Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Book Hunter Watches Some TV

Once upon a time, the FX Network aired this magnificent lawyer-based drama called Damages. At first, I wasn't too interested with it. However, when the network started to re-air the first season in preparation for the second season, I was hooked immediately. However, after the third season aired, I learned that Damages would not be returning to the FX Network line up. This was a shock because the third season was filled with twists and turns, not to mention on the edge of your seat excitement. What on earth was wrong with FX? How could they allow such a killer series drop from their grasps when shows like Always Sunny are given chance after chance for renewal - okay, that's like comparing the works of William Shakespeare to that of whatever that women who brought us Twilight is named.

Thank the TV gods that DirecTV picked up the series on its Audience Network. The fourth season is by far the best, as the Audience Network allots the series a little more freedom than FX ever gave it. Freedom from the FCC, for instance - which means a little more color and nudity to the series.

The season picks up three years after the events of season three, with Ellen now seeking to take down a private military contractor played by John Goodman. Dylan Baker also appears as a CIA agent whose emotions have compromised his allegiance to the CIA, his country and its military. Chris Messina plays Ellen's old high school flame, Christopher Sanchez, who sets events in motion with information on an illegal mission carried out by High Star.

The season, told in ten hour-long episodes, delivers a range of emotions, which is expected from the series. Glenn Close and Rose Byrne returned as Patty Hewes and Ellen Parsons, respectively.

I can't wait for the fifth season and hope that the Audience Network picks it up for a couple of more.

Until next time, keep on huntin'.

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