It was July 2008 and the nominations for the Emmy Awards were just announced.Being a regular follower of TV Series i was surprised by the name "Damages" getting handsome number of nominations(i.e 7).More surprisingly it won 3 Emmy awards while my favorite series "Dexter" was left empty handed.It left quite an impression and i added it to my to-watch list.Apparently my list was so long that Damages didn't get a chance to land on my screen until recently.After been 3 years in the queue i finally watched Damages Season 1 and frankly it was awesome.It has to be one of the best series that i ever watched.
It covers a law firm who is indulged in a lawsuit against a billionaire who allegedly withdrawn his shares just before his company went bankrupt.The whole season revolves around this one case hence building up quite a strong plot.The essence of this series is focusing on this one case instead of one-per-episode format which is usually followed in law firm kind of series.
The first striking thing about this series is its depiction of timeline.The Series begins at the start and end of the story.So you already know the end of the story (most of it) you just don't know how/why it happened.On one hand a rookie lawyer Ellen Parson(Rose Byrne) is trying to impress her new boss(the impressive Glenn Close) while on the other hand she is running from a crime scene soaked in blood.Both time lines progress smoothly until they catches up.It doesnt sound new to some of you but believe me it was done way better than it sounds.
The second impressive feature is that its hard to figure out any morally "IDEAL" characters in it which are usually essential part of a story.During the course of the case both sides are trying dirty tactics to overcome the other and in my opinion this is the beauty of this series.No one is depicted as a saint,everyone has some kind of dirt on him/her.
An interesting thing about the first season is that it left you wondering what would be the plot of the second season,how would the producers mould the story and to what extent but this question is finally answered in the final minutes of the FINALE which is of course very thrilling and lays a solid base for the second season.
If you are still not interested then please watch this series just for the sake of Glenn Close.Glenn did a marvelous job that left you wondering why the hell she didn't win an Oscar even when she was nominated five times yes 5 times.She is just a natural and no one could have performed the character of Patty Hewes better than Glenn,she did it brilliantly.
Last but not the least ,the title song kicks ass giving the kick to the season with the verse
"when i am through with you,there wont be anything left".
It is highly recommended for suspense/mystery lovers.Bottom line for watching this series is "TRUST NO ONE" in it.