Perception “Faces” Review – Can The Brain Ever Lie To Itself?

Perception (TNT) Faces Episode 2

“Faces” was the second episode of the new TNT series Perception starring Eric McCormack as the schizophrenic professor Daniel Pierce, and Rachael Leigh Cook as FBI agent (and former student of Pierce) Kate Moretti. Kate is thrown into solving another murder case that has crept up into her files, and this one focuses on the disappearance of a mail order bride and an underground prostitution ring.

For a second I felt like I was watching an episode of Law and Order: SVU, but then the story changed from sex crimes into the psychology of the case. Moretti is questioning Frank Prentice (W. Earl Brown) about the disappearance of his wife. Prentice was found unconscious on the floor by his live in maid, and woke to find his wife was missing. Prentice apparently owes the company that… provided… his wife to him, and Prentice confesses that the owner of the business said his wife, Olena, could “work off” Prentice’s debt.

Ew.

With Olena missing, it seems like she’s been kidnapped by these bad men, but there’s a problem. Even though Prentice saw his attacker, he can’t identify or describe him at all. Pierce is called in by Moretti and explains that Prentice actually suffers from “face blindness” (yes, it’s a real thing) and can’t decipher faces of people he knows.

The entire case then follows this story line in a “who done it” style that featured some excellent scenes through Prentice’s eyes. Even though I’m hearing it called “just another crime drama”, Perception is more than that. The show really digs into the psychology and different disorders that various people suffer from and does an excellent job at tying that sickness into a feasibly way that the crime was committed. It never seems too far fetched or that the writers didn’t do their research.

Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook are wonderful and play brilliantly off one another. Also – does Kelly Rowan ever age?! She looks amazing! On a more professional note, I love, love, love, the relationship between her character and Pierce. It’s both tragic and wonderful.

So, how are you feeling about Perception after the second episode?