Thursday, July 26, 2007

What I'm Watching: Damages (Series Premiere)

Damages: Season 1, Episode 1 "Pilot" (B-)

The pilot of "Damages" finally airs after I have seen probably a thousand commercials. I definitely like the style of the show, and the central case depicted involving Ted Denson's Arthur Frobisher. It is the main good guys who I think need a little work. Ellen (Rose Byrne) is overly cheery and not seemingly very skilled, contrary to what we are led to think. Her amazing and immediately likeable lawyer charm has yet to work on me. I do not see what Patty Hewes sees. Speaking of Ms. Hewes, her character is far too hard to read. Many will argue that this is a good thing, all the better for her character to be more mysterious and therefore dynamic and multi-layered. Yet I see her rather as underdeveloped and flawed character whose ideal purpose on the show is unclear and often changing. I am willing to stick with it, and see how it plays out, but it could fall off my radar if other more uniformly good shows are airing in the same time slot.

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