you love a character that is bloody brillant – to the point that you excuse his arrogance? Hubris is the biggest sin of them all, but I have enjoyed every episode of “Lie to Me,” watching Dr. Cal Lightman catch bad guys, bed beautiful women and save the day through his unconventional ways. If I was back in literary class, I would say the screenwriters dubbed the main character “lightman” because of his partial God-complex and his innate ability to shine light into the darkness. He is the premier deception expert in the fictional world of Fox Networks.
Dr. Lightman uses micro-expressions of the body and face to detect when people are lying. His team of experts help everyone from alleged criminals to the FBI. He has a mysterious pass, which reveals that Lightman is not all clean. He formely worked for MI6 and the Pentagon while also having a sordid past including a gambling addiction. His need for loyalty among his co-workers and friends drives him to work cases in unconventional manners, but he always finds the truth in the end.
I discovered this show on Netflix a couple of months ago and have slowly been making my way through all three seasons. Unfortunately, Fox canceled the show in 2011. However, I’d still highly recommend viewing it, at least a few episodes. The idea that we can tell someone is lying based on syntactic clues, body language and micro-facial expressions has always fascinated me. I’ve always been interested in “beat the box” theories, techniques to fool a polygraph test, and this show may be the closest training I’ll ever receive.