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"Damages" Review by Suzanne 9/18/07

What a great show. I don't know why they showed it during the summer because this is not a light and fun show.  It is a serious drama with many twists and turns.  No one on this show can be trusted, and you don't really know who are the good or bad guys.  Well, most of them are bad, the key is to find out who is the worst!

Glenn Close stars as Patty Hewes, a successful civil litigator.  She is helping a group of former employees sue their boss, Frobisher (played evilly by Ted Danson), because he got rich while they lost everything.  Who is more evil, Patty or Frobisher? Or the people who work for them? We don't know.

The "heroine" of the show is Ellen Parsons, played by Rose Byrne.  At the beginning of the first episode, we see her leaving a hotel, naked underneath a rain coat.  She is very distraught and has blood on her clothes. She is arrested but doesn't say anything.  Most of the show is seen in flashbacks after that as we learn how everything led up to Ellen's dilemma.  We see how she came to work for Patty and met the other characters in the show.  Then in subsequent episodes, we learned that her fiance, David, was murdered, and she is the prime suspect.  She remembers killing another man, in self-defense, while in Patty's apartment.

All of the acting, from all of the players, is outstanding.  How could you expect anything less from Glenn Close's first TV show?

As you can see, this is a really complex show with many layers of story and character. You don't want to miss an episode because that would be missing a lot of story.  Let's put it this way, the show is only half over and I was astounded to learn that. I thought it was almost over already.  It just tells you how much they cover in one episode.

I'm sure, though, that you can catch up on the net by finding an episode guide. It is definitely worth watching! And renting, once it comes out on DVD.


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