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Damien - S01E08

Drama . Horror
 

Damien's efforts to control his fate lead to a bloody confrontation; Greta and Simone meet Veronica; Shay loses a witness.

 
Episode Title: Here Is Wisdom
Airs: 2016-04-25 at 22:00
  • Rob Lowman

    Not bad if it’s your thing.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Damien the TV series is a fairly generic supernatural conspiracy thriller with elements of the police procedural, a well-populated genre.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    A&E's Damien joins the franchise, offering spooky and violent moments through its first five episodes, but struggling to find the narrative momentum necessary to work as an ongoing series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The pilot is relatively inert for a thriller as it pretty much tacks in all the expected directions.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The early episodes are the most overly ripe. Eventually, we get used to the bad dialogue and unintentionally funny direction and performances and surrender to the fundamental mystery of who Damien is, not to mention the question of the real identities and purpose of various people around him.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    At its core, though, the show feels hollow, in part because of the waffling approach to its central character.... Taken strictly on its own terms, Damien is mildly fun through these episodes, its flaws notwithstanding.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Damien has moments of nicely spooky atmospherics, but it’s neither scary nor fun, and when you’re dealing with this topic and this character, you have to move in one of those two directions, or you’ll just lose the battle to the devil of tedium.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Damien feels like dramatic purgatory. [7-10 Mar 2016, p.19]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Unfortunately, the premiere is more depressing than scary, often feeling as if we're being sucked slowly into quicksand.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    Damien is nothing more than cliche, right down to the use of Rottweilers as hellhounds.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    The pilot is rushed, the direction is flat, the imagination is lacking. [11 Mar 2016, p.76]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    That a series centered around the Antichrist is this scare-free, weirdly witless, and dramatically inert comes as a deeply unpleasant surprise.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Just as drear and dreadful as that history would suggest.... The constant pre-apocalyptic jitters get in the way of James creating much of a character.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Slezak

    Hershey’s commitment to the role is impressive, but it’s not enough to follow Damien into the schlockiest circle of TV hell.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Brandon Nowalk

    With a visual palette of dim neutrals and its only modes of darkness being dour realism and harmless fantasy, Damien suggests nothing so much as a hotel bar. Its death sequences are hit or miss when it comes to horror, but at least they display some imagination.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The lack of suspense and originality is depressing.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The pilot episode features some handsome compositions, but neither the imagery nor the predictable plodding of the story suggest any insights into concepts of fate, religion, free will, and human nature.

    Collider Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It is a show in search of the right tone, littered with laughable dialogue and a notable uncertainty of what it’s supposed to be. The horror doesn’t work, the characters aren’t defined and the plot is ludicrous. You’d be better off watching one of the “Omen” sequels.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review