One of the best things about movies is that they can be such an emotional experience. They can transport you to a world you’ve never been to, feel like true people, and almost make you forget that you’re not there. But they’re also full of lies, which makes it hard for us to figure out the truth. It’s a great feeling when you finally figure out a lie, and it’s even better when you’re the one who leads the way. But sometimes, an audience is so concentrated on a movie that they miss something really obvious.

Everyone wants to know for certain what they can trust. It’s natural to want answers to the questions “Is it safe?” and “Is this real?” We want to be able to trust what others say, and we want to be able to trust ourselves. So, what do we do when we find ourselves in a situation where we can’t trust either?

Imagine a world where you work with someone, live with someone, or even know someone that can tell any time you’re telling the slightest white lie. You don’t have to say a word, but they can tell, just by the look on your face, or even if you blink. It takes a microsecond for them to know you’re being deceptive, showing guilt, remorse, sadness, anger, happiness, joy, etc. Any emotion you can think of, they can tell. You may not have even known that you made the gesture, but it was something. There’s always something.


“Let there be Lightman!”–words written by Emily Lightman (Hayley McFarland), the daughter of this show’s protagonist, Cal Lightman (Tim Roth). The story focuses on Cal Lightman and his ability to see the lies of everyone around him. There is no such thing as a secret with Cal, so imagine the pain of being his daughter!

Unfortunately, the series was canceled too soon and left us wondering what was holding him back from going for Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams), along with many other unanswered questions.


Living the life of Cal Lightman couldn’t have been easy. He was difficult and many could tell that he was lying, but couldn’t read him as well as he could read them. Cal would read people like a book and would keep his cool in almost all situations. The only people he couldn’t get a good read on, well, they’re the type of people no one wants to be–a sociopath and a psychopath.

Any time someone thought they were pulling something over on him, he flipped the script at the end. No one could actually pull something on Cal. He saved lives, found missing people, even worked with the FBI. Unfortunately, there were very few people in his life that he could have as his friends. They would come back in his life, always needing something, and he would undoubtedly have to catch them, or someone they cared about in a lie.

While watching this show one main question rose–why would you want to know if someone was lying to you at all times? In Cal’s case, he started studying micro-expressions after the suicide of his mother. Suicides were his weak point, and he would go out of his way to investigate suicides or attempted suicide cases. It was a specialty for him to make sure things were what they seemed to be. He would protect family members of attempted suicide victims as well preventing anyone from trying again.


This series sparked one thought in our mind, however. Would we want to know any time anyone was lying to us? The initial answer was yes, of course, we would. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to know if someone they loved was being deceptive? While watching the show and thinking about this, we realized studying micro-expressions seemed like it would be the most interesting thing in the world!

As we watched more of the show, we saw Cal go through issues with his daughter Emily. In one episode she yelled, having a fight with him about how he promised he would never read her. She had said previously that he couldn’t call her out on every lie she ever told, because if he did, he would lose her. Of course, he eventually does read her, and naturally, there is a fight.


Cal’s ex-wife Zoe (Jennifer Beals) was with Cal when she was an up-and-coming prosecutor before working for the Attorney General’s office. It was hard to be with him, there could never be a surprise, and there would never be a time she could just tell the whitest of lies. It was never an “I’m fine”, that he would let pass. Their marriage came to an end due to his paranoia, accusing her of sleeping with her boss, because he could sense some sort of deception.


“We can tell when you’re lying, it’s our job to figure out why.” The Lightman Group went up and down through this. They had so many situations where they couldn’t figure out why someone was lying, only that they were. It had twists, turns, flips, but they always ended up figuring out what was going on. The team consisted of Cal Lightman, his former therapist (and current interest) Gillian Foster, Ria Torres (Monica Raymund), and Eli Loker (Brendan Hines). Loker started us all off with what Lightman referred to as “radical honesty”. He would say whatever came to mind, whenever it came to mind. Ria was a “natural”, she was able to read people due to a past of abuse, and the other two, well, they’re self-explanatory.


Most of the time, we couldn’t figure out why Foster and Lightman were so good at lying to each other. They never truly were, though. They never managed to successfully lie, but they tried their best. Foster was actually referred to as Lightman’s “blind spot” on one occasion.

Would you be able to keep anyone in the blind spot? We don’t think that we would. We would be having such a hard time wondering why they lied, why they were deceiving everyone. We would wonder why they couldn’t just tell us the truth. We would wonder if they could tell the truth about the situation, and why they wouldn’t tell the truth in the first place.

The truth is, knowing who was deceiving you about everything would be absolute hell. It would cause paranoia, anxiety, frustration, and we would never fully trust anyone. What would be the truth and what wouldn’t? When would the next lie come? Would you want to know who was lying all the time, or would you like to stay in oblivion? In oblivion, there would be the aspect of surprise, of love, we could see the different emotions like surprise. We could be taken by surprise. Emotions are a touchy subject, but sometimes, keeping them a surprise would be the best idea.

What are your thoughts on this? Share in the comments below!

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