Lie to Me Season 3, Episode 5: “The Canary’s Song”
In this week’s episode of Lie to Me, entitled “The Canary’s Song,” Dr. Lightman investigates the deaths of several men in a mineshaft explosion.
Once again, Dr. Lightman arrives at conclusions about the people being investigated without any apparent reasoning behind them. There was little science in this episode and it seems like Dr. Paul Ekman, the scientific consultant to the show, agrees.
For example, while attending the miners’ funeral, he stands at the door to analyze all of the miners that pass through. He somehow deduces that one of them not only blames the company for the explosion, but is also contemptuous towards the foreman, who was also killed.
Furthermore, the writers continue the pattern of inserting photographs from the media for unexplained reasons, as shown in this next clip:
The emotion being conveyed in those photographs would not be obvious to most people. Because of this, there is no real purpose for these photos being flashed on the screen, other than adding a brief but unnecessary sense of drama.
This episode is also upsetting in the way Dr. Lightman goes about interrogating those involved in the explosion. In order to get more information from the miners, he has the fans turned off so that methane goes into the shaft, then threatens to turn on a lighter if they don’t start coughing up information.
We would never go to such extreme measures in order to get information out of a suspect. It is astonishing that Dr. Lightman is able to get away with these methods of interrogation. Investigations do not work that way, and it is upsetting that Lie to Me is creating such a terrible image of what our line of work really involves.
Throughout this season, Lie to Me has continued to follow the same formulaic pattern, depicting Dr. Lightman as a mind-reader who can get away with doing whatever it takes to get the answers he wants. The science that once made the show unique and interesting is completely ignored. Even from a dramatic perspective, the storylines this season have been rather dry and uninteresting. The writers really need to listen to Lie to Me’s fanbase, and bring the show back to what it used to be.
Did you watch this week’s episode? What did you think of it?