POKER FACE (2023)
Season One [Episodes 1 - 4]
Aired On: Peacock
Release Date: 01/26/23
"Charlie has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can't help but investigate and solve."
In Rian Johnson's 2022 film Glass Onion, there is a cameo by the late, great Angela Lansbury. Johnson has been vocal about how much he adores Lansbury' turn as Jessica Fletcher in the long running show Murder, She Wrote. So much so it has influenced the blueprint of his films such as Knives Out and Glass Onion, but now Johnson is stepping into the realm of TV to give us the crime-comedy Poker Face where he finds his own Jessica Fletcher in Natasha Lyonne's Charlie Cale who finds herself solving murder cases through the country as she is also on the run. However, Charlie has one special thing about her: she can tell, by looking at someone's face, when they're lying.
Poker Face follows a typical TV formula - each episode is a murder for Charlie to solve with a new cast of characters each episode with some very exciting names behind it. A pool of names include John Ratzenberger, Lil Rel Howery, Adrien Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Nick Nolte, and many more. Each one is given very unique and hilarious characters that deliver a lot of key highlights throughout the show. The writing gives these guest stars excellent material and they're influencing the plot in interesting ways that are all hilarious, clever, and just wholly unique.
Lyonne feels incredibly comfortable in this role, as if it's something she was born to play. It's played with the confidence that this could go on for multiple seasons, and each episode it's a performance that becomes even more charming and effortless. Her special ability is quite a fascinating aspect also; it isn't a perfect ability, but she knows exactly how to use it. And one of the great fans of Poker Face is seeing Charlie put things together by just a twitch on someone's face, and seeing it happen is like a magic trick.
I can imagine Poker Face becoming Peacock's newest hit. It's a breezy but gripping crime-comedy that's in all ways mysterious, thrilling, and hilarious. Rian Johnson's love for the murder-mystery is ever growing and with each entry of his body of work, he's shaping up to be one of the most confident creatives working today. Poker Face is magnetic - a road trip crime-comedy show that's in all ways breezy, clever, hilarious and incredibly fun to work through. Hopefully this gets picked up season after season.