Lie to Me Season 2 Episode 18 “Headlock”
For us, this episode of Lie to Me was very disappointing. It went a bit too far in inaccurately depicting the life of a deception expert and microexpressions scientist.
If one was to watch the show purely for the drama factor, “Headlock” may not have been too bad. But for actual scientists and researchers working in this field, we cringe at the false depiction of the work we do and are appalled by Lightman’s lack of integrity in the show.
We come to find out within this episode that Lightman apparently has a contract with the FBI within the show. We can relate to this as Dr. Matsumoto is a frequent guest instructor at the FBI National Academy.
However, Lightman’s conduct and decisions, especially within this show are insulting to say the least. He tells Reynolds to delay the results of DNA evidence and doesn’t seem to care when Torres tells him she deliberately cut him out of fight footage she received from law enforcement. While Lightman does come clean at the end, his behavior is both appalling and ridiculous, and totally glamorized for television drama. As a contractor of the FBI, Lightman should be doing whatever he can to work with law enforcement, not against them.
In addition, the show barely goes into how Lightman is able to decipher deception from truth, with little information on the science behind his decisions. Lightman also conducts his own interrogations and investigations, which absolutely does not occur in real life.
It’s frustrating to watch a show that has such potential week after week portray what little information they present inaccurately.
What does everyone else think?