In another example of the writers taking the most obvious path, Pierce demonstrates that a person is a human lie detector by showing the character’s ability to identify former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton as liars. Wow. Anybody else would have been a more creative choice.
Similarly, throughout the pilot episode Pierce engages in deep conversations with an ex-girlfriend, and when it’s revealed (plot spoiler alert) that she, too, is an hallucination, it’s no surprise to any reasonably competent observer.
A second mystery element in the pilot episode shows more promise, though unfortunately it is given only a few minutes of screen time. It involves a murder in which a pair of adulterers conspires to kill one’s spouse, and it includes a decent twist before the killers are revealed. The motive, of course, is nothing new, but the route taken to get there is rather interesting.
That’s how the most successful mysteries typically work, and if future episodes of Perception concentrate less on being clever in the basic concept and more on being clever in execution, it will have a better chance of success.
S. T. Karnick is editor of The American Culture.
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