What Can Save Lie To Me?

Posted on December 19, 2010

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There’d been whisperings since the third series came back a month too early. There’d been fears when there were ratings drops around the time of the AFL fixtures, or as Rupert Giles likes to call it “strapping on 200 pounds to play rugby”. Got love that dry English watcher…

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But I didn’t come here to sing the praises of Buffy or Giles or anything else for that matter.

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No, not even to sing the praises of the show I’m about to literally pray for (despite being agnostic).

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Lie to Me, as most fans know by now, has not been picked up for a back 9 on Season 3 and while there’s still hope for a Season 4, the outlook is looking particularly grim.

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But there are a few things that got it into this mess. Personally, I think it’s a great series. I loved the first series, a much more underplayed series than the second and third one. The second series bordered on brilliant (in my opinion) at points and Series 3 has somewhat escaped me but I’m catching up slowly but surely.

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Anyway, as I was saying, there are a couple of things Lie to Me simply HAS to do in order to survive.

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  1. The first thing is to get Fox to for god’s sake, market the series better. While I’m not an American viewer, I’ve heard people left right and centre complaining both about the marketing campaign and the day that it runs. i would have thought a Monday night after Fox front runner House would have been a good night but it seems I’m not up with what Yanks do on Monday nights. However it does seem that the Wednesday slot was suiting LTM better for Series 2. Brendan Hines quite dryly made a comment on his Twitter page recently saying: For old time’s sake I think Fox should air each of the last episodes of #lietomeseason3 on a different night and time. I would be only delighted if doing this showed LTM getting higher audiences than their original time slot. Though I doubt the powers that be in Fox would figure out the implications behind that fact…

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  1. Lie to Me itself needs to revert to form. People liked the first series because it was new. It was clever and it was something different. Yes, it was still a relatively formulaic crime series but the scientific element in the series gave it an interesting twist. Why did that disappear? It’s still there but not to the same extent. Did the writers simply run out of tells or deceptions to use? It’s disappointing and something they need to bring back to an even more substantial extent than they’ve done.

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  1. The writers need to stop turning Cal Lightman into the caricature of a Cockney Del-boy style chancer. Yes he’s unpredictable, yes, he’s slightly dangerous and we know we probably shouldn’t mess with him but in Series 1 that was underplayed a little and that worked better than the almost crazed risk-taker he’s become. The fact is that it’s not unpredictable behaviour anymore because we know now, while watching that he’s definitely going to do the thing we know he might not have done in Season 1. I, personally, adore Tim Roth and would probably watch him read the phone book but there are other viewers who don’t share that sentiment and the fact is that his cartoon like behaviour is now annoying people.

 

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  1. The last thing I want to say refers in part to the above point and that’s that the writers need to make the show more of an ensemble show. Series 2 worked in part to do that but we’re still not really seeing enough of Loker or Torres and their storyline from the end of Series 2 has kind of just fallen off the edge of the plots cliff. Bring back the other characters!

 

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Lie To Me Season 3 finishes up towards the end of January to be replaced by LTM original writer Shawn Ryan’s new series The Chicago Code. While I’m malevolent towards it in the sense that it’s taking LTM’s slot, I can’t stay mad at it for long because it’s giving me a good excuse to fantasise about Jennifer Beals and melted chocolate…

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What? It’s Christmas! Cut me some slack.

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Anyway, rant over.

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Happy Christmas everybody!