Lie To Me 2.02 Truth or Consequences (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
John Carroll Lynch:
John Pyper-Ferguson:
James Marsters:
Gretchen Egolf:
Chadwick Boseman:
Jennifer Beals: Zoe Landau
Consulting Producer: Nick Santora
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer: Nick Santora
Director: Michael Offer

Lie To Me 2.02 Truth or Consequences (2009)

Lightman tries to determine whether a college student knew his frat party sexual partner was under-age but ends up learning more about his daughter Emily.

6/10

The endings of both storylines feel weak but some of the earlier scenes featuring Lightman with his daughter are very well done. It always intrigues me how behaviour usually performed by parents is later condemned when performed by their children. In a society where so-called casual sex is regarded with all the importance of a cheap alternative to ordering a pizza, why is the sexual activity of your child frequently a bitter pill to swallow? Perhaps, despite all the contemporary openness about the mechanics of intercourse, the fact is sex is still seen as a commodity (‘I’ve had / I want her / him’), an exercising of power, a defining of your relationship and not as a genuinely shared experience.

This Lie To Me episode contains adult dialogue and violence and sexuality.

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Lie To Me 2.01 The Core of It (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
Erika Christensen:
Tomas Arana:
Michael Raymond-James:
Jennifer Beals: Zoe Landau
Executive Producer: Elizabeth Craft
Executive Producer: Sarah Fain
Executive Producer: Daniel Sackheim
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer: Elizabeth Craft
Writer: Sarah Fain
Director: Daniel Sackheim

Lie To Me 2.01 Core of It, The (2009)

A college student approaches Cal and tells him that she has seen a vision of a murder but that the police don’t believe her. Cal does and sets about studying either the truth or cause of her vision.

5/10

Two things that simply do not work on-screen: hypnotism and split personalities. So it’s a double whammy of fail for the return of this show and we’ll just ignore this mis-step for now. The acting is fine, though,

This Lie To Me episode contains bad language, adult language and strong violence.

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Lie To Me 1.13 Sacrifice (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Cast / crew
Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Creator: Samuel Baum
Mekhi Phifer:
Sean Patrick Thomas:
Molly Price:
Jonathan Banks:
Hayley McFarland: Emily Lightman
Anthony Azizi:
Bernard White:
Jennifer Beals: Zoe Landau
Supervising Producer: Josh Singer
Co-Executive Producer: Dustin Thomason
Co-Executive Producer: Adam Davidson
Writer: Josh Singer
Writer: Dustin Thomason
Director: Adam Davidson

Lie To Me 1.13 Sacrifice (2009)

The FBI use Lightman when a suicide bombing destroys a bus full of passengers.

7/10

Of course it would be marvellous if all suicide bombings could be cleared up inside a day but that’s the nature of television dramas and the story is interesting and unpredictable enough to close Lie To Me on a high. The episode title Sacrifice gets one worried that the writers had run out of ideas and would be killing off one of our heroes but, refreshingly, that’s not the case. The sacrifice comes in the form of the comic book cliché “with these powers, I shall become a superhero” and the famous Star Trek quote: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one.” Lie To Me has proved to be an entertaining and interesting new show and I look forward to a second season.

This Lie To Me episode contains unpleasant scenes.

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