Before I go into the review, I'll let you know a bit of why I was intrigued by the premise. I worked as a PA for a pro poker player for 6 months and had the benefit of attending a private day of instruction ($15k) with Joe Navarro, a former FBI counter-intelligence interrogator with a specialty in non-verbal communication. Mr. Navarro has published 2 works on the subject one of which is tailored to poker tells. His instruction is basically what Lie To Me is all about, and having had the 2 days of learning under my belt I can tell you that the premise of the show is not only authentic, but very accurate as well.
Tim Roth does a fine job (as always) as Dr. Cal Lightman, and the rest of the cast is pretty solid so far. My only fear is that the show will run out of steam pretty quickly as I can see it getting repetitive.
So far the first two episodes have been great. It improved during the second as the cast is finally being given their own subplots and motivations as opposed to Lightman illustrating his science every single time he is on screen.
If the show is going to succeed it will be based on what is happening to the characters outside of the central arc. The ability to deceive any of the cast is null and void therefore I'm not sure how they will build inter-personal tensions.
Mrs. Kim Roth demanded that we watch this show. I could do without all the celebrity clips and think I will probably stop watching it unless the next one doesn't really grabs me. LOST is enough for me on Wednesdays (although I still watch "Life on Mars" if only for Kim and/or I to ask "why are we still watching THIS crappy show?" every week)...
Caught the pilot on Hulu and I liked it. I've been meaning to watch the second episode at some point. My only concern is that the whole cut-away-to-a-celebrity-lying bit was starting to get old in the pilot. Plus, there are only so many tells out there, so I can't see them constantly educating us. Even so, I enjoyed Roth's performance and I look forward to seeing the rest of the cast's roles expand.
Plus, did anyone else think the skinhead was Steve Austin based on the commercials? Watching the show, it was obvious that it wasn't, but with the quick cuts in the commercials I was never sure.
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Well, I like the premise, and of course Tim Roth is Tim Roth, but I feel like the execution is a little shakey so far. The scripts come off as really mediocre to me. It helps that the other principle actors (besides Roth) are mostly pretty good, but they can't make up for everything. Still, I think the show has a lot of potential, and if it gets enough episodes to really hit its stride then it'll probably end up pretty good.
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I suppose I'm weird in that I hated Tim Urban every other week, but actually enjoyed his reggaed out "Under My Thumb". Probably helps that I kind of hate that song to begin with, so I didn't mind it being raped.