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Damages: Season Five Thoughts

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Half way through the final season of Damages I’m realizing it’s going to end in disappointment. A series that showed so much promise at the beginning only to degenerate, in the end, into, well—the best I can say—mediocrity. The causes of its downfall are numerous.

Aside from the bad writing and questionable direction, some of the casting choices are just outright head-scratchers. For example, the idea that Ryan Phillippe can be some kind of a Julian Assange-type hactivist doesn’t carry credibility beyond the script (and a bad one at that) he emerged from. The man can’t act. He may look pretty, but he can’t act worth a damn.

In this final season, there’s a noticeable addition of profanity, nudity, and sexual content. I’m not being prudish just saying that these abrupt addition is an incongruity, that doesn’t move the story along but seem gratuitous and out of place.

It’s a shame that both Rose Byrne and Glenn Close have to deal with such an insipid production. The brawl between their characters is epic and worth watching even if everything else around them is falling apart. Nevertheless, even with their combined herculean efforts to save the show from its shortcoming, it still falls flat on its ugly face.

I don’t know what happened. The show started slipping after its third (and last good) season when it moved from FX to DirecTV, which not only cut the number of episodes but, it seems, the production budget too. Just to be fair, season four is only slightly better than season five.

I should abandon the season and move on. Rewarding mediocrity is a crime, but I’m invested in this series and want to see it through. Who knows? Maybe things will get better, but I’m not holding my breath or crossing my fingers.

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Written by niraj

November 11th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

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