Trust you, Patty Hewes?
Well, trust me when I say that this week’s finale of “Damages” was in lockstep with the rest of Season 2.
In other words, it was a big disappointment.
For a show that prides itself on the unexpected, this 90-minute resolution was way too tidy for my taste.
The bad guys went to jail.
Patty walked away scott free.
Ellen got closure on Patty trying to kill her last season. (To which I also say, what a crock…)
And good ol’ Tom got his job back.
A tepid “yay” is not what I want to be saying when I watch a season finale of “Damages.”
I want to be full of questions, shouting “What the hell?” and “Wow, I didn’t see that coming!”
Last season, our jaws dropped when one of Frobisher’s employees shot him and left him for dead. The guy on Frobisher’s payroll who killed David turned out to be a dirty cop. And Ellen turned informant for the FBI to bring down Patty. Not to mention, it turned out that Ellen’s old mentor, Mr. Nye, had been helping to investigate Patty for awhile. (What happened to Mr. Nye anyway?)
Now, that was a “whoa” finale and a well-crafted season.
This time around, as I’ve said before, the show simply took on too much. There were way too many characters running around, and if they’d been more compelling, maybe we’d have been able to keep them straight.
We never even found out what Dave Pell’s job was. Written a different way, that could have been intriguing; instead, it was just boring.
Plus, I’m irked that the Daniel Purcell storyline simply faded away: That was what really had me hooked at the outset of the season. So much so, I even thought that Season 2 might be better than Season 1.
I’m not sure why it happened – did William Hurt refuse to come out of his dressing room or something? – but Purcell disappeared halfway through the season.
Finding out last week that he kind of/sort of killed his wife was a nice twist, but honestly, it wasn’t enough to make up for trading that entire plot for the UNR sculduggery. Ooh, illegal energy trades? Snore.
And as for Marcia Gay Harden? Three words: Waste. Of. Talent.
So let’s do a bit of recapping, starting with the mystery scene of the season: Ellen shooting someone in her hotel room.
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