Why on earth do I keep wasting my time with Damages? Is it because seeing Timothy Olyphant makes me wistful for better days in the Western Territories? Is it because cameo appearances by Baltimore PD heavyweights Lou Rawls and now Lester Freamon will inevitably bring a tear to my eye? (Thank you, Lester, for keeping it real.) Is it because I have pronounced OC tendencies?
This week’s episode — directed by none other than Orange County’s number one dead-beat dad, Jimmy Cooper, and presciently titled “I agree, it wasn’t funny” — actually felt like something of an insult. The deliberately cryptic flash-forwards are just SO GODDAMN TIRED. At least on Lost there’s a coherent (albeit wacky) justification for the flashes; on Damages it’s just an empty gimmick. And worse, it’s wasteful of some considerable acting talents (Numbnuts Donovan notwithstanding). Weak, FX. Y’all need to get Charlie Kelly to fix the rest of your programming.