Perception

Season 1 Episode 4

Cipher

8
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 30, 2012 on TNT
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Pierce attempts to break a code that someone left in a newspaper.

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  • NSA couldn't crack it, but he could

    9.0
    Very nice episode with some fun stuff, like code on newspaper, random World War II soldier, conversation with a coma victim, "ghost" telling Pierce to not listen to another "ghost", etc. This might also be the first episode where we could relate deeply with Pierce's paranoia toward corporations (if you have the nerve to mess with honest farmers, then you deserve something nasty like sarin in your face).



    If there was any weak spot, it could be Lewicki's strike, since it didn't seem to be important at all. Everything else was above average.moreless
  • Excellent episode!

    10
    This is unbelievably smart show and it is not something you get very often on a TV. It's a great mix of crime, drama, humour and knowledge. This episode was in particulary great and it could easily be a full-time movie played in the cinema.
Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes

British Intelligence Officer

Guest Star

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough

Fredrick James Dafoe

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Laurie Fortier

Laurie Fortier

Hospital Doctor

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Jonathan Scarfe

Jonathan Scarfe

FBI Special Agent Roger Probert

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    • Dr. Daniel Pierce: What is a conscience? Is it something we can locate on a MRI? Studies have shown that people with damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex are actually more willing to sacrifice a human life as long as they perceive it's for some greater good. But what about people who have no trouble sacrificing others to their own selfish ends? Is heartless cruelty our true nature? And empathy the aberration? My grandmother used to say "It's nice to be nice." and that may be true. Or, are we better off spending every waking moment tending our own selfish needs? The good news is, it turns out, there is evolutionary advantage to simple human kindness. We couldn't get through a cold Paleolithic winter without a little cooperation. Still, on some prehistoric level, we're all lone hunters. So it can feel dangerous to show any softness to other members of the tribe. But if we manage to lay down our clubs and our sharpened rocks, answering the call of an altruistic imperative can be its own reward.

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