Monday, April 13, 2020

What I’m Watching: Liar (Season Premiere)

Liar: Season 2, Episode 1 (B+)

It’s been two and a half years since this show last aired, which is a long time. Since the first season wrapped, I had the opportunity to meet lead actress Joanne Froggatt at an awards screening for the “Downton Abbey” movie in Los Angeles. I mentioned how great she was on this show, and I’m glad that it’s finally returned. The finale was a good episode but I remember being worried about what it would mean for this season, since this show has always been at its strongest investigating the truth of what actually happened rather than trying to keep us guessing with flash-forward teases. Andrew being dead at the start seemed like a strong jumping-off point, but instead this episode smartly opened with the first meeting between these two characters, long before they ever went on a date, and included a good deal of Andrew’s big escape that happened as soon as the police were officially on to him. Laura appeared to be happy in her new relationship, and after DI Harmon’s reporting and her arrest, she was right to describe Andrew as being dead and still playing games with her. DI Renton is quite the personality, and she isn’t interested in giving Laura any leeway even after what she’s been through and with DS Maxwell urging her not to take such an aggressive approach. The final scene with Andrew and Laura pleasantly going their separate ways was a fitting way to close, with each of them having no idea just how much they’ll be in each other’s lives.

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