'Lie To Me' - 'Beat the Devil' Recap (Mid-Season Premiere)
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 8th 2010 12:00PM
(S02E11) 'Lie To Me' is back for the second half of season two, and I couldn't be happier. When I talked to Tim Roth last week, he said to expect more character development, more stories with Cal and his daughter, and more with Gillian.
In fact, based on what he didn't tell me, I expect their relationship to heat up next season, and sure enough, it looks like we're already headed that way with this episode. And we can all drop to our knees and thank the deities that they're ramping up Cal's rogue side. Come to Jesus!
The way this episode started really set the dark mood for the rest of it. Such bleakness, with the abducted girl freeing herself from the handcuffs and escaping out of a car, while an ominous guy -- whom we learned later was Martin -- digs a hole with a shovel a few feet away.
What I love about 'Lie To Me' is not only Tim Roth's totally engrossing mannerisms -- I could just sit and watch him all day -- but also the fact that lying is so fascinating. People tell lies every day, whether they're little white ones ("You look great in that!") or mammoth icebergs ("I'm not a psychopathic killer").
And I have to say, watching this show makes me study people just a little bit closer, to see if I can pick up any clues as to whether they're lying or not. Especially helpful when it comes to kids, though Roth told me that if you're a human lie detector like Cal, you'd have to come to some sort of agreement with your family, How could you turn it off, though?
But I digress ... I loved seeing Jason Dohring of 'Veronica Mars' -- he needs to have a regular show again -- and it was cool watching Martin and Cal's creepy game of cat-and-mouse. Or maybe psychological chess.
Martin: "Good chess players think five moves ahead."
Cal: "Great chess players think one move ahead. But it's always the right move."
Props to Ashley Johnson, who played Valerie. Hard not to get emotional watching her get emotional about being drowned three times via waterboarding. Same when Cal was questioning Martin's mom about the daughter who died via drowning in a pool. And again when Martin pulled the gun on Cal and he ended up getting waterboarded, too. I'm starting to think maybe Cal should carry a firearm with him. He probably ticks off a lot of people in his day-to-day dealings.
And, yeah, things are definitely heating up between Gillian and Cal. At the end, you could tell she sort of wanted to go for "a quick bite" with him, but maybe Helen's words about ending up alone had an impact. Cal really is tortured, but women sometimes have that thing of wanting to save a guy. Can you imagine being involved with Cal, though? What a nightmare, because he'd always know if you were telling even the tiniest lie.
A few other things:
Glenn Morshower (Aaron Pierce on '24') is definitely typecast as a military guy and/or authoritative figure. He plays it well, though.
Did you catch Howard Hesseman playing the UFO guy?
I absolutely love the 'Lie To Me' theme song ('Brand New Day' by Ryan Star), and always run the DVR back a few times to hear it again.
Your thoughts on this episode? I can't wait to see Cal go more and more rogue.