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Lies, Damn Lies, and Network TV

Friday, February 06, 2009
Late one night I happened to catch the pilot for Lie To Me on Hulu and, intrigued, have watched the subsequent episodes. The show stars the always fun Tim Roth (and several other people) as Dr. Lightman, who is apparently a consultant who studies human emotions - especially as they relate to the truth.

Tim Roth in Lie to Me

Interesting concept. Unfortunately, even after only three episodes filled with great acting and interesting dialogue, the show already feels stale. Perhaps it's the idea of various law enforcement agencies consulting with someone just to see if the suspect is telling the truth, perhaps it's the predictability of the plot twists, or perhaps it's just the fact that the show is focusing too much on the weekly crimes and not enough on the meta-plot. I mean, it might as well be a show about Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth except they've left out all the interesting bits about Wonder Woman and the Justice League. It will get pretty boring pretty fast if they don't start developing characters a little faster.

Anyway, the show's fun to watch, but if nothing changes, I don't think it'll make it past a season and a half. Again, only if nothing changes.


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