Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lie to Me Season 1

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Lie to Me Season 1 - 4 out of 5

Witty and charming is the start of this season and series but then takes a slight dip as it tries too hard to pour in the drama that we see in other Fox programs like House. The real science behind the show of looking for the tells of when someone is lying is quite interesting. If you also think so, I suggest you check out the BBC mini-series called The Human Face hosted by John Cleese. The mini-expressions that are often the source of the lie are covered quite extensively. The show's storylines, for the most part, are self contained, one shot episodes with no real overall story arc--with the exception of the character development. The writing isn't terrible but it's not great either. It's just good enough to be fun and keep you watching. The first two episodes had a much more lighthearted feel to them and after that, the writers started to force more drama into the show and, in my opinion, actually harmed the show because it always feels tacked on and pandering to the audience as it goes for the easy strings that pull at your heart. And then there's the characters of the show. Tim Roth delivers excellently in his role of Dr. Cal Lightman but that is no surprise because the man is damn talented. Many could draw similarities between himself and another star of a great Fox program, Dr. House. Both are very intelligent and quick to be an asshole but Tim Roth's character isn't always intentionally a dick like House is. But despite this similarity, Dr. Cal Lightman is very entertaining to watch. The same, however, can't be said of many of the other characters. While none of them are particularly annoying or distracting, none of them really have the screen presence that Tim Roth has and, sometimes, they see like they are around for only to be used as plot devices. For example, the character of Ria Torres seems to only be used to portray the tired female cliche of the woman who gets TOO involved in a case that is about a victimized woman. However, like I said, despite some of these shortcomings with some of the supporting cast, they aren't annoying enough to take you out of the show and, I am hoping, that they are developed a little more and the show can become more of an ensemble cast, rather than a one man show with Tim Roth. Despite some of the bad, there is enough good going on with this show to warrant me to continue to watch. And, as Dr. Lightman can tell you, that ISN'T a lie.

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