Lie to Me Season 2 Episode 5 “Grevious Bodily Harm” Comments
In this episode, Cal Lightman thwarts a counterfeit ring while ridiculing the FBI and the rest of the team expose an abusive teacher.
All in a day’s work.
I can’t help but think that this season the producers have given up on showing anything that is really based in science and basically are just using the concepts and terms we have created in the science but are just applying them wherever it seems to fit in the plot for dramatic effect, regardless of what behavior is really shown.
Every time one of the Lightman team call out something – anger, fear, contempt, surprise, shame – I am keen to look at what they are highlighting in their flashes or showing in their images. Most of the time, not all, the behavior being portrayed has NOTHING to do with what the signals for those emotions look like in real life.
This episode went further, calling out homicidal intent and suicidal intent, both states of mind for which there is no published data on.
I am sure future shows will continue to do much of the same and call out all kinds of ways the Lightman team can read people’s minds and predict future behavior. If it were only true!
Yes I know it’s all for television drama and I am all for that. I am a big fan myself of TV drama. When I watch other shows, I just zone out get into the drama and my brain probably just shuts down critical thinking and gets into that nice delta wave place of pleasurable non-thinking.
But when it comes to Lie to Me, I can’t help but think that much of the science is just bastardized for drama and it makes it very difficult for me to watch. I, for one, would have a very difficult time having my life work dramatized in such a fashion. Perhaps I am too much the scientist.