Liar Review

In some cases, the accusation of rape is clear and simple. But in other cases, it is a complicated case of he said vs. she said.

In the television series Liar, both Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) are at crossroads in their lives. Laura is newly single after a long term relationship has just ended. Andrew is a widower with a teenage son. They meet at the school where Laura teaches and Andrew’s son is a student.

After they go on a date, they go back to her place to hang out and share a bottle of wine. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed. The next morning, Laura cries rape while Andrew claims it was just a one night stand. The consequences of that evening and the questions of what really happened will have far reaching consequences.

I only watched the first couple of episodes and was riveted. Both Froggatt and Gruffudd are superb in their roles. Unlike the open and shut cases is seen on Law & Order and other police dramas, this one is not black and white.

I was also drawn to the show because there was an instant comparison to the rape of Froggatt’s Downton Abbey character, Anna Bates. While Laura is both believed and her reputation is initially intact, Anna is not sot lucky. If she is to retain both her job and her good name, she must pretend that it never happened.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Liar is available for streaming on the Sundance Channel.

Flashback Friday- Ringer (2011-2012)

Deception/impersonation is often a very interesting backbone of a narrative.

In the short lived television series Ringer (2011-2012), Bridget and Siobhan (Sarah Michelle Gellar) are estranged twin sisters. Bridget is trying to put her life back together after getting out of rehab six months ago and being the sole witness to a murder. Siobhan, on the other hand, has it all. She has a loving marriage to Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) and lives a comfortable life. In an attempt to rebuild their fractured relationship, the sisters go on a short boat trip. Then Siobhan falls overboard and Bridget makes the decision to pretend to be her sister.

Bridget will soon learn that her sister’s charmed life is not all that charmed. Underneath the appearance of perfection are dark secrets that could endanger Bridget’s life.

I honestly enjoyed this series. It was dark, slightly twisted and never quite gave the audience a straight answer. Unfortunately, like many shows, it just didn’t find the audience to continue beyond the first season.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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