Pros and Cons of Super Senses

The above is a show from the late 90’s that was about a cop whose senses where enhanced.  Not just a few like Wolverine, but all 5 and the creators were very good about giving each one a use.  Ellison was described as a walking forensic lab during the show and he had military training that was enhanced by his senses.  Sadly, it didn’t make it beyond 3 seasons and a clean up season.  Never got to see the 4th one because I was in college, it was 2 years after the 3rd, and I only found out about it today.  Also, Seasons 2-4 are not on DVD and I’m done with this moping.

Something I always liked about this show is that there were downsides to his senses and they backfired at times.  If he focused too much on one sense then the other ones dimmed or turned off.  So he had to master using them without falling into trances that left him vulnerable.  There were times when he would be using an enhanced senses and something would go horribly wrong.  For example, I think he was blinded by a light at the worst possible moment and another time he got sick because of a scent in the air.  Might be mixing up episodes though.  Need to watch again at some point, but Brisco County Jr. is next on my list.  So what are some pros and cons for each sense, but remember that this is not a comprehensive list.  It’s just what I can think of without rambling on for pages:


Pros– Nightvision, longer range, and increased visual awareness are possibilities.

Cons– Easily blinded and tunnel vision syndrome.


Pros– Improved tracking, unable to be surprised, pick up changes that denote lying/anxiety, eavesdropping on private conversations, and other increased auditory awareness abilities.

Cons– Deafened by sudden sounds and too focused on hearing for other senses to kick in.


Pros– Improved tracking, sensing poisons/bad food, recognizing people before seeing them, and other increased olfactory awareness abilities.

Cons– Very bad hay fever, potency of colds can be worse than normal humans, overpowering smells can kill sense, smelling something does not always mean identification, and looking odd sniffing everyone.


Pros– Identify ingredients to food, easily find trace amounts of things, rule at wine tasting, pick up molecules in the air, and other taste-based abilities.  (This is really the hardest one to use.)

Cons– Only identify what is known (Sentinel practiced with different foods), spices can be overpowering, and kissing someone with halitosis will suck.


Pros– Instinctive sense of wind changes, find subtle changes in textures, uncover hidden doorways, and other tactile abilities.

Cons– Increased sensations of pain, some textures might full sharp like sandpaper, and skin is easily agitated.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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4 Responses to Pros and Cons of Super Senses

  1. L. Marie says:

    Ha! I was talking with some friends about old shows like this! How awful that you can’t get all of the seasons on DVD. Can you stream it through Netflix?

    It fits well with the topic. Great list by the way. A good reminder of what could go wrong when someone has an enhanced sense. I have a character who has an enhanced sense of smell. I need to take your advice though and mention what could go wrong.


    • I don’t think it’s on Netflix either. Never understood why some shows are nearly impossible to find. I do know that ‘Muppet Babies’ probably won’t appear on DVD because it requires a lot of rights for the cutscenes used. Then again, Disney owns Muppets and Star Wars (one of the big sources of cutscenes), so maybe it’ll happen.

      Honestly, I think this is one of the problems I have with Wolverine. He has enhanced senses, but they never backfire on him. Unless he can turn his sense of smell on or off, he’s going to be a mess in a garbage dump.


  2. Super smell… might be some occasions where you need super nose plugs. 🙂


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