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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Lie To Me 1.08 Depraved Heart (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Writer (Creator): Samuel Baum
Daniel Benzali:
Megan Dodds:
Kirk B.R. Woller:
Hayley McFarland:
Sunkrish Bala:
Co-Executive Producer: Dustin Thomason
Co-Executive Producer: Adam Davidson
Writer: Dustin Thomason
Director: Adam Davidson

Lie To Me 1.08 Depraved Heart (2009)

Lightman involves himself in the suicide of two sisters while Dr. Foster is assisting a SCC investigation into a stolen pension fund.

7/10

The connection between the suicide victims was interesting, not something I’d seen before (SPOILER they were all surrogate mothers being taken advantage of by an immigration official). There’s something about the show which is really working emotionally. Critical scenes are hitting the mark with surprising force. This week, it’s the final scene between Lightman and his daughter as he prepares to tell her that her grandmother committed suicide. Depraved Heart is an American legal term referring to causing death by action or inaction that shows callous disregard for human life.

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Lie To Me 1.04 Love Always (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
Tom Verica:
Sean Patrick Thomas:
Tim Guinee: Alec Foster
Brian Tee:
Co-Executive Producer: Adam Davidson
Executive Producer: Steven Maeda
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer (Screenplay): Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer (Story): Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer (Story): Steven Maeda
Director: Tim Hunter

Lie To Me 1.04 Love Always (2009)

The whole team assist the Secret Service at the wedding of the son of a South Korean Ambassador when news of a possible political assassination is discovered.

6/10

Monica Raymund is certainly proving an irritant (oddly this would disappear once she started wearing her hair down, amazing) but the show is working. Just a single plot this week and while I was hoping that SPOILER the bride did it, there was plenty of entertaining hidden truths to reveal before finally getting to the real assassin.

This Lie To Me episode contains graphic gun violence.

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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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