A Random Blog of Everything I like
When I was younger, still in junior and high school, Indonesian TV channels were full of TV series from Hollywood. Those were my favorite TV days. They showed My Secret Identity, Friends, Growing Pains, The A Team, Mission Impossible, Incredible Hulk, and my all time favorite TV Series, The X Files.
However, the darks ages came afterward…after all those TV Channel found the fun of making horrible sinetron. Indonesian drama that only filled deception, traitor, insurgent and stuff I don’t enjoy. They kept on emphasizing on the differences between the rich and the poor and love between them…sort of like Latinos Telenovela. I called it the dark ages because I no longer watch TV. Few years back, a new TV Channel was kind enough to show 24 (in the middle of the night), Supernatural and Heroes. I enjoyed those series a lot (tho I hate Heroes session 2). And then that TV Channel sort of specialized itself to silly reality shows that emphasize on people’s domestic problem. Like I give a damn about who is cheating with whom. So, I stopped watching TV again.
Recently, another new TV Channel called B Channel showed up….and to my surprise, so far B Channel is the kindest TV Channel around. They showed American Idol, not a good season and so boring, but I enjoyed seeing Steven Tyler. And then they became nicer by showing Trauma, CSI: New York and my new favorite Lie To Me.
I only watch Trauma and CSI: New York when I had time to watch it. When I was busy blogging after work, I prefer to stay blogging than watching it. People said CSI was as good as The X Files, in my opinion CSI doesn’t even get closed to The X Files. B Channel changed Trauma with a new show called Lie To Me and I was (and still am) hooked to it. I always dropped everything I was doing to watch Lie To Me. I got restless when I was working overtime because I was afraid I might miss the series (it was aired at 9 PM).
What is it about Lie To Me that makes it so fun to watch?
Lie To Me tells the story of a company that specialized in deception, the company is called Lightman Group. They are often hired by FBI to solve cases that are too difficult for them. But they do not close their door to other cases. They are kinda like private detective in figuring out who lies and causes trouble toward the investigation. They read micro expression from anyone they interviewed.
It is said that micro expression is always the same for everyone no matter what race they come from. It covers slight changes on someone’s face and other small gestures that often thought as nothing significant. To solve the case, they sometimes have to deceive the interviewee. The owner of the company is the master of deception.
Let’s take a look at the characters behind Lie To Me
Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) is an interesting character, in fact the most interesting character in the series. He is the boss of Lightman Group. He is really good in reading micro expression and in lying to other people. One of my favorite episodes is when Lightman a ‘long con’ where he deceived everyone (including his staffs and his protégé) in other to solve the copy cat serial killer. As Torres said, he is scary good. I like the way Tim Roth used his accent and the way he made the character as someone arrogant and yet not totally arrogant. Cal Lightman is a bit weird for normal people, then again all geniuses are always peculiar in their own way. I like everything about Cal Lightman even to the way he moves his body. In short, Cal Lightman is the reason I enjoy this series. Tim Roth did great job to create this character.
Cal Lightman character was based on Dr. Paul Ekman, a psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions at University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams) is Lightman’s colleague. She is really close to Lightman, she is the only one in the company who calls him Cal instead of Lightman.
Ria Torres (Monica Raymond) is Lightman’s protégé. She was a natural reader, however she still has things to learn.
Eli Locker (Brendan Hines) is the kind of guy who can’t tell a lie. Locker is well educated in micro expression. Although there is nothing special about Eli Locker character but he is my eye candy of this series. He is quite cute and I like the way he looks at people.
I read from Wikipedia that the series only lasted for 3 seasons, Fox cancelled the series 😦
I don’t know how many seasons will be shown by B Channel, but one thing for sure I will buy the DVD if B Channel decides to show only 1 season. For now, let’s enjoy the series in TV 🙂 (I hope B Channel will show all of the seasons)
Have you seen this series? What do you think?