DAMAGES Season 3 Premiere Review


DAMAGES returns for an all new third season on Monday, January 25, at 10pm on FX.

This new season is inspired from the Bernard Madoff events. Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) gets appointed by the U.S. government to recover the billions of dollars lost to the largest ponzi scheme in Wall Street history. The guilty party is the powerful Tobin family, and more specifically the father, who was the mind behind the ponzi scheme. Now his family has to deal with the fallout from his mistakes. We thus meet his son, Joe Tobin (Campbell Scott), who was the one that turned his father in, and the mother, Marilyn Tobin (Lily Tomlin). Facing off with Patty, is the Tobin’s family attorney, Leonard Winstone (Martin Short).

In case you’re wondering, Tom Shayes is back and still by Patty’s side, but this season he gets made partner by Patty for all his work and loyalty. It’s true he is probably the most loyal person to her.

As for Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), she didn’t go back to work for Patty as expected, but is now adjusting to her new life and job in the DA’s office.

I got a chance to watch the first two episodes and wow, they get right back into it. As much as season 2 was great, I think that season 3 looks like it’s going to be another great contender. Plus I am loving the subject matter this season, especially since it is so relevant nowadays after the whole Madoff fiasco.

So many things happen in only two hours, that it’s hard not to be hooked on the show once more. The same format used in season 2, is used again this season, where we go back and forth between the present and scenes of things happening in the future, which leave you on the edge of your seat.

The great cast is back with Glenn Close of course being as great as ever as Patty. It’s like that role was made for her. But let’s not forget Tate Donovan and Rose Byrne, who both hold their own against her, and make the show what it is. You might also have noticed what a great new cast we’re getting this season with Martin Short, Campbell Scott, and Lily Tomlin. I can’t wait to see more of them, although I’ll admit that I am sad Timothy Olyphant is not back as Wes Krulik, I really liked that character.

As for the story, it once again looks like the writers brought it. In two episodes they already weave this net of mysteries that will be the arc for the season, that will guarantee you tune in each week.

On top of that, there is one big shocker in the premiere, which is the death of a major character (the identity of whom was actually spoiled by the actor, but I’d rather not say who to keep you surprised), which I did not see coming, but it’s going to make for such a great season. Even better, we learn something about that character that once again I never saw coming, and that will impact the whole season. It’s a pretty brilliant show, in case you hadn’t noticed. I personally can’t wait to see how the case unfolds and how all the other drama gets resolved.

If you have been a fan of Damages, you will not want to miss the premiere. So don’t miss the premiere on January 25 at 10pm and get ready for a crazy ride.