I’m not a big fan of watching TV in the summer…especially if there aren’t dancing kids being criticized by crazy Fox judges. But, I couldn’t avoid FX’s new series, Damages, starring sometime-Bedford resident Glenn Close. Literally half the conversations I’ve had in the past two days have included, “By the way, have you seen Damages? It’s awesome.”
So I bit the bullet and watched it last night. And now I can respond to everyone, “Yes, I’ve seen it. It’s awesome. Now shut up.” Here’s the thing, I’d watch Glenn Close give a stage reading of the phone book. She’s just one of those actresses! But this role is perfect for herÃ¢â‚¬â€œdark, strong, difficult to read. And you can tell Close is having a great time with it (I’m sure she’s been rehearsing her Emmy speech since she first read the script). [[SPOILER ALERT]] The closing image of her on a beachfront pier, effortlessly tossing the bloody dog collar into the sea, reminded me of Barbara Stanwyck circa Double Indemnity. She’s just so effortlessly cool, sexy, and vicious.
The show itself is twisted and funÃ¢â‚¬â€œthough I could have done without the gimmicky flash-forwards. Nevertheless, Ted Danson and Rose Byrne (who is quickly becoming one of my favorite young actresses) both give can’t-turn-away performances. Needless to say, it’s going to be a long summer.
(Added bonus: producers promise the plot won’t be dragged on for years. There will be a resolution to the story by the end of the season and a new story arch will commence next year. Thank God for that!)
(AP Photo/FX, Larry Riley)