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Monday, October 12, 2009

Damages - Season 1

Glenn Close is an illustrious actress with an imposing screen presence. But she has waited until 'Damages' to make her regular appearance on our television screens, delivering a modern and dramatic take on the traditional lawyer genre. In the vein of '24' and other modern series, Damages focuses on one court case, with many subplots and undercurrents.

Patty Hewes (Close) is a leading and feared litigator. She is currently spearheading a civil suit against billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) whose company collapsed with 'accounting irregularities' leaving his employees without their pensions. Hewes hires recent graduate Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) who turns out to be more than a match for Hewes' manipulations and ploys. Parsons' involvement with Hewes will drag her family and friends deep into a web of corporate deceit and high stakes litigation.

As the series draws to it's gripping close, it becomes clear to the viewer that everything you've seen on screen matters. There are no wasted scenes or screentime in this high-paced, intricate drama. An exciting and moden soundtrack makes this the best legal drama in years. And interestingly, we never see the inside of a courtroom!

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