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Damages: The Final Season


On DVD: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

In the final season of Damages Ryan Phillippe (The Way of the Gun) joins the cast as Channing McClaren, a Julian Assange like cyber hacker that leaks vital information about the government over the internet. McClaren becomes one of the focal points for the fifth and final season of the series when a woman (Jenna Elfman; Dharma and Greg) comes forward claiming that he sexually assaulted her, but as always, things are a bit cloudy.

As for the other usual suspects, Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), their lives continue to intertwine with explosive consequences. Patty, who has received news that she is being courted by the Supreme Court, has to clear a few discrepancies from her past, mainly the attempted murder of Ellen in an early season. Did she have anything to do with it?

Meanwhile, Ellen has opened up her own firm and finds it a bit suspicious when McClaren lands on her doorstep as a referral from Patty. Ellen suspects something is up, but what?

As usual, Damages does a fantastic job of drawing you, keeping you under suspense, and then blowing your mind when all is said and done. I think the show could have done without all the flashbacks which muddle things up a bit and messes with the flow of the show, but if you’ve only seen this season they might work as sort of lifelines.

Ryan Phillippe is an excellent addition to the cast for the final season. He’s such a neutral actor you never know if he’s just a misunderstood guy who knows a lot about computers but less about the world, or if he’s a cunning evil person who understands how to bend the system.

I’ve never really been a huge fan of Jenna Elfman but she serves her purpose here. The part really could have been played by anyone, but the character is a great device to put you even more off the scent and keep you guessing about McClaren, Patty, and even Ellen who has been slowly but surely turning into Patty more and more. Even Patty realizes it as she has some odd dreams about Ellen.

All in all a great final season for the show that will inspire those out there that have neglected the show to go back and check it out from the beginning. After last season I went back and watched it from the beginning and loved every second of it. This is a great end all series that ties the show up nicely and allows it to leave in with its A game.

*Special features include Deleted Scenes and Outtakes. 

AJ Garcia
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