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'Lie To Me - The Complete Third and Final Season'
(Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines and Monica Raymund, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Complete your collection with this thrilling and compelling third and final season of 'Lie to Me,' featuring an all-star cast led by Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines and Monica Raymund! Dr. Cal Lightman (Roth), the world's foremost expert on detecting lies and deception, returns as he and his brilliant investigative team take on their most intriguing cases to date, ranging from museum heists and kidnappings to mysterious cults and murder.

DVD Verdict: Knowing from the off that Fox had foolishly canceled this incredible show it is hard to swallow that only 13 episodes were made before the axe came down. The way it happened is weird too for in May of 2010, 'Lie to Me' received a 13-episode third season pick-up, was pushed forward re: air date from November 10th, 2010 to October 4th, 2010 (because of the cancellation of 'Lone Star'), and then was cancelled by Fox on May 10th, 2011!

Anyhoo, this short third and final season kicks off with 'In The Red,' where we find Cal seemingly involved in a bank robbery. Still trying to write his second book, a subplot that only lasts three episodes weirdly, with the entire group having undergone therapy, things seem relatively back to 'normal'! Well, save for the fact that Cal (as a character) is waaaaay more erratic, more ADHD than he ever was back in the very first season, that is!

In 'The Royal We,' Cal hires a deaf intern (well, Jill does - something that only lasts a couple of episodes and deserved more) and is invited to a teen beauty pageant to vet the girls - for harmony! In 'Dirty Loyal,' Loker is still on the job hunt, and Cal's on/off cop girlfriend has possible dirty partner problems at work. It also comes with a great twist ending! 'Double Blind' tells the story of when an inside-job museum break-in goes wrong ... and it was Cal's firm that vet'd the employees!

In 'The Canary's Song,' a coal mine explosion/killing of 6 miners makes everyone suspicious and puts Cal, quite literally, in the mix down under! In 'Beyond Belief,' the story of scientific re-patterning steps to the fore, when a woman tries to commit suicide at the desk of its leader. In 'Veronica,' a woman with Alzheimer’s claims she saw the in-house doctor kill her friend. But there's no proof, until Cal investigates deeper!

In 'Smoked,' a young girl is killed in a botched robbery and her father, the owner of a chain of successful BBQ joints, hires Cal to find the killer. A nice twist this one. Sad, but well played out. In 'Rebound,' Cal is hired to do a background check on a man the woman is dating. Together they find out more about the guy than perhaps either one wanted to ever know!

In 'Funhouse,' Cal is asked to help his daughter's girlfriend, whose father is in a mental hospital, but for all the bad, trumped up reasons. Cal investigates but at the same time brings himself to the mental brink inside those very same walls. In 'Saved,' a hospital ER nurse (played by the lush Annabeth Gish) is showing up at multiple car wrecks as first on the scene to save the occupants - whether she is on shift or not. This also features some great acting from Kevin Rankin (now currently to be seen in CBS' 'Unforgettable'). Lastly is 'Killer App,' the story of a young billionaire who has secrets! It also has to be the most dynamic, bloody-spilling, and gutsy episode of the entire series, and brings Jillian's acting (as Kelli Williams) incredibly to the fore.

The special features are just some deleted scenes that lead nowhere, and an old (first season) retread in the form of Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Tim Roth. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.