DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
CONCENTRATE. A lot of new people to meet. After all those old ones died last season, Damages itself almost died. It was like a bad movie, the scene where the guy on death row gets a phone call from the governor. Or very, very similar to that. FX decided it wasn’t going to do any more, then Directv swooped in and gave it two more seasons. It’s expensive, and it’s not exactly popular, but it has cachet, and it wins shiny trophies, so it must be a series that’s worth having on the books. I’m glad it’s back anyway, and I guess that’s the main thing.
So we’re about three years down the track now, and Patty (Glenn Close) has a new haircut and a granddaughter she’s been left to bring up. So far she’s been through ‘‘ seven or eight’’ nannies. She’s also working on some massive lawsuit involving a pharmaceuticals company. But you get the impression this won’t be the case she invests in. Two things: 1. The pharmaceuticals guy is played by a no-name actor. 2. That’s John Goodman sitting there in front of a subcommittee hearing that rubber stamps defence contracts.
Inner strength: Rose Byrne
Goodman plays Howard Erickson, the CEO of High Star, a private security firm that operates in war zones, which so far has got about a billion dollars’ work out of the US Government. Mercenaries, we used to call them. Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) has been watching Erickson and it turns out a boy she went to school with, Chris Sanchez, worked for High Star in Afghanistan. He’s back now and the only person he wants to be with is his dog. And his gun. Ellen herself seems listless, and people around her have to remind themselves and us that she’s stronger than she looks. She’ll have to be. The bad dude is OTT bad: Dylan Baker. Damages W, Foxtel/austar, 8.30pm