Damages – 2nd Season

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In a world where not every television show can be LOST, The Wire, or Deadwood, you have to make do with the best television that other networks might be putting out.  The first season of Damages was plenty impressive.  Though I don’t think the show would have two legs to stand on without Glenn Close, I always prefer a show that has a continued storyline rather than something like CSI where everything is wrapped up in one episode.  I want to keep guessing.  I want to be in a place where I need to see another episode to have questions answered or suspicions confirmed.

That’s how the first season of Damages got me hooked.  If you haven’t watched it, don’t read the next little bit, but I’m not giving away much by saying that you’re wondering from the very first episode how the fiancee got killed and how Ellen Parsons might be involved.

Season 2’s issues:

  • You know what the mystery is immediately in the first season of Damages.  In the second season, you don’t exactly understand what is happening with Ellen Parsons 6 months later.  We don’t see (or hear) whom she’s pointing the gun at, and so I’m going to watch the next episodes to find out what the mystery is rather than finding out the answer to the mystery like I did in season 1.
  • Glenn Close is such a likable character because she’s so cold and calculated.  Now she’s dealing with the guilt of her involvement with Ray Fiske’s suicide, and for me it’s a little hard to believe.  If we’re all surmising that she really did send someone to kill Ellen, couldn’t she handle someone else’s suicide a little bit better?
  • William Hurt.  If this isn’t a big enough issue for other people, let me just show you why he’s already a problem for me.https://i1.wp.com/www.lasplash.com/uploads/1/hov3_web_.jpg

If you don’t recognize the movie, then I congratulate you.  History of Violence goes down as one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, and William Hurt’s performance in it was a major factor.  (I still don’t understand why this movie did well.)  He’s going to be a distraction for me.  However, in his defense, his performance in the first episode was fine and believable.  I’m just not a big fan of bringing in such recognizable actors to a show when it already has an appeal.

Why I’m definitely going to keep watching Damages:

Timothy Olyphant as Wes Krulik

Timothy Olyphant as Wes Krulik

That being said, if you can’t keep on watching Deadwood because HBO canceled the show for whatever reason, at least you can see another show making use of Timothy Olyphant.  He was excellent in Deadwood, but I’ve yet to see him in anything else where he was able to impress me.  This could be because directors don’t know how to use him, or because his acting is limited and he really was best suited for the irascible Seth Bullock.  I’ve only actually seen him again in Die Hard 4, but from what I’ve read Hitman isn’t even worth viewing to see if Olyphant was good or not.

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