Stars: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Monica Raymund, Brendan Hines, Hayley McFarland
Writer: David Slack
Director: Vahan Moosekian
Network: Fox, airs Monday nights
Original Telecast: January 31, 2011
Yes, this is the season finale of LIE TO ME, and I know the rumor mill has this being LIE TO ME’s series finale (and trust me, it pretty much is). So with that knowledge, it’s pretty insulting that the best they could do is shamelessly ride the coattails of THE SOCIAL NETWORK by giving us “Killer App.”
Ashton Holmes, who plays Zach, the creator of a social networking site, looks a lot like Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and like THE SOCIAL NETWORK, Zach is in the middle of squeezing out his partners.
Everyone knows ASSIGNMENT X (and our previous home at iF Magazine) has been incredibly supportive of this show over the years. However, this being the season finale, it’s frustrating that the show decided to rehash a familiar story. Throw in a little twist of murder added to spice things up and Dr. Lightman (Tim Roth) running around like he’s the police, and well, it just comes down to too little to latch on to and too many shortcomings to overlook.
It’s a shame, really, because the concept of LIE TO ME had potential, but somehow, along the way, something was lost. Some would say creative storylines were lost, others would say the lack of quality actors is what took a hit. I would even add that there are only so many stories you can tell about a guy who can tell if you’re lying before you just run out of material. Whatever the case, LIE TO ME is through, and the last taste in our mouths is the disappointing “Killer App.”
The plot of this episode is one that relied on a lot of technology based bail outs. What was supposed to be passed off as technological wizardry looked more like writers who needed an excuse for an event to happen and played the technology card to the hilt. The great example I can think of is the virus that dropped in at precisely the right moment to wipe out all of the digital evidence. I don’t buy it.
The acting of LIE TO ME has always been a topic of debate. Some actors, like Roth, play their roles superbly. The supporting cast, however, often times didn’t measure up. That’s not good when they’re coupled with suspect dialogue.
So what’s the verdict on “Killer App?” Unfortunately, from the title down, the episode seems rather silly. Derivative and hokey, decently acted at times, but overall not what a season (series?) finale should be. Oh well. It was nice knowing you, LIE TO ME. I wish you were around a little longer.
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