Lie To Me 2.05 Grievous Bodily Harm (2009, Mystery Drama) – 6/10 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
Lennie James: Terry Marsh
James Frain: McClellan
Jay R. Ferguson: Jimmy
Spencer Garrett: Mr. Anders
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer: Alexander Cary
Director: Eric Laneuville

Lie To Me 2.05 Grievous Bodily Harm (2009)

Lightman is surprised to see old English friend Terry Jones after twenty-two years but isn’t surprised that he needs to borrow Lightman’s skills to help him out of a bit of trouble. The Lightman Institute investigates a video of death and mayhem sent to a school headmaster and see it as a threat of homocidal intent.

6/10

This makes the error of the main-character-dies-in-flash-forward pre-credits sequence. This is a technique that works precisely once for each viewer in his entertainment consuming life. As we simply don’t believe the hero dies, our suspension of disbelief is deliberately shattered by the makers. As the situation is so common in entertainment (an onscreen character dies), there is no intrigue or interest. Despite the poor start, however, the episode manages to continually claw back quality and interest. The Foster storyline features an unusual situation (SPOILER teacher orchestrates bullying of a fat girl who eventually sends a cryptic and misinterpreted suicide video) while the Lightman story benefits from good antagonistic chemistry between Roth and guest star Lennie James.

This Lie To Me episode contains a sexual swear word, mild swear words, bad language, adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes.

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