At the beginning of Damages, the new Glenn Close dark-underbelly-of-the-law-firms miniseries, it is made specifically clear that our young female lawyer protagonist is going to get damaged. Not that she’s much to cheer for as a protagonist; she’s pretty much a generic sweet-young-thing-out-of-law-school type, existing only to have innocence to lose. She finds herself in the midst of a major legal action against a sleazy businessman (played by Ted Danson in the only smile-inducing performance in the piece, as he casually places his solid charm behind his dubious dealings) and a high-powered attorney (Close). So all is darkness, and murkiness, and damage, and this makes it a journey into the unpleasant. Smoothly made in some fronts, over the top in some, but hard to endorse as an entertainment.

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