Why “Damages” Doesn’t Cut It

James Wolcott zeroes in on the problem with “Damages”: ‘For all its ingenuity and crafty execution, it just isn’t very pleasurable. Its cynicism and gamesmanship are too self-conceited and self-enclosed, allowing no breathing space for true humor or lyricism to flourish, something that lifts you out of the plot maze they’ve constructed and unfolds into something larger, wider.’

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