Lie to Me-Season 2 Episode 3 “Control Factor” Comments
Once again the venerable Cal Lightman saves the day by saving a mom who has put herself in danger in a scam for egg donors in Mexico, while back home the Lightman Group and Gillian solve a case of people dying after blood transfusions. In typical American TV drama fashion, all’s well that ends well, despite the offensive, ethically and morally questionable and probably illegal activities of Dr. Lightman and his group.
I really hope that viewers don’t get the idea that the real-life groups that do this work, like ours at Humintell, LLC, actually go and take on cases on our own outside of the police. This would never happen. Our duties and responsibilities are to aid law enforcement in doing their jobs, not to do the jobs of law enforcement.
Sometimes I think it is a slap in the face to all of the good people in law enforcement if they think that scientists who are trained and study observational skills can do the job of law enforcement. There is absolutely no way. They are trained in so many other skills, strategies, and tactics. They put their lives on the line every day for our protection and safety. They have years of practical, real-world experience dealing with all kinds of people – good and bad – and that experience can never be substituted by any scientific findings (although they can certainly be complemented!).
Watching Cal Lightman and his company at times bypass, befuddle, and often ridicule law enforcement is upsetting to me, and I truly hope that those of you in law enforcement watching don’t believe that this is what we do. Our company, in any case, does not. We have an immense respect for the training you have undergone, and the work you do every day. I hope the viewing public also feels the same way and sees the show for what it is – fictional dramatic entertainment.
In some of my future blogs I will write about how some of “science” that is depicted in the show is not really science, either. In this last show, Ria called Cal jealous, while another scene depicted shame.
Did you know there is no scientific evidence for the universal, reliable signals of jealousy and shame?