On January 21st, 2009, a big day in the world of TV (the day the 5th season of Lost premieres), a show will premiere that I feel could be the next big hit like a Bones, or House. Not suprisingly it is airing on FOX, and airing after American Idol. The show is Lie to Me, a new show from Sam Baum (The Evidence). The series centers around a man that can read body language to tell if people are lying, and he has created a firm that helps various agencies solve problems. Lie to Me is the perfect combination of mystery, excitement, humor, interesting characters, great acting, and individuality that makes this show on the Must See List. When I realized that Best Buy was giving away Lie to Me screeners (pilot was leaked online yesterday, illegally), I had to have one, and my full review is after the jump…..
The show’s main character is Cal Lightman played by Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), he is a man with the gift to tell when people are lying using his keen insight. The show does a great job of showing you how he can tell if there are lying and has great cinematography. Lightman is a interesting man and toward the end of the pilot can tell he isn’t the happiest of people, because he always can tell when people aren’t telling the truth, which can be annoying. He sets up the firm, Lightman Group, to use his abilities and others, to help organizations get answers. In the pilot, it surrounds a murder of a teacher and the group helping the Justice Department, trying to tell who did it and wether it was the boy they suspect. Also in the pilot, there is a case that involves a Congressman who is suspect of using prostitutes (the show takes place in Washington D.C). Cal has a daughter, played by the always great Kay Panabaker, and he is very over protective. I think that relationship and the character will be fleshed out over the course of the series.
Cal is not the only one that runs the firm, Gillian Foster, seems to be the number two in the group, and she is played my favorite part of the pilot Kelli Williams (The Practice). She is a psychologist looking to find the truth and she provides great fun and humor in the pilot. She is very much more upbeat than Cal, and in almost every scene she is by his side. Kelli is great in the role and you can tell she loves this show. The character Gillian does not have as good as skills as Cal, and does not seen to be a natural like Cal, but can definitely hold her own.
The third cast member and member of the team is Eli Loker, who is played by Brendan Hines (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). He is the joker of the team and had the least amount of screen time in the pilot. From the hour, I could not tell wether he was a deception expert or just a computer nerd, but it did not matter. Loker as they call him, had plenty of laughs and one of his signatures is he tells it like it is. He always tells the truth. When meeting another member, who I will talk about in a sec, he straight upfront asks will you sleep with me, and surprisingly she is not offended. I think he could be a great character and people will really attach and enjoy him!
The last member of the team, and newest is Ria Torres, played by Monica Raymund (Law & Order: SVU). In the pilot we see her recruited by Foster and Lightman, because she is a “natural,” some that can inherently tell if people are lying like Cal. Naturals they say make up that .5% of the population. She used to be a TSA agent, and is recruited at her old job which makes for a great team. She quickly has to learn the rules of the firm, and doesn’t agree with some of Cal’s choices but ultimately goes with them. Her character I suspect will become more prevalent in the episodes to come.
Overall, a series to check out and hopefully you will latch on and learn to tell a lie (joke) with me!