Is anyone else watching and getting slowly obsessed with the new USA show Damnation?
Wonderful themes of class issues, the rich and powerful against the workers, how religion (specifically Christian but from different perspectives) plays a role in how people make life choices all set in a rural 1930′s midwestern small town where two brothers - one pretending to be a priest in order to stir up the local farmers to strike - and the other as an illiterate Pinkerton who uses a literate prostitute with secrets of her own to help him, and who has been sent to town to 1) break the strikes and 2) stop his brother.
Lots of themes about the soul of America through lenses of violence, religion, class warfare, criminal activities, and even some about how women and especially women of color, were treated differently.
But it’s also got aspects of cat and mouse between two brothers, as well as some other players on the board who are after one or both of them for different reasons. Not to mention the occasional flashback to show us how these brothers ended up on the roads they’re currently on.
Action, character arcs, lots of seedy characters who have their own motivations for things and surprise you with random kindnesses or over the top evilness. It’s a fun show, but also a thinker.
And the actors are pretty to look at too.
We’ve got our two stars Logan Marshall-Green (from Quarry, Dark Blue, and Ryan Atwood’s nasty brother on the The O.C.) and Killian Scott (Ripper Street). Then the two women in their lives - Sarah Jones (Alcatraz, Polly Zobelle from Sons of Anarchy, and also Big Love), and Chasten Harmon (a few eps of Elementary and pictured above the above pic).
Joe Adler (just did some Grey’s Anatomy eps, and has worked on The Mentalist) plays a local reporert who has been thrown into the mix of the various power plays. Melinda Page Hamilton (Devious Maids, Big Love), has come to town with her own agenda. Gabriel Mann (my guy Nolan Ross from Revenge) plays a top-level client with ties to both high society and criminal outfits - he’s got his fingers in all the pies.
And in the last episode? Zack McGowan (King Roan from The 100, Captain Charles Vane from Black Sails, Anton Ivanov from Shield, and so many other wonderful roles) showed up as a crony of Mann’s character - and I for one hope he sticks around. He always makes things more interesting, doesn’t he?
Anyway, there’s been 7 episodes so far with only 3 left to go for the season, so it’d be a fairly easy catch-up for anyone interested. I believe it’s also airing on Netflix.
[All stills shamelessly snagged from google images, the gif from a tumblr post - I take no credit for any of them and will credit the original artists if they ask - I am just graphically challenged myself but felt this post needed something visual.]