Damages: Brilliant Season, Shaky End

Posted: April 20, 2010 by RA in Television

Damages is easily one of the most incredible shows on television. Not only does it feature the handsome Glenn Close in the role she was born to play (and she kinda has, for the last decade and a half), but it’s got one of the most talented writing teams on television.

Seriously, very few shows (or movies) properly pull off the “here’s the ending, but how did we get here?” narrative style quite like this show does. I mean, other shows start at the end, then jump to the beginning and walk you to that final point you entered on. Not Damages. No, no. They prefer N-4, N-3, N-2, 1, 2, 3,… N-5, N-4…, N. (Remember Series Notation in Math? Figure it out.)

So it kinda pisses me off that after a stellar third season, they rushed the finale like they did. Too many loose ends were drawn out to a hasty resolution in the final episode. Don’t get me wrong, it was still gripping shit, but it was gripping-but-kinda-improbable shit. And that, my friends, is a lower grade of shit. Take it from me — I knows my TV. (I also always look before flushing, so however you wanna interpret “shit,” Merq knows it.)

I feel like I’m burying the lede here, but they may have killed the show by killing off Tom Shayes this season. (Don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler. See above comment on narrative style.) Between Patty Hewes’ Machiavelian Megabitch and Ellen Parsons’ (Rose Byrne) steely, jaded inengue-no-more (best believe she’s gone forever), Tommy S. was the only truly likeable character on there. And I can’t stress enough the importance of likeability on a TV show — having an entire cast of whiny, entitled assholes is probably why Tell Me You Love Me: Season 2 still isn’t burning up our screens. And if Nip/Tuck wasn’t already long/dead by its last/season, it would’ve suffered greatly from it.

So here I am, pouring one out for Tommy S. You were kinda spineless, but dammit, we loved you anyway.

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