Lie to Me: Awesome Potential

This show looks like it could be good; it has a wonderful premise involving a Hyper-observant protagonist with conflict seeking attitudes. i believe that if your a fan of shows like House, Psych, or even (sigh) The Mentalist, you know that this scenario is full of not only vary amusing, but also highly thought provoking potential material.


shows like this are different from normal 'detective' or 'mystery' shows because of the protagonist. 'he' is special in the manor in-witch his observation and deductive reasoning works (its almost like fast forwarding), and he uses it to his advantage. combined with his slightly abrasive attitude and his almost chivalric moral code; you can tell that there are going to be moments where he just slams characters who are jerks by completely calling them out, and thats ALWAYS fun to watch. oh, and the accent, gotta love that.


really the only negative thing i have to say is that due to this wonderful scenario, the show will be forced to give the audience ridiculous amounts of information (i.e. those micro-freeze frames on expressions, the zooming in on important lines/lies) which in turn runs the risk of having predictable plots.


i feel the risk is grater in this show then the others i mentioned because, well, for instance in House, a huge aspect of the plot is in a specialization in medicine, without possession of such knowledge, the show also takes on a sense of mystery, not to mention the plot-twist opportunities provided by medical catastrophe. Lie to Me doesn't have that exclusive knowledge. as the show mentioned, expressions (and sadly lies) are universal, so all possible audience members have experience with and can relate to the material that is the main focus of the show (both good and bad really).


on top of that i also find that unless they model the show (loosely) on actual events, that is to say actual cases that have the involvement of hyper-observant/expertly trained people (granted, there are few) and then shape the events to match the characters/attitudes of the show- it runs the risk of having more or less predictable drama that is the downfall of so many potentially great shows.

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Jan 28, 2009 11:47PM EST

oh, and for the hell of it, heres a fun fact on par with "everybody lies": lying means we're conscious beings. thats right, being able to lie proves your a higher life form.
yea i know, thats pretty much just laymen's terms, the actual wording is closer to "the ability to correctly recognize actual circumstances and then intentionally misrepresent said actual circumstance to another shows that the individual is capable of recognizing such a thing a truth and fiction, a concept of reality and that they exist within said reality" . . . (dont quote me on that, im sure its better worded somewhere else)
basically, its that if we are able to understand the concept of 'there is a reality, and there is a non-reality (lies)' we are also necessarily aware of our place within the substantial category of 'real,' so we are self aware. possessing the ability to lie is on par with being able to recognize that the person in the mirror isn't another being but really a reflection. cool huh?

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Jan 29, 2009 1:56PM EST

humans arent the only ones who can recognise their reflection...doves can too...

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Feb 4, 2009 6:24AM EST

dont think so, pretty sure its just a few smarter apes and dolphins. if i'm wrong, please tell me where i can find out, but i dont think birds have the brain capacity.

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Apr 5, 2009 2:31PM EDT

sry i just reported this article as inappropriate but i wanted to click on more. don t know how to cancel the report. good article but i think they are doing real fine, because the audience doesn t get that much information, so that you can puzzle the pieces together yourself. if they continue like this i ll watch this show very long ;)

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Apr 9, 2009 8:28PM EDT

Accent? What accent? I'm slightly confused as to whether we're talking about Thye Mentalist (Simon Baker) or what... I'm slightly baffled by the stream of consciousness way of writing this review.

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Apr 10, 2009 8:04PM EDT

ah, sorry about that, i also talk that way in person; its easier to understand when i can change my tone of voice or pause to indicate side commentary and afterthoughts, but i try to make do with parenthesis and punctuation. the whole review is of lie to me, i wrote it after it's pilot. i only used the other shows as a frame of reference and for a comparative description. i was talking about tim roth's british accent.

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May 12, 2009 3:53PM EDT

i never bothered to watch it, i dont have much faith in fox shows besides bones, they usually get canceled anyway. 'lie to me' always seemed like a midseason copy of the mentalist.

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May 18, 2009 2:59AM EDT

.... maybe, but the Mentalist sucks hard (<- my opinion, but i can explain why it sucks in a technical aspect by aspect evaluation, which is a whole lot worse then simply not liking its style). besides, the Mentalist is itself a horrible rip off of the show Psych. atleast Lie to Me put effort into changing the premise.

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