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 1.09 Life Is Priceless (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
Shea Whigham:
Fredric Lehne:
Lauren Bowles:
Cheryl White:
Richard Brooks:
Co-Executive Producer: Dustin Thomason
Writer: Dustin Thomason
Director: Clark Johnson

Lie To Me 1.09 Life Is Priceless (2009)

Lightman and Dr. Foster assist a FEMA rescue attempt to try and clear up the truth as to the locations of three missing men. Loker and Torres get an offer they can’t refuse from a billionaire businessman who wants to know if his fiancée knew about his wealth before she met him.

6/10

Two consulting producers that appeared last week, disappear this week and the opening credits return (Brand New Day by Ryan Star). Odd. While the Lightman / Foster side of the episode is pretty unconvincing this time (they seem horribly out of place), series’ morals are explicitly stated toward the end which reminds us of how unusually positive Lie To Me is: lies are found out, lies beget harder lies, lies cause damage. It is extremely unusual for Western television shows to evangelise such commendable traits. American shows, in particular, tend to advocate selfishness and power, particularly in the context of treating comparable bodies with disdain (for example, the CSI treat police as stupid or doctors will treat police as stupid or old women will treat police as stupid).

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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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