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Missing Starts Off With A Bang

Missing 2012

It’s been a really long time since a show has captured my attention right off the bat. Usually when I start watching a show it takes awhile for me to get into it and sometimes my attention will go elsewhere in the process but not Missing. When I first started seeing previews for Missing I got excited. Right away I knew I’d fall in love and started anticipating the season premiere.

Missing is an American drama/thriller that stars Ashley Judd who looks amazing by the way. If I can look that great when I hit her age I’d be one happy camper. It revolves around a former CIA operative Becca whose husband was killed tragically in a car bombing in Rome while him and his son were on vacation.  Ten years later her son gets accepted into a summer architecture program in Rome. The same place her husband was killed. Becca is now living a normal life running a flower shop and is very reluctant to see her son go. He assures her he will be just fine but it turns out he was wrong. Her son is kidnapped and Becca is now leading the hunt as a desperate mother in search of her son relying on her skills and connections as a former CIA operative. Bit by bit little secrets and mysteries come to the surface and after every episode you’re left wondering what will happen next.

Although this show has many, many pros like the fact that all the acting is believable and well delivered and the storyline is really exciting I guess the only con I have is how long will they be able to keep this storyline up? How many more mysteries could there possibly be and how far can they take this story? How long will she be searching for her son? In order to survive on TV you have to have lots of tricks up your sleeves and keep viewers guessing. There is nothing worse than a show that delivers in the beginning and fizzles in the end. Hopefully that won’t happen with Missing because so far I’m really impressed!!

You can catch Missing on ABC. It airs Thursday nights at 8/7 c.

Cast:

Ashley Judd as Rebecca “Becca” Winstone

Cliff Curtis as Agent Dax Miller

Sean Bean as Paul Winstone

Nick Eversman as Michael Winstone

Adriano Giannini as Giancarlo Rossi

Recurring Cast:

Laura Donnelly as Violet Heath and Jason Wong as Fitzpatrick: Members of Miller’s CIA team.

Gina McKee as Jamie Ortega: CIA director in charge of Dax’s station, based in Washington D.C.

Caleb Barton Smith as young Michael Winstone.

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Damages

I recently opened a Netflix account. A free month was offered and I can never refuse anything free so I signed up. My main thought was that my kids needed something very easy to use and I loved the fact that I could add it to our Wii which is currently in their room. I refuse to put cable into their room because all I could picture was them channel surfing all night but not really watching much of anything so Netflix was an excellent option because they can pick what they like and watch it, pause it, and get back to it. There are also no commercials. I hate my kids watching commercials because they usually end up begging me for something they magically figure we need because some kid on TV was having so much fun with it. Anyways, enough about Netflix. I’m on here to write about a spectacular TV show that I ended up watching on Netflix for hours on end named Damages. A show many of you have not yet watched but NEED to check out.

When I first read reviews on Damages my first thought was here we have yet another lawyer show but looks can be very deceiving. This show has taken me on quite the roller coaster ride with it’s superb acting and thrilling script. You never know what’s going to happen next…literally. The twists and turns left me on the edge of my seat and I fell in love with each and every character no matter how cold and evil they were.

Damages begins with one of the main characters running out of an elevator bloody and confused onto the street then it goes back to tell the story of what happened to her. I love when a show grabs your attention in the first minute and keeps your attention all the way through. It’s a sign of wonderful writing and acting.

As you continue to watch Damages you get to know (or think you know) each and every character and what they’re capable of doing to win a case. There’s a young lawyer named Ellen Parsons who is fresh out of law school and looking for a job. She is approached by a brilliant lawyer Patty Hewes and given the opportunity of a lifetime. To work at her firm and become her protegee. She takes on the challenge and that’s where everything begins. She soon comes to the realization that Patty Hewes will do whatever it takes to win and will stomp on anyone who gets in her way.

I can’t say enough good things about this show. Each character plays their role so well. If you want to check this show out you can watch it on Netflix or rent or buy all four seasons.

Damages was originally airing on FX and is now broadcast on DirecTV. It premiered on July 24, 2007 and they are currently producing the fifth and final season as of October 2011 but they have not said when it will air. Who knows what will happen in season five. Will Patty Hewes and Ellen Parsons go head to head like the final show in season four suggests? I’m excited to find out!!

There have been a few teasers as to who will be joining the show for season five. Word is that Ryan Phillipe will play a major role as well as Jenna Elfman, the star of Dharma and Greg, who will play an investment bank employee troubled by her company’s conduct. I think we’re in for a treat and I can’t wait.

Cast:

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Rose Byrne as Ellen Parson
Tate Donovan as Tom Shayes
Ted Danson as Arthur Forbisher
Anastasia Griffith as Katie Connor
Zeljko Ivanek as Ray Fiske
Noah Bean as David Connor
Timothy Olyphant as Wes Krulik
William Hurt as Daniel Purcell
Marcia Gay Harden as Claire Maddox
Campbell Scott as Joe Tobin
Martin Short as Leonard Winstone
Lily Tomlin as Marilyn Tobin
John Goodman as Howard T. Erickson
Chris Messina as Chris Sanchez
Dylan Baker as Jerry Boorman

Season 5:
Ryan Phillipe as Channing McClaren