Lie To Me 1.02 Moral Waiver (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Writer (Creator): Samuel Baum
Charles Parnell:
David Anders: Staff Sergeant Russell Scott
Supervising Producer: Josh Singer
Co-Executive Producer: Adam Davidson
Writer: Josh Singer
Director: Adam Davidson

Lie To Me 1.02 Moral Waiver (2009)

After debunking the latest polygraph with an egg and a babe, Lightman is requested to determine whether a female soldier who has accused her sergeant of rape is telling the truth or not. Dr. Foster investigates a charge of bribery against a high-school basketball player who is due to turn pro at the end of the year.

6/10

The information on micro-expressions and body language is fascinating, as are the real-world examples of such; fascinating enough to paper over the frustratingly routine framework and characterisation and clumsy portrayal of the micro-expressions and body language. That won’t last, however, so Lie To Me needs to add guile and subtlety to give it legs. It also seems anachronistic of Lightman to dismiss polygraph tests while his associate uses voice stress analysis (which has the exact same weakness) to help with the second case-of-the-week.

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