DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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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

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