Liar: 1.02

The intrigue continues in the second episode of Liar. Jessica Thomas tries to make sense of it all…

Episode two of Liar jumps in right where the first one left off. Andrew gets out of surgery to a phone call from his son about Laura’s social media post, something he discovers has been shared over four thousand times. Reacting in anger, Andrew calls Laura who is standing on the beach opposite her sister’s house. (This south coast setting makes Liar especially jarring to me as its very close to home and makes all the action seem even more relatable and real).

During the call Laura explains herself to Andrew and tells him her theory that he switched their glasses and drugged her; his reply to this is to deny it and gaslight her. This continues the trend of things that really ‘shouldn’t’ be happening in a rape case. This makes Liar all the more interesting and really emphasises the frustration that Laura feels. She doesn’t want to sit and wait for other people to make Andrew pay for what he did to her, because so far other people, specifically the police, haven’t been a huge amount of help. This gives an insight into some of the emotions potentially felt by people in Laura’s situation, rather than just the due process that is happening in the police investigation. It also places Laura firmly in the category of survivor rather than victim.

We then have another flashback to Laura and Andrew’s date, although this time it doesn’t serve to fill in the gaps so much as provide some very obvious foreshadowing. The flashback shows Laura and Andrew in the restaurant part way through their meal; they are talking back and forth about their fears and Andrew reveals that he was afraid of a home invasion after his wife died. he reveals he double locks his door but keeps a key outside under an old garden gnome.

Cue my stomach dropping; Laura is going to break into Andrew’s house.

When she didn’t go to his house immediately, I gained some hope that my initial instinct was wrong. However, after an exasperating talk with the police that got her no where and a moment of dissociation in front of one of her classes – one that Andrew’s son is a part of – Laura walks out of school part way and goes straight to Andrew’s house to search for evidence.

Meanwhile, Andrew is at work, with Laura’s sister, and can’t stop feeling like everyone is watching him, judging him. He panics in the theatre and messes up a surgery, which leads to him going home early while Laura is still there, giving a few hair raising moments where you aren’t sure whether or not she will get caught. Fortunately, she doesn’t.

After finding a mostly empty medicine vial under Andrew’s bed, Laura goes to her police constable ex-boyfriend, Tom, to ask him to get Andrew’s house searched, assuring him that the drug is GHB, which Andrew could have used to drug her. Tom goes on to not only risk his career but also his work relationships to get the raid done.

This soon results in Laura being visited by the police after Andrew tells them that she knows about the outside key; the police also inform her that the vial was not GHB but insulin. This is yet another incident of Laura seemingly jeopardising her case. It is frustrating to watch because Laura’s actions stop Andrew from getting convicted. But, as Laura reads in the episode, a conviction is already incredibly unlikely. So is Laura doing the right thing by investigating on her own rather than trust a system with such a low success rate?

The episode ends with Andrew receiving a call informing him that Laura has made accusations like this before; as he hangs up he see one of Laura’s earrings on the floor of his bedroom. it’s an intriguing end.

The story, acting and cinematography make Liar quite good a good show. However, personally I don’t enjoy it. Watching it makes me feel cold all over and need to shower. The narrative is too long; either Laura is lying and the entire plot is about how false rape claims ruin lives, which is true but also perpetuates a damaging assumption. Or Andrew is lying and we see the somewhat cathartic fictional comeuppance of a criminal who, in real life, would be unlikely to be charged.

Either way, I have watched nearly six hours of psychological torment on my screen and I wouldn’t blame anyone if they turned away deciding that, whatever the ending, Liar just isn’t worth it. Even I’m not entirely sure that it is.


Updated: Sep 20, 2017

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