Robert Picardo (Voyager’s EMH) will be guest starring in tonight’s episode on TNT’s Perception playing an author by the name of A.Z. Weyland, who has written a book about his alleged alien abduction experiences. It also feature a Sci-Fi convention in the episode, so it’s chock full of Star Wars cosplayers (Slave Leia!) and Star Trek in-jokes. Franchises collide when Picardo is apprehended by Stormtroopers…

As you may know, LeVar Burton also recurs on Perception as Paul Haley, Dean of the University. The show was created by Michael Sussman (former writer/producer for Star Trek Enterprise) and Ken Biller (former writer/producer for Star Trek Voyager).


In Perception, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Pierce has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. He also has an uncanny ability to see patterns and look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath.

Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, but it’s also damaged. He struggles with hallucinations and paranoid delusions brought on by his schizophrenia. Oddly, Daniel considers some of his hallucinations to be a gift. They occasionally allow him to make connections that his conscious mind can’t yet process. At other times, the hallucinations become Daniel’s greatest curse, leading him to behave in irrational, potentially dangerous ways.

Daniel’s mental condition and offbeat manner make it difficult for him to achieve the close friendships and intimate relationships he craves. He’s in his element when solving an intricate puzzle or a coded message. But in unfamiliar situations, he can quickly become overwhelmed, and only his favorite music and a crossword puzzle have the power to make things right again.

Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on certain cases. Unlike her colleagues, Kate is willing to look past Daniel’s peculiarities. Also in Daniel’s life is Max Lewicki (Arjay Smith), who serves as his teaching assistant. His primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task, whether that means grading midterms or laying out Pierce’s wardrobe for the day. And Natalie Vincent (Kelly Rowan) is Daniel’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) will play a recurring role as Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend.

PERCEPTION – “Alienation” – airs Tuesday, July 2nd at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT


  • Janeway Lambda Zero

    Never heard of this show but will definitely be checking it out tonight – looks great! Picardo is a comic genius. Thanks for the article trekcore.

  • SciFiGoddess

    Hahahahaha LOVE that image! my husband and I will be watching 🙂

  • Angel Delight

    Mike Sussman is awesome. He wrote some of my favorite Voyager episodes – Shattered, Author Author, Renaissance Man. The Enterprise I watched turned out to be mostly his episodes too – Twilight, IAMD. All great. You need to interview him at some point Trek Core!

    • trek Bat

      Agreed. He’s very under – appreciated.

  • Arne Starr

    Just off to the side of that pic up there and likely in other shots is another Trek alum, ME, wearing my Robin Hood suit that I made eons ago. The real irony, as Bob put it, that Friday we shot the convention part of it, was him coming up to me and letting me know he was actually supposed to be at a REAL convention that day. So I doubled the irony back at him as I ALSO was supposed to be at a con that day. He at a Burbank Creation con and myself by LAX at Gallifrey 2013, but instead we both went to work making believe we were at a con instead…

    • JohnS

      I’m just a fan… saw your post – and remembered all the wonderful hours of enjoyment i got back seeing your work when you were with DC Comics. Decided to wiki you just for fun to see what you were up to lately and saw some idiot the other day edited your wiki entry and posted that it should be deleted because you’re just a “film extra” and the page was nothing but self-promotion… I did a quick edit to remove that – but I’m sure the idiot will try to put it back in…

      • Arne Starr

        Thanks John, appreciated. There is always someone like that out there who just likes to hurt people.

        • JohnS

          No problem… it is now on my watch list in case that troll returns. it reminds me of that scene in Chasing Amy… there is never any love for the INKER. THE INKER is an important part of bringing the art to the page and making it pop. And sir – your work was extraordinary – and during your run – I thought it was some of the best work DC had done.

          • Arne Starr

            When I first came out to Hollywood, one of the earliest shows I worked on was My Name Is Earl, and so got to actually thank Jason for spouting Kevin’s words so well, and that from an ACTUAL inker, and also got to get playful snide with the person (Ethan) who he beat into the ground, who was now playing his brother on Earl. actually got to do a “what are you doing here” with Ethan as he passed me driving on the Paramount back lot while we were paused shooting Spider-man 3 (I was driving one of the cars on the street outside the Jazz club).

          • Arne Starr

            Apparently the troll succeeded. I have no page on Wikipedia

  • George Ternent

    And don’t forget Armin Shimerman playing Dr Ryan Cutler in season one.