History Series / LieToMe

6th May '16 5:21:13 PM mickey211
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* SherlockScan: Cal does this often, scanning people's expressions and body language to understand their emotions and infer details about them. Especially prominent in the pilot as an EstablishingCharacterMoment for Cal.
13th Mar '16 12:45:57 AM GrammarNavi
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The show stars TimRoth as Dr. Lightman. That's right, [[Film/ReservoirDogs Mr. Orange]] knows when you're lying.

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The show stars TimRoth Creator/TimRoth as Dr. Lightman. That's right, [[Film/ReservoirDogs Mr. Orange]] knows when you're lying.
5th Mar '16 2:31:07 PM nombretomado
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** Cal calls Burns "CaptainAmerica" a few times in "Exposure".

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** Cal calls Burns "CaptainAmerica" "ComicBook/CaptainAmerica" a few times in "Exposure".
1st Jan '16 11:23:32 AM nombretomado
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It seems similar on the surface to ''TheMentalist'': a smart guy that can tell if you're lying, and who's fond of the BatmanGambit, works to solve crimes. There's the wild-card male main character with a tendency antagonize adversaries and and not to let others in on his schemes, his UnresolvedSexualTension with his more rational female second, conflicts with authority like the FBI, and so on. Some of the plots, especially in the first season, are similar as well. But as they say in the show, "We're scientists, not magicians," and that's where the shows diverge. Perhaps most notably, the show lets you in on what the LivingLieDetector is seeing and doing, so that the audience member starts to see the cues that they use to see when people are lying. The show quickly comes into its own, and by the second season, it's a real joy to watch Tim Roth play the role of Cal Lightman.[[labelnote:*]]Like it used to be with Simon Baker playing Patrick Jane.[[/labelnote]]

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It seems similar on the surface to ''TheMentalist'': ''Series/TheMentalist'': a smart guy that can tell if you're lying, and who's fond of the BatmanGambit, works to solve crimes. There's the wild-card male main character with a tendency antagonize adversaries and and not to let others in on his schemes, his UnresolvedSexualTension with his more rational female second, conflicts with authority like the FBI, and so on. Some of the plots, especially in the first season, are similar as well. But as they say in the show, "We're scientists, not magicians," and that's where the shows diverge. Perhaps most notably, the show lets you in on what the LivingLieDetector is seeing and doing, so that the audience member starts to see the cues that they use to see when people are lying. The show quickly comes into its own, and by the second season, it's a real joy to watch Tim Roth play the role of Cal Lightman.[[labelnote:*]]Like it used to be with Simon Baker playing Patrick Jane.[[/labelnote]]
10th Jul '15 3:44:30 PM Rebu
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: "Beat The Devil" has the verification of a UFO as its B-plot. Thirty-minute mark, they find (real!) video footage of it. Fifty-minute mark, an Air Force officer shows up with a bullshit story. Loker sees right through him to the truth: The Air Force has ''no idea'' what it was. In the very next sentence, Loker re-established my dormant inner-UFO-nut. '''''The Air Force would NEVER admit to a violation of U.S. air space, not by a Russian MIG or by a UFO.''''' They finally get the witness and the Air Force to agree on a story to save the witness' career - uber-uber-top-secret aircraft. Loker smiles and saves the video to hard drive as the episode ends.

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* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: Despite the large numbers of extras in The Lightman Group, any given episode's plot(s) seems to involve only Lightman, Torres, Loker, Foster, and Reynolds. The show is based on Paul Ekman, but they only rarely intervene in individual cases, instead of just training folks. Maybe that's what all those extras are doing.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: "Beat The Devil" has the verification of a UFO as its B-plot. Thirty-minute mark, they find (real!) video footage of it. Fifty-minute mark, an Air Force officer shows up with a bullshit story. Loker sees right through him to the truth: The Air Force has ''no idea'' what it was. In the very next sentence, Loker re-established my dormant inner-UFO-nut. '''''The Air Force would NEVER admit to a violation of U.S. air space, not by a Russian MIG or by a UFO.''''' They finally get the witness and the Air Force to agree on a story to save the witness' career - uber-uber-top-secret aircraft. Loker smiles and saves the video to hard drive as the episode ends.
18th Jun '15 9:02:50 PM VenomLancerHae
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* WallOfGuns: In "Dirty Loyal", Cal's cop girlfriend has one hidden in her closet. Untraceable.
18th Jun '15 9:01:02 PM VenomLancerHae
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* BatmanGambit / GambitRoulette: It's a given that in any episode, Cal will be pulling at least one of these.

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* BatmanGambit / GambitRoulette: BatmanGambit: It's a given that in any episode, Cal will be pulling at least one of these.



* OverprotectiveDad / PapaWolf: Cal is very protective of his daughter.

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* OverprotectiveDad / PapaWolf: OverprotectiveDad: Cal is very protective of his daughter.



* SoundtrackDissonance[=/=]SourceMusic: The shootout in "Dirty Loyal" is set to "I'm In the Mood" by John Lee Hooker so the shooters would let their guard down.

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* SoundtrackDissonance[=/=]SourceMusic: SoundtrackDissonance: The shootout in "Dirty Loyal" is set to "I'm In the Mood" by John Lee Hooker so the shooters would let their guard down.



* ThickerThanWater: Do not threaten Emily Lightman. Not only will you have Cal to deal with, but [[spoiler: Gillian as well, before Gillian had even ''met'' Emily.]]
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: Cal worked with British intelligence in Belfast in 1986. He failed to recognise the facial expressions of a man who then killed six people in a pub.
** Cal's experience with Irish terrorists is expanded upon in "Sweet Sixteen": In 2003, Cal was in Boston, hunting down IRA members and trying to broker a peace between the IRA and British intelligence. One of the IRA terrorists, [[spoiler: Jimmy Doyle, pinged Cal the wrong way, and Cal believed he would ruin the negotiations. He reported it to the Pentagon, who attempted to assassinate Doyle. Unfortunately, they missed, striking Doyle's wife and daughter, and later covered the murders up. This becomes Doyle's motivation to hunt down everyone involved in the conspiracy, blackmailing Cal to help him.]]

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* ThickerThanWater: Do not threaten Emily Lightman. Not only will you have Cal to deal with, but [[spoiler: Gillian as well, before Gillian had even ''met'' met Emily.]]
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: Cal worked with British intelligence in Belfast in 1986. He failed to recognise the facial expressions of a man who then killed six people in a pub.
** Cal's experience with Irish terrorists is expanded upon in "Sweet Sixteen": In 2003, Cal was in Boston, hunting down IRA members and trying to broker a peace between the IRA and British intelligence. One of the IRA terrorists, [[spoiler: Jimmy Doyle, pinged Cal the wrong way, and Cal believed he would ruin the negotiations. He reported it to the Pentagon, who attempted to assassinate Doyle. Unfortunately, they missed, striking Doyle's wife and daughter, and later covered the murders up. This becomes Doyle's motivation to hunt down everyone involved in the conspiracy, blackmailing Cal to help him.
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7th Jun '15 4:09:25 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Cal. He sticks his nose into his team's personal business on a regular basis without hesitation, he acts like a JerkAss to ''everyone'' (clients included), and has a fairly big ego. He's also brilliant at what he does. He never seems to miss a single flinch, even on random passerbys.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Cal. He sticks his nose into his team's personal business on a regular basis without hesitation, he acts like a JerkAss to ''everyone'' (clients included), and has a fairly big ego. He's also brilliant at what he does. He never seems to miss a single flinch, even on random passerbys.



* TheChessmaster: Cal, shown ''wonderfully'' in "Blinded".



* ConfessToALesserCrime: Frequently used by suspects. Justified in that the team can almost always detect if a suspect feels guilty or ashamed, but can't tell why.

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* ConfessToALesserCrime: Frequently used by suspects. Justified in that the team can almost always detect if a suspect feels guilty or ashamed, but can't tell why.



* EyeScream: The serial rapist in the 12th episode. In addition to raping women, he also cut their eyes out.

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* EyeScream: The serial rapist in the 12th episode. "Blinded". In addition to raping women, he also cut burns their eyes out.out with acid.
14th May '15 3:46:08 PM SeptimusHeap
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* SlutShaming: One episode deals with the effort to find an eighteen year old girl who ran away from her father and started doing porn. The girl asks "Who's going to want... someone like me?"
** less slut shaming, more the girl's concern no one would want her since she became HIV positive from the movies - she had been a virgin before, the Group was exposing the porn studio's unsafe sex practices
14th May '15 2:50:38 PM baerana
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* SlutShaming: One episode deals with the effort to find an eighteen year old girl who ran away from her father and started doing porn. The girl, having spent a few months strung out on who knows what and leaving a high quality studio for a crack den studio, asks "Who's going to want... someone like me?"
** less slut shaming, more the girl's concern no one would want her since she became HIV positive from the movies - she had been a virgin before, the Group was exposing the open studio's unsafe sex practices

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* SlutShaming: One episode deals with the effort to find an eighteen year old girl who ran away from her father and started doing porn. The girl, having spent a few months strung out on who knows what and leaving a high quality studio for a crack den studio, girl asks "Who's going to want... someone like me?"
** less slut shaming, more the girl's concern no one would want her since she became HIV positive from the movies - she had been a virgin before, the Group was exposing the open porn studio's unsafe sex practices
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