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Damages S3 finished on Monday, and only now am I ready to say anything!

This show! Oh, how I love it, I cannot even find enough words! What other TV programs gives us such tightly crafted (and both thematically and symbolically rich) story arcs that span *three* full seasons with (virtually) no seams showing? S3 even managed to rescue -- and render meaningful, in retrospect -- many of the more lackluster elements of S2. I am in awe of both the writing and acting talent involved here!

I could go on and on about so many things (and I see some other people have posted about a lot of the topics that struck me), but for now I will talk about what I love the most: Patty Hewes and Ellen Parsons!

What other TV program has given us anything even *close* to this kind of complex female-female relationship? The show never truly commits to any single interpretation of what they are, exactly. Mother-daughter substitutes, mentor-mentee, a femslash pairing, mirror images, predecessor/successor, friends, rivals, enemies, colleagues, partners...the genius of this show is that they are -- or have been, or will be -- ALL of those things to each other.

Spoilers for all three seasons inside )

They're kindred spirits. And yet not. Drawn to each other and also repulsed. And while we (the audience) initially were led to believe that Patty was the sun and Ellen a hapless planet wheeling about in orbit, it turns out that's the wrong metaphor. They're binary stars, revolving around a common center of mass, simultaneously running away from and falling back toward each other in an endless circular dance.
jaybee65: (Patty)
I'm a couple of days behind posting this, and I haven't posted in a while, so I have several episodes to catch up on!

Read more... )
jaybee65: (Patty)
Since there has been a wee bit of discussion, ohhhhh somewhere around fandom lately, about the dearth (or not) of interesting female characters in popular media, it seems timely to talk about my current favorite show, Damages: a show that not only is about two complex, intelligent female characters (and passes that much-bandied-about-lately Bechdel test in virtually every scene), but is also the only program I have EVER come across where it's the *men* who wind up in refrigerators. (I should meta about that sometime, if I can get my thoughts together.)

Season 1 of Damages was one of my favorite television shows EVER. It had everything I would want in a series: a tightly-written, twisty, genuinely thrilling plot; fabulous acting; attractive and multi-layered female protagonists with SERIOUSLY SLASHY CHEMISTRY WOOOOOOOO; morally ambiguous characters who lie and backstab (and maybe even kill) over high-stakes causes; lovely visuals (albeit sometimes really ominous and creepy-feeling)...you get the picture. Of course there is no fandom (to speak of) for it: not only is it about two women, but (to be fair), it would probably be a fringe fandom even with male characters -- I think the writing is so good, it's intimidating for fen to tackle.

Season 2 was good, but didn't live up to S1 -- too much tying up of dangling plot threads (sometimes in careless and rushed-seeming ways), and too many villains/rambling plotlines. Looking back on it, I think it mostly served as transition between S1 and S3. Which needed to happen, but wasn't as gripping as I would like.

If the first episode of S3 is any indication, though, the gripping quality is BACK. OH HELL YEAH!

Squeeage about S3...includes spoilers! )
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I haven't had lots of internet time this week, but I did manage to sneak on to check out Yuletide. So many wonderful stories to read, as usual! I'll need more time to catch up with them all.

For now, three recs:

First and foremost, my gift this year. It's called I Might Be Wrong, and it's Damages fic!! *Dances in glee* It's long; it's plotty; it's all about the warped Patty&Ellen relationship; and it's fabulous! I could not be happier -- it's like my author read my mind.

Second, La Femme Nikita fic! It's called To Everything There Is A Season, and it's Madeline-centric, both pre- and post-series, with plot and twists and insights into the characters...just excellent!

Finally, Spooks fic! This one is called By That Sin Fell The Angels. It's got both old characters and new (including Ruth, Ros, Juliet and even Tessa!), a clever plot with twists, and even pretty steamy Harry/Juliet backstory references. Just awesome.

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