the truth is written all over our faces.

The average person tells three lies in ten minutes of conversation. Well, how 'average' and how 'converse' eh? Are you one of them?? Well. Enter another post-CSI show of investigations, reaching the truth through applied psychology: interpreting microexpressions, through the facial action coding system and body language.

Would'nt I watch that when I was 9.

It's been a while since I last sat on the comfort of my own home and layan TV serials. The fondest was way back when I was a budak sekolah yang tersangat Indiana Jones-type, watching those slick archtypical heroes with the likes of MacGyver, The A-Team, Streethawk, Knight Rider and Airwolf. Back then, the shows weren't many. There's no ASTRO, there's no cable TV, there aren't even DVDs, Box Sets and Torrents. We are solid purist who watched problems-of-the-week themed TV shows that our favourite heroes had to solve. Those are one of the best memories of my childhood. The plus factor is: The hero never-ever... EVER kalah atau mati. Tak percaya boleh semak.

Today, TV stations are so luxurios. We even had the internet and pirates to add the 'extra assistance' if we missed any on the tube. Options are endless. And I would have a go on my chances and options. Watching Lie To Me on one of those stations. Turns out that serials today are more complex and critical. The story is about Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth of The Incredible Hulk and Reservoir Dogs fame) who can detect the truth by analyzing a person's face, body, voice and speech. When someone shrugs his shoulder, rotates his hand or raises his lower lip, Lightman knows he's lying. By analyzing facial expressions, he can read feelings, from hidden resentment to sexual attraction to jealousy. But as Lightman well knows, his scientific ability is both a blessing and a curse in his personal life, where family and friends deceive each other as readily as criminals and strangers do. Lightman is the world's leading deception expert, a scientist who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if you are lying but why.

Ooh. Popular science. Just my cup of Tongkat Ali.

It was episode 3 and I am instantly hooked. It's a compelling new drama series inspired by the scientific discoveries of Dr. Paul Ekman, a real-life specialist who can read clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose both the truth and lies in criminal investigations. And I wonder, what other television serial is out there waiting for me to explore and implore. Time! Time! Oh, dear time!

Better buckle up. Burn Notice is on next. Nampak sangat aku takde keje lain nak buat.

p/s: Life isn't as simple as I imagine now that I'm all 'grown-up'. How I wish Kam-Kam, Chickedees and Choki-Choki can be household names once again.


azyze gomez berkata…
Choki-choki hebat sekali, choki-choki adik gemari!

Thanks, now you've reminded me of how I ultra-binged on Choki-Choki sebab nak menang komputer pada tahun 1992 yang lampau yang membuahkan mimpi ngeri maskot coklat tersebut bawah katil....
mizzyN berkata…
saya baru je baca pasal cerita dr cal itu dalam surat khabar. nak pegi tgk la kat tv pas nie.
faizalmukhtar berkata…

baru kau tau betapa keramatnya beruang koala berkostum pinafor itu.
faizalmukhtar berkata…

cargas! cargas!