Lie to Me: Season 2
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Amazingly, considering the themes, this is at once a very intelligent show yet suitable for viewing with audiences of all ages. My only complaint is that Roth, with his distinctive british accent, is occasionally difficult to understand, but this might be a function of my diminishing auditory acuity (typical for baby boomers) but I wondered if the digital technicians could have compensated. But this is a very minor complaint and would in no way keep me from buying the series. I am sure younger ears will have no problem with the sound.
I rate this series high for great acting, great writing, and an intriguing premise.
The acting is fabulous, which I suppose it has to be since the show teaches us to spot the signs of lying, ie acting. Tim Roth continues to steal the show but everyone in the supporting cast does an amazing job.
The writers make each episode a mix of something totally fresh while building the underlying subplots and relationships. If a shows major plot isn't a subject that appeals to me I still get caught up in the psychological back stories and the continuing character development.It's nice to have a show that wraps a meaningful story around a wide variety of scenario's without relying on cursing or violence.
Paul Ekman's science of reading facial expressions and emotions is intriguing. I'm sure it's glamorized here but just by watching the show you start to become more adept at seeing what the people around you aren't saying, that was unexpected but a pretty nifty benefit.
For those who haven't started watching, the show focuses on Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth), the head of The Lightman Group. His company is in the business of researching how to know if someone is lying or not. Cal has come to the point where by simply looking at a person as they speak he can recognize the tell tale signs that they are indeed lying, a human lie detector if you will. The show simply involves him in stories that revolve around both clients seeking his help and his personal life where it comes in handy. Everything from being taken hostage by a man accused of killing his wife to wondering if his teenage daughter is visiting college frat parties is fair game.
But Lightman is not alone. Along for the ride is long time friend and partner in the business Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams). Foster is the rational mind to Lightman's off kilter style of handling things. Where Lightman might seem completely off the wall most times, Foster is one who keeps things together and does most of the clean up work afterwards. Season one featured Lightman discovering that Foster's husband was cheating on her. Season two deals with her being newly divorced which in usual TV series would lead to her going to bed with Lightman. Not so here.Read more ›
I loved Season 1. I was hooked, so when I found out there was a S2, I didn't waste time. There was a lot more action, more political cases that I felt took away from the actual science and diverse cases that The Lightman Group took that S1 had showcased so well. At times, it de-evolves to mainstream action dramas that focuses on the usual big political corruption and coverups, and, while providing lots of flashy action, snappy dialogue, it tends to lack any real substance overall. Even the episodes that reveal more about one of the characters are vague and nebulous.
As always, Tim Roth is superb as Dr. Cal Lightman. Kellie Williams as Dr. Gillian Foster is a nice compliment but she's not Cal's equal in any way and that is part of the problem--the dynamic is skewed. Tthere is no real strong female counter to Cal, which is often balanced between Foster, Torress and Zooey. The two prodigies, Loker and Torres, while still 'main stays' from S1, are still background noise. Watch it for Tim Roth. You can't take your eyes away from him and he's worth watching the complete series for. BUT, the way he's written in S2, he's out of control more often than not. Half the time he's getting beat up or attacked in some other way, beating or attacking others 'to get a reaction out of someone', getting threatened and everything in between. He breaks the rules, is judge and jury and no one thinks twice. He's never wrong.Read more ›
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It amazing to watch Lie to Me seasons. If we can apply this to real life.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I love that show is based on actual research. Tim Roth is great in the role of Cal Lightman.Published 2 days ago by Susan
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Thanks for the heads up! I called the number this morning and the customer service rep said that he has already heard about this complaint three times already! There's no immediate plans however he "is going to look into it." He hadn't seen the promo and even asked "...and it said... Read More
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