Tonight is the last time that DirectTV subscribers will have the privilege of regularly seeing Glenn Close on their televisions.
Tragically, it seems tonight's third season finale will be the last Damages episode we'll ever see, and after such a strong creative comeback, too. I can't blame FX -- they did everything they could, but people just wouldn't watch the show, despite all of its ads and Emmys. It's really too bad. I can't think of very many current shows that are this much fun, with this fantastic a cast, and I'm going to miss it dearly. But I digress to tonight's finale.
Because I was one of the many who didn't think Damages' second season was anywhere near the quality of its first, I am very happy to say that the first two episodes of the new season are fantastic. Like its first season, it manages to make a ripped-from-the-headlines plot work in its own storyworld (like Season 1's Enron inspiration, this time around Patty's going after a Bernie Madoff-type, and it ain't thinly veiled, or veiled at all, really), which also allows for Ellen to be dealing with Patty in a way that makes sense. Ellen's got a job with the D.A. now, and is working the criminal side of the case, while Patty is, of course, seeking damages for Schmadoff's victims (one of whom is that poor bastard Tom Shayes, because the world just hates that guy for some reason). Bitchy tension is had by all, and it's just delicious.
Tonight's the second season finale of Damages, and apparently they had to make it 90 minutes long to fit in all the twisted stuff they have to show us. Good times. Hopefully. This season hasn't been quite as exciting and messed-up as the first, though admittedly, that was pretty f'ed up, so it was a hard act to follow. But with all the pieces coming together, and Patty hell-bent on winning her case at all costs, and Ellen wanting revenge and reminding Patty to "trust no one" in the previews, it promises to go out with a bang.