Several people have recommended the FX series Damage, starring Glen Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson, and Zeljko Ivanek, so I finally decided to check out the first season on DVD. I’ve watched three episodes thus far, but I have to say that I’m not all that impressed. Sure, there’s some terrific acting from Close and Ivanek in particular, but the show hasn’t grabbed me yet.
I usually love legal dramas, so I had high hopes for this one. Part of the problem, though, might be the fact that it looks like Damages will follow a single case throughout the entire season. That seems pretty boring to me. I figured the show would be like most other legal series out there and have different cases, if not every episode, then every third or fourth one for sure. For example, one case might be a high-profile bankruptcy, another case might focus on a class-action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical giant, and a third might take on the tobacco industry.
But no. It’s all been about Arthur Frobisher (Danson) and the Enron-like financial mismanagement of his employees’ retirement fund. Sorry, but zzzzzzz.
I’m not going to give up on Damages just yet, because it has generated so many positive reviews from viewers and critics alike. I’m just hoping it gets better!