This is going to be a little
spoilerish, so let me get to the point first. Damages
has been renewed
for two more seasons. That’s right — two.
Now, to give those of you waiting
for the season on DVD or not yet caught up with your DVR a chance to
skedaddle, here’s another look at one of the best promotional photos
**Did I mention spoilers
I have to say that even with
Damages‘ ups and downs over its first season, I think it’s one of
the best shows to come along in years. And not just because Glenn
Close in a power suit is as close to perfection as a mere human
will ever be.
As many an AfterEllen.com blogger has observed, from start to finish, the first season of Damages was
sophisticated and smart — as much a character study as a murder mystery.
I was fascinated to watch the relationship between Patty Hewes (Close)
and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) develop from mentor-protégée to
co-conspirators to predator-prey.
As the season finale ended,
we learned that the dynamics are about to change. Now Ellen will become
predator, returning to work for Patty for the sole reason of bringing
her down. I’m looking forward to seeing Ellen’s character operate as
more than Patty’s pawn — and finding out if Byrne’s acting range goes
beyond the sort of numb horror she was stuck in this season.
We have plenty of new questions
to explore next season. Why did Patty try to have Ellen killed? Would
Patty, who has a reputation for doing whatever it takes to win, really
be that threatened by Ellen’s guilt over what they did to Ray Fiske?
Did Arthur Frobisher (a marvelously
sleazy Ted Danson) die? Will Larry be back to pay for what he
did? What was Patty’s son doing at the apartment the night Ellen was
almost killed? Did he see Uncle Pete? Is Tom (Tate Donovan) really
Ellen’s friend or will he always come down on Patty’s side?
What will Ellen do when she
finds out a cop killed David? And when will we learn that Ellen was
never in love with David, but was, in fact, after his sister Katie?
Oops, sorry. I got carried
In any case, I’m very happy
Damages will be back. How about you? What questions are driving
you crazy? What would you like to see happen next season?