Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Lie to me

If you google 'Lie to me TV series wikipedia', you'll get a boring synopsis that reads:
Lie to Me is an American crime drama television series. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The Lightman Group accept assignments from third parties (commonly local and federal law enforcement), and assist in investigations, reaching the truth through applied psychology: interpreting micro expressions, through the Facial Action Coding System, and body language.

If you had to ask me, "So Ross, what's the Lie to me TV series like?" I'd reply by jumping off my chair and while doing a star jump and proudly proclaiming "FREAKING BRILLIANT, OFF THE HOOK, A MASTERPIECE NEXT TO NONE!!!! AWESOME!! RADICAL!!! " Okay, probably not so calming....but! I might be over dramatizing it a bit but hear me out dude: It's brilliant. You're speaking to a movie/series fanatic here (well, if you asked me that is). I've watched over 1000 movies and over 100 series in my life (I don't think thats a lie either), so I think every now and then I know what I'm talking about, and the truth is that Lie to me is an excellent show! It takes on fantastic real life scenarios, mixes it with some excellent actors who play interesting characters, and introduce an unknown science to the viewer that is quite captivating: the science of micro expressions, manipulators, leakage and indicators in the way people lie. It unravels the science that lie-telling ain't a cultural learning but a natural human instinct that can be spotted, if looking for it, on anyone. It's a fascinating show.    

The show is inspired by the work of of a guy named Paul Ekman, the world's foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Paul Ekman has served as an advisor to police departments and anti-terrorism groups and acted as a scientific consultant in the production of the series. In the TV series, the main character is a guy named Cal Lightman, unbelievably portrayed by Tim Roth, who is one of the most raw people you'll ever see. He suffers from a god complex, he's extremely intelligent and cuts to the crap. It's a character which most viewers would want on their side if they had to pick teams for lie competition! 

I've watched 19 episodes in 6 days (2 days I didn't watch anything) and I've enjoyed every one of them. So I beg you in the most severe way possible - hire or download ...get hold of 'Lie to me - Season 1 Episode 1" - you won't stop. And, you'll thank me.  

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