Damien (TV series)
by David Seltzer
|Developed by||Glen Mazzara|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production location(s)||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Original release||March 7– May 9, 2016|
Damien is an A&E television series based on the horror film series The Omen. The show was ordered as a series on August 25, 2014, by Lifetime, but was moved to A&E on April 29, 2015, where it premiered on March 7, 2016.
On May 20, 2016, A&E cancelled the series after one season.
Based on the 1976 film The Omen, Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), now a 30-year-old war photographer who has forgotten his Satanic past, facing his true identity. Ann Rutledge (Barbara Hershey), who has protected Damien all his life, will help him embrace his Antichrist side.
Flashbacks to Damien's childhood use clips from the original film.
- Bradley James as Damien Thorn
- Megalyn Echikunwoke as Simone Baptiste
- Omid Abtahi as Amani Golkar
- David Meunier as Detective James Shay
- Barbara Hershey as Ann Rutledge
- Scott Wilson as John Lyons
- Gerry Pearson as The Cassocked Man
- Brody Bover as Jacob Shay
- Melanie Scrofano as Veronica Selvaggio
- Sandrine Holt as Paula Sciarra
- Tiffany Hines as Kelly Baptiste
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"The Beast Rises"||Shekhar Kapur||Glen Mazzara||March 7, 2016||0.753|
|On the day of his 30th birthday, Damien Thorn, a war photographer, has a traumatic experience with a possessed old woman while on assignment in the Christian Quarter of the Old City in Damascus, Syria. In order to find answers, he reunites with his ex-girlfriend and journalist Kelly Baptiste, but disturbing visions of his past flash before his eyes and he learns from a biblical professor that he is the Antichrist and he later discovers the number of the Beast birthmark on his scalp.|
|2||"Second Death"||Ernest R. Dickerson||Mark H. Kruger||March 14, 2016||0.535|
|As a man is given one of the seven daggers of Megiddo to use to kill Damien, the funeral for Kelly takes place. Damien attends but feels the religious symbolism close in on him. Ann Rutledge, who has sworn an oath to protect Damien since childhood, saves him from Detective Shay's interrogation following the failed assassination attempt. Damien insists on knowing their connection, and she leads him to a vault containing items of his that she has collected, which unlocks more of his fractured evil memory.|
|3||"The Deliverer"||Guillermo Navarro||Ryan C. Coleman||March 21, 2016||0.515|
|Damien's chat with Ann leads him to John Lyons, then-White House Chief of Staff who helped raise him. Lyons warns him of Ann's dark nature, believing she caused the fiery death of a staffer that tried to expose Armitage Global, a company now run by Lyons. The company is covertly set up to guide Damien down his path. Even though Lyons believes Ann's protective methods seem outdated, she still proves to be viable by having Damien chase her replacement into a subway station. Damien decides instead to save a young boy from an oncoming train, while the man mysteriously dies after his tie gets stuck in the escalator.|
|4||"The Number of a Man"||Bronwen Hughes||Nazrin Choudhury||March 28, 2016||0.479|
|Shay asks Damien to come in for questioning, mainly to ask why all the recent deaths are centered around Damien. They each threaten each other, before Damien mentions Ann's interest in him. When Shay visits Ann, she shows him the vault which is now a wine cellar and suggests Damien's time spent as a war photographer has affected his mind. Meanwhile, Simone's mother brings in a "witch doctor" to put Kelly's spirit to rest. He burns her belongings, which emits an orange flame before turning blue. In the ashes, they find her journal with the number 666 burned into a page. At home, Shay's son Jacob nearly drowns in the backyard pool.|
|5||"Seven Curses"||Mikael Salomon||K. C. Perry||April 4, 2016||0.371|
|Damien goes to the hospital to meet a psychiatrist about his PTSD and meets the family of the little boy he saved at the subway station. The father of the boy is a soldier, injured while serving in the army, undergoing treatment. When Damien asks to let him document his agony, the soldier confesses that he plans to commit suicide and requests him to photograph his attempt. Meanwhile, Simone steals the keys to Damien's apartment from Amani in an attempt to understand what her sister was trying to do before she died. Damien, quite disturbed after the soldier's suicide, goes to his parent's home and tries to kill himself in the garage via carbon monoxide and injecting himself with something to lose consciousness. However, two dogs drag him out and guard him.|
|6||"Temptress"||Nick Copus||Richard Hatem||April 11, 2016||0.466|
|Damien wakes in the hospital to find Ann convincing the doctor that his suicide attempt is indeed an accidental drug overdose. He escapes to talk to Lyons to learn more about Ann. He also finds a tattoo artist who tells him that the 666 tattoo on his head was done forcefully. The doctor calls to tell him that they found hallucinogens in his blood, and he suspects that Ann has been poisoning him in order to plant the whole Antichrist narrative. He becomes happier as he realizes that the whole Antichrist story is made up. He tries to get rid of Ann by following her and, in the process, discovers his mother living quietly in a countryside estate. Ann catches up with him, and he accidentally pushes his mother to her death while trying to kill Ann. He leaves his mother's home but gets arrested by Shay, who leaves him in the car only to be attacked by the old woman. He wakes up screaming in the ambulance and later realizes that the whole thing is a dream. In the hospital, Ann tries to calm him, but, when she realizes that he hates her, she leaves and breaks down in tears.|
|7||"Abattoir"||T.J. Scott||Mark H. Kruger||April 18, 2016||0.432|
|Unexpected help arrives for Damien, so Detective Shay stumbles on Damien's old friend. Meanwhile, Simone helps a mysterious figure, and Rutledge offers Damien on something he honestly wishes.|
|8||"Here Is Wisdom"||Tim Andrew||Sarah Thorp||April 25, 2016||0.421|
|Damien struggles to manage his fate, which leads to a bloody confrontation. Meanwhile, Sister Greta and Simone meet Veronica, and Shay's eyewitness deceases.|
|9||"The Devil You Know"||Jennifer Lynch||K. C. Perry & Glen Mazzara||May 2, 2016||0.406|
|Damien requests for Sister Greta's assistance and Simone uses Veronica to get access to Rutledge.|
|10||"Ave Satani"||Nick Copus||Glen Mazzara||May 9, 2016||0.405|
|In the series finale, Damien puts together the ultimate sacrifice, after Rutledge and Lyons objects the people around Damien.|
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series received an approval rating of 11% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 3.39/10. The site's consensus reads: "Damien is a horror series in need of some horror — not to mention better writing and more interesting characters." On Metacritic, the series holds a weighted average score of 37 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
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