Sunday, April 19, 2020

What I'm Watching: Liar

Liar: Season 2, Episode 2 (B+)

As if her behavior in the first episode wasn’t callous and invasive enough in the opening hour of this season, DI Renton demonstrated the lengths she’s willing to go to in order to manipulate Laura into feeling completely off and spiraling towards what she expects will be a full confession. Making sure to show her the photo of Ian was heartless, and keeping her overnight in jail and then leaking her arrest to the press so that they’d be waiting outside and wouldn’t permit her to escape surveillance was just unkind. Ian being arrested for helping Laura to dispose of Andrew’s body was a disconcerting development, and the fact that he was exonerated doesn’t help since the way Laura started to feel about him was enough to convince him that they needed to take a break. She’s losing all of her allies and being driven insane by all these things, and she’s not the only one. Winnie is not doing well, and, once again, Andrew continues to affect those he has traumatized long after his death. Watching him freak out and go to the hospital to see his son in the flashback was disturbing, mainly because he expressed such anger at Laura for ruining his life as he constructed a narrative where destroying the tapes would somehow absolve him of all his crimes. She barely had a role, but I was excited to recognize Sian Clifford from “Fleabag” as Laura’s lawyer! I’d hope she’ll be back, though obviously this is a completely different kind of part for her that can’t possibly use her talents the same way.

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