Critic Consensus: "The Damned" stumbles after the season opener, with the unexpected return of a forgotten character, and a whole lot of action -- but not a whole lot of thrills.
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as Carol Peletier
as Maggie Greene
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as Rosita Espinosa
as Eugene Porter
as Gabriel Stokes
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Critic reviews for The Damned
There is nothing here, action-wise, that you haven't seen many, many other times on this show.
Never-ending battle scenes were confusingly staged; characters are still monologuing as if coughing up selected excerpts from Shakespeare For Dummies.
Structurally, however, episode 2 is all over the place. As with last week's premiere, The Damned experiments with chronology and character placement to try and keep viewers on their toes, but the results end up creating more confusion than anything else.
I don't pretend to know what this show needs to improve, because I don't. All I know is that, now that the nostalgia of the 100th episode has come and gone, the present looks pretty hopeless.
"The Damned" is a mess of an episode, incapable of mustering anywhere near the excitement it should thanks to confusing plotting and lazy writing.
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