Newest Review: ... who she feels needs to be brought down a peg or two. The good thing about Damages is that it doesn't follow other crime shows. It h... more
Don't fix it if it isn't broke
Member Name: blackviolets
Advantages: Glenn Close, good storyline which doesn't bore after a while. clever flashbacks
When Damages first came to the UK I vaguely remember showing little interest. However a fellow family member was very insistent that I should at least give it a try. I hold my addiction to it firmly in his hands. I have a thirst for crime shows anyway but Damages seemed to be a little different to your standard series, one storyline which is held throughout 13 episodes. A drama which includes a jumbled amount of time sequences. Flicking from the present day to 4 months in the past or maybe just a matter of weeks depending on how far in you are. Where if you don't pay attention you could easily miss something.
Currently into its third series we meet up again with the formidable Glenn Close as Patty Hewes. A ruthless lawyer she has become well known and people know better than to cause any frictions with her. Situations have changed since the last two series though as she is the one who needs the help.
The opening scenes show her car being forcibly rammed into by another vehicle. Although licensed to her business partner Tom Shayes, the driver is nowhere to be seen. However when the investigation begins he is found lying dead in a dumpster. Six months earlier though is where we begin to see what could of happened that somebody might of wanted either of them dead.
Tackling another high profile case this time Patty and co are trying to obtain hidden funds which Louis Tobin has managed to scam people out of. Millions of dollars have gone missing and all eyes are pointed at the family who clearly know more than they are letting on. Even though Ellen no longer works for Patty she is still a regular character and at times she is even able to help her rival company. Despite the fact that in previous series she has blamed her boss for the murder of her husband and her own attempted murder. The roles have been reversed but the question on everyone's lips is could Patty somehow be involved in the death of Tom Shayes?
I will admit that the main appeal for me is Glenn Close, possibly one of my favourite American actresses. In a single glance she can express a wide variety of emotions and as her character Patty Hewes, can unnerve anybody who she feels needs to be brought down a peg or two. The good thing about Damages is that it doesn't follow other crime shows. It has its own style and although murder does tend to happen in each series that isn't always the main focus.
It's generally devoid of the court room and a lot of meetings are held in small rooms with a few people around. This has the benefit of not making your mind wander as is what I usually tend to find with lengthy sequences. The flicking backwards and forwards in time also has the appeal of making things a bit more interesting. Each clip shows a little bit more and although it does repeat some of it I think it's necessary in some cases. Just as a small reminder so you don't forget the other sub plot.
I find that it captivates me quite a bit, always giving you small clues as to certain characters. What their actions might mean and if their personalities fit the crime committed. You do need to be awake to watch this as if you aren't paying enough attention then there are chunks which are vital that you are missing out on. With the potential to confuse everything that is happening.
This is a gritty American drama which can really grab your attention, especially with the, what I find, catchy theme tune. Sadly the BBC don't seem to care much about it as it's hardly advertised but you if do want to have a look you can see it on Wednesdays at 10:50pm. Each episode lasts for approximately 40 minutes but you can always catch up on it by going to the BBC iplayer.