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Lie To Me

I don’t watch much television beyond movies and sport but I have to admit to being hooked on the latest US import “crime” series “Lie To Me” (Season 2) which is currently screening at 9pm each Thursday night on Sky1.

It was first broadcast in the US from January 2009.

In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his colleagues in The Lightman Group accept assignments from third parties (commonly local and federal law enforcement), and assist in investigations, reaching the truth through applied psychology: interpreting microexpressions, through the Facial Action Coding System, and body language.

In May 2009, the show was renewed for a second season consisting of 13 episodes, Season 2 premiered on September 28, 2009.  On November 24, 2009, Fox ordered an extra nine episodes for season 2, bringing the season order to 22 episodes.

On May 12, 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that Lie to Me received a 13-episode third season pick-up to start November 10, 2010.

Based on the real-life scientific discoveries of Paul Ekman, the series follows Lightman and his team of deception experts as they assist law enforcement and government agencies to expose the truth behind the lies.

The season opens with Cal and Gillian hiring a new associate: former TSA officer Ria Torres. Ria scored extraordinarily high on Cal’s deception detection diagnostic, and is labeled a “natural” at deception detection. Her innate talent in the field clashes with Cal’s academic approach, and he often shows off by rapidly analyzing her every facial expression. She counters by reading Lightman and when he least expects it, peppers conversations with quotes from his books.

It was gradually revealed that Dr. Lightman was driven to study micro-expressions as a result of guilt over his mother’s suicide; she claimed to have been fine in order to obtain a weekend pass from a psychiatric ward, when she was actually experiencing agony.

For a small number of the early episodes Lightman would team up with Torres working on a case, while Foster and Loker would team up on a separate case. Occasionally their work would intertwine or Foster or Lightman would provide assistance on each others cases. As the first season progressed, the cases became more involved and all four of the main characters would work together on one case for each episode. This formulaic technique is often used in the first episodes of a new series to help establish the characters.

In addition to detecting deception in subjects they interview, Lightman and his team also use various interviewing and interrogation tactics to elicit information that is useful to their cases. Rather than by force, they instead use careful lines of questions, provocative statements, theatrics and healthy doses of deception on their own part. In the show’s pilot episode, Lightman is speaking to a man who is refusing to speak at all, and is able to discern vital information by talking to him and gauging his reaction to each statement.

The theme tune to the series sounded like Colplay but on googling it I dicovered it is a song called “Brand New Day” by Ryan Star who it turns out is a winner of a reality television contest “Rock Star : Supernova” which perhaps explains why it sounds like someone else.

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July 24, 2010 - Posted by | Television, Video | ,

3 Comments »

  1. […] For a post on Lie To Me click HERE […]

    Pingback by 2010 Top 30 New and Old #6 « Helpless Dancer | December 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. sad to hear they let this show go.. its was the only one I watched on all of tv.. booo!!

    Comment by allegory in the sky | May 27, 2011 | Reply

    • Didn’t know they were dropping it, here in Scotland the third series starts on Thursday.

      Thanks for dropping in.

      HD

      Comment by thehelplessdancer | May 28, 2011 | Reply


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