For once, I am determined to get the word out about a show before it is canceled or the season is already half over. The second season of Damages, starring Glenn Close at the top of a top-notch cast, starts tonight on FX.
Damages has two greats: great acting and great writing. Do those things interest you? Hmm?This is crazy that all this is happening while Lauren is gone.
Okay, so you want to know what the show is about. Glenn Close plays Patty Hewes, a cutthroat attorney. Rose Byrne is a new lawyer with her firm. Ted Danson is Arthur Frobisher, and he is being sued for hundreds of millions of dollars in a class action lawsuit represented by Hewes. He doesn't want to lose his money or his company, but he refuses to sully his name by settling. Things get a little... messy.
Season 1 framed the action of the previous 9 months with flashes of the
"present", all colliding at a pivotol moment; the grisly murder of
Rose Byrne's fiance. The only word to describe the plot is
"unwinding". You start picking at the edges, and with each new episode
you circle in
on the truth of what happened and what is going to happen. Each new
flash of the present changes the context of what we've seen, sometimes
in incredibly unexpected ways. It is the tightest writing of any show
currently in production. I could give you examples but I don't want to
ruin anything if you missed season 1. It is much too much fun to watch
it all unravel for yourself.
Glenn Close and Rose Byrne are the headliners, but the standouts from season 1 were Ted Danson and Zeljko Ivanek. Zelljjjko plays a man who is clearly from Eastern Europe that has a crazy southern accent for some reason, and is Ted Danson's lawyer. He's the guy next to Glenn Close and her incredible sunglasses in the picture above. Does he look like a man who should be talking like the KFC Colonel? No. He does not. It is glorious.
Ted Danson is great for a reason other than a ridiculous accent. He is the bad guy, but he's not a bad guy, if that makes sense. What I mean is he isn't a mustache-twirling villian, if you'll excuse the cliche. He's created a character that is driven to do the wrong things, and maybe even for the wrong reasons, but you still completely understand him. That is some fine work, if you ask me.
If you plan on keeping up, DO NOT MISS the season premiere tonight. This show got terrible ratings last season, most likely because missing one episode was like trying to speak English missing 6 or 7 letters. You could do it, but a whole lot of stuff was not going to make any sense.
I have no idea what is in store for season 2, but the cast, which was great in season 1, is swelling up with talent. William Hurt, Timothy Olyphant, and Marcia Gay Harden are joining what was already the best ensemble cast this side of Pushing Daisies
. If you missed season 1, do not wait and catch up on DVD. Watch it now.