Lie To Me 2.03 Control Factor (2009, Mystery Drama) – 5/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Hayley McFarland: Emily Lightman
Mekhi Phifer: FBI Agent Ben Reynolds
Creator: Samuel Baum
Marc Blucas:
Jose Zuniga:
Timothy Carhart:
Mary Mara:
Dale Midkiff:
Max Arciniega:
Patrick J. Adams:
Consulting Producer: Sharon Lee Watson
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer: Sharon Lee Watson
Director: James Hayman

Lie To Me 2.03 Control Factor (2009)

While in Mexico on holiday, Lightman is unofficially requested to look into the disappearance of an American national (!).


Lie to Me is in a rut but it’s still well acted and professionally produced and entertaining. Continuing to pack two plots into each episode certainly helps (one for Lightman, one for Foster) as it guarantees the show moves at a brisk pace. While it is normal for all television shows to have everyone outside of our regular heroes be hiding something or a baddie or be stupid, the fact that behavourial reading can only ever be taken as a sign and not as the be-all-and-end-all is really sticking out like a sore thumb. Unlike CSI and traditional maverick detective shows, Lightman’s opinion should be a tool for someone in authority to use. While consistently doing that would certainly undermine his role as the show’s hero, at least an occasional nod to it every so often would be welcome. Still, as I say, despite the instant transparency of this second season, I am still enjoying it.

This Lie To Me episode contains mild adult dialogue and extremely gruesome scene briefly but easily glimpsed in photograph.


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