Lie To Me 1.11 Undercover (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
Kevin Tighe: Fletcher
Currie Graham:
Tim Guinee: Alec Foster
Sean Patrick Thomas:
D.B. Woodside:
David Warshofsky:
Jason Beghe:
Martin Papazian:
Consulting Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Director: Seith Mann

Lie To Me 1.11 Undercover (2009)

Lightman tries to determine if a pair of detectives are lying in the near-fatal shooting of a young man but finds there is much more at stake than he could have anticipated. Meanwhile, The Lightman Group are being sued for their role in losing the funds in the Joseph Hollin case (in Depraved Heart).

7/10

Poses an interesting moral dilemma: should you allow a definite miscarriage of justice to go ahead if it might prevent a possible catastrophe in the future? The resolution to the Alec Foster affair storyline turned out better than expected with SPOILER him having a cocaine problem and the woman being his support contact but Tim Guinee has already added another slime-ball to his entirely resistible gallery of ne’er-do-wells.

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Lie To Me 1.07 The Best Policy (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
D.W. Moffett:
Tim Guinee: Alec Foster
Rick Hoffman:
Alexa Fischer:
Deidrie Henry:
Writer: T.J. Brady
Writer: Rasheed Newson
Director: Arvin Brown

Lie To Me 1.07 Best Policy, The (2009)

Lightman’s life-long, best-friend ever in the history of the world ever asks him to discover who broke into a pharmaceutical lab and stole a secret formula. Dr. Foster assists the State Department with the release of Americans due to be executed in Yemen on drug trafficking charges.

7/10

The introduction of a lifelong, best friend on a television show always means that that friendship is about to come to an end. While Lie To Me is ticking off all the television drama clich├ęs, it is working and that unquantifiable is critical. Roth does seem to be regressing into Thade (from Planet of the Apes) as the series progresses though. However, this episode does highlight a fascinating situation. In Yemen, drug trafficking carries the death penalty. Two Americans are caught carrying drugs and are will be sentenced to be executed. America throws a hissy fit and demands their return. Why? It’s not like they aren’t guilty.

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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 1.01 (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Kay Panabaker:
Jake Thomas: James Cooke
Kathryn Meisle:
Scott Paulin: Gerald Cooke
Robert Wisdom: Bonds
Joshua C. Stamberg: A.U.S.A. Hutchinson
Tim Griffin:
Randy Oglesby:
Tyrees Allen: DNC Chairman Baldridge
Tim Guinee: Ron Foster
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer: Samuel Baum
Director: Robert Schwentke

Lie To Me 1.01 Lie To Me (2009)

Behaviourial scientist Dr. Cal Lightman is an expert on reading peoples facial mannerisms and other body language to detect whether someone is lying or not. His company, The Lightman Group, is hired on two cases this week: one involving an under-eighteen murder suspect and another where a politician is about to be exposed for regularly using an escort.

7/10

While the facial micro-expressions are performed without enough subtlety (and so come across as gurning), the two plots are pretty off-the-shelf and the spread of lead characters is mandated by US TV law (the maverick hero, the powerful woman, the gifted rookie and the odd one), the concept is intriguing. Part of why you want to watch is, well, not to put too fine a point on it, a fascination with becoming a better liar or, if you’re lying about it, to try and better detect liars yourself. Tim Roth is our maverick hero and is, as usual, excellent. This could be his House but only time will tell.

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