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Enthusiastic thumbs up. I see the creators of this show are letting the audience know that they are ambitious when they had the FBI guys saying these things take 2 to 3 years. I was waiting for past/present/future moments assuming it would be like the previous season but they held off until the end of the episode. They do change things up this season which is a welcome change since most shows just keep with exactly one method and never alter that formula.


Damages is the right word for this show as the lead characters are clearly damaged by the events of the previous season.
 

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Great start last night. Glad to see HD although production technique results in a "grainy"

product. FX, AMC, Showtime, and to a lesser extent HBO and TNT contiue to blow the networks away with their content.
 

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I was worried that we'd have more SD from FX HD, after The Shield, and after the two Season 1 recaps for Damages were in SD.


I'm still probably not going to watch the show right now. Too much better stuff on. However, I will record it and will probably watch it in the Spring.
 

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I was worried that we'd have more SD from FX HD, after The Shield, and after the two Season 1 recaps for Damages were in SD.


I'm still probably not going to watch the show right now. Too much better stuff on. However, I will record it and will probably watch it in the Spring.

so what's the over/under on who Ellen shoots 6 months later:


(1) Patty

(2) Frobischer

(3) Timothy Olyphant (guy from her meetings)


as we've seen in season 1, they show something like this in the beginning of the season only to make it 100% different from your original guess


My $$$ is on #2
 

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I was worried that we'd have more SD from FX HD, after The Shield, and after the two Season 1 recaps for Damages were in SD.


I'm still probably not going to watch the show right now. Too much better stuff on. However, I will record it and will probably watch it in the Spring.

If I had the willpower, I'd wait too and watch several episodes in one sittingon a Saturday afternoon. It's one of those shows that stir me up
second-guessing every character's motives. I hate that anxious feelingespecially when I have to go to sleep.


I delayed my viewing time by about 20 minutes to forward through the commercials not knowing that last nights presentation was commercial free.



Glad it's back, great show and in HD and my TW provides FXHD.
 

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Yeah, I love Damages, too. I was underwhelmed from time to time last season, mostly because the combination of such difficult subject matter and having to watch the show in SD nearly wore me out. I changed my mind, though, last summer when I re-watched Season 1 on BD. Wow! It just proved to me, again, that there is no substitute for HD. Thanks to Cox OKC having added FX HD last month, I am getting to see this season's shows in HD.


The show has everything. In addition to great writing, it has a star, Glenn Close, who has 5 Oscar nominations and 3 Tonys plus an Oscar winning guest star, William Hurt. I also like Tim Olyphant a lot. He does charming but slightly, sometimes more than slightly, crazy pretty boys better than about anybody. He really grew on me as Seth Bullock in Deadwood and I thought he was terrific in both Live Free or Die Hard and Hitman.
 

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so what's the over/under on who Ellen shoots 6 months later:


(1) Patty

(2) Frobischer

(3) Timothy Olyphant (guy from her meetings)


as we've seen in season 1, they show something like this in the beginning of the season only to make it 100% different from your original guess


My $$$ is on #2

My crazy guess? The older gentleman who does Patty's dirty work. I think the Frobischer storyline will be over before season's end.


I laughed out loud when that guy from her meetings popped up. I only remembered him from Scream 2 (or was it 3?), having not seen any of his other work.
 

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My crazy guess? The older gentleman who does Patty's dirty work. I think the Frobischer storyline will be over before season's end.


I laughed out loud when that guy from her meetings popped up. I only remembered him from Scream 2 (or was it 3?), having not seen any of his other work.

he also played the criminal mastermind in the VEERRRRY average Live Free or Die Hard (die hard 4)
 

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The older guy is named Uncle Pete. He is played by the estimable Tom Aldredge, who is an old time Broadway guy and has been nominated for multiple Tonys. He also made fairly regular appearances in The Sopranos over the years.


I liked Live Free or Die Hard, as did the viewing public. It was hugely popular and made a bunch of money. Was it dumb? Of course, it was a Bruce Willis Die Hard movie.
I particularly enjoyed Tim Olyphant as the evil genius and the decorative Maggie Q as his kick ass henchwoman. The movie was a lot of fun.
 

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what no posts about last night's episode? this is one of the best series' on tv, should be more chatter.


so what is Tate Donovan's character giving Ellen a gun for ? any guesses?


Timothy Olyphant's character is also a lot darker... not only clippings on Frobisher but also on Ellen's fiancee as well. Maybe that's why Ellen is getting a gun, and also who she is shooting at the 6 month later point
 

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Isn't anybody watching this show anymore? I love Damages and think that it is the smartest show on TV. It's downsides are formidable, though: (1) dense difficult story lines, which can get away from the viewer if he doesn't pay close attention and (2) lead characters who are, to put it mildly, less than admirable.


I just finished watching the BDs of Season 1. It was great television, so great that I enjoyed it more this time than ever before. Patty Hewes is a nasty piece of work but her sidekick Ellen Parsons is only marginally purer. In Ellens' defense, though, she has paid a big price for her perfidy, given that Patty tried to have her killed, her fiance was murdered, and she spent considerable time in jail before Patty arranged to get her off, thanks to yet another betrayal by Patty. No wonder Ellen is currently engaged in a betrayal of Patty designed to send Patty to prison. "Trust no one," indeed!
 

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I'm still probably not going to watch the show right now. Too much better stuff on. However, I will record it and will probably watch it in the Spring.

That's an excellent way to watch a show like this, and it's usually my normal viewing pattern, but I watched the first ep a week ago and was hooked, now I'm in for the weekly dosage.

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Isn't anybody watching this show anymore? I love Damages and think that it is the smartest show on TV. It's downsides are formidable, though: (1) dense difficult story lines, which can get away from the viewer if he doesn't pay close attention and (2) lead characters who are, to put it mildly, less than admirable.


I just finished watching the BDs of Season 1. It was great television, so great that I enjoyed it more this time than ever before. Patty Hewes is a nasty piece of work but her sidekick Ellen Parsons is only marginally purer. In Ellens' defense, though, she has paid a big price for her perfidy, given that Patty tried to have her killed, her fiance was murdered, and she spent considerable time in jail before Patty arranged to get her off, thanks to yet another betrayal by Patty. No wonder Ellen is currently engaged in a betrayal of Patty designed to send Patty to prison. "Trust no one," indeed!

That's what I love about this show, the incredible plot and character density, yet at the same time, they present it in a way that's not really that hard to follow. Quite an achievement when compared to other serialized TV.


The fact that you really have no idea who are the "good guys"(if there even is in a show like this, although, of all the characters I think Tom is probably the best of the worst) makes it especially delicious. The scene where Hurt and Harden meet in the car was a definite "whoa" moment, good stuff.


As far as some speculation, it seems somewhat apparent that part of the Hurt character plotline is to get back at Patty over the issue of their son.
 

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I love Damages and think that it is the smartest show on TV. It's downsides are formidable, though: (1) dense difficult story lines, which can get away from the viewer if he doesn't pay close attention and (2) lead characters who are, to put it mildly, less than admirable.

.... "Trust no one," indeed!

Yes I’m loving it too. Just to add… I really love the casting. Obviously Glenn Close is spectacular in this series but the small roles are so perfect too.


As one example, the detective interrogating the William Hurt character is not the stereotypical TV crime fighter saddled with a fake new yauk accent. This actor looks straight out of the New York City Police Department. He is the exact lawman that would be knocking hard on my (NYC) door-- if I were involved in some transgression.



And Hollis Nye, the old lawyer played by the melodious and eloquent sounding Philip Bosco, I keep waiting for him to enlighten Ellen about the virtues of the Lexus—he’s great too.
 

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That's what I love about this show, the incredible plot and character density, yet at the same time, they present it in a way that's not really that hard to follow. Quite an achievement when compared to other serialized TV.


The fact that you really have no idea who are the "good guys"(if there even is in a show like this, although, of all the characters I think Tom is probably the best of the worst) makes it especially delicious.

It's true that the show's complexity and ambiguous characters are its magic. Despite Tom's loyalty to Patty and his consistent support of Ellen, both Patty and Ellen disrespect him because he is "weak." I practiced law for over 40 years and some of my partners had their faults but the worst among them looked like St. Francis of Assisi compared to Patty. Ellen has not yet reached Patty's level of monstrousness but she has come a long way toward it in less than a year of practice. Speaking of Ellen, I don't think that Rose Byrne is the world's strongest actress but she is adequate and she looks GREAT.
 

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I just started watching Damages this season and am hooked. FX has the best shows on television. I also love Rescue Me and Sons of Anarchy. I'm so happy that Cablevision added FXHD last year.
 

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I just started watching Damages this season and am hooked. FX has the best shows on television. I also love Rescue Me and Sons of Anarchy. I'm so happy that Cablevision added FXHD last year.

Get the DVDs, or better yet the BDs, of season one. That was terrific television!
 

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I just started watching Damages this season and am hooked. FX has the best shows on television. I also love Rescue Me and Sons of Anarchy. I'm so happy that Cablevision added FXHD last year.

Speaking of FX… and even though it wasn’t in HD… if you never gave it a chance… and intense police dramas float your boat… get all of the seasons of The Shield on DVD.. There’s a couple of days worth of entertainment to enjoy during an icy cold winter.
 

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Surprised at the lack of chit chat here regarding this season, especially since it's great... I guess many viewers are storing up the episodes to watch in one sitting. This is the best way to watch this show but personally, I can't wait.
 

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NO FX HD YET
 
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