'Damnation' is slightly weird, has a comic book feel


By Kevin McDonough

OK, here's a weird one. Set in the 1930s, "Damnation" (10 p.m., USA, TV-MA) stars Killian Scott as Seth Davenport. He claims to be an itinerant preacher, but the gospel he delivers is one of class consciousness, strikes and worker solidarity.

Just arrived in Iowa in the depths of the Great Depression, Davenport tries to organize a farmers' strike, a blockade of crop delivery to greedy merchants under the thumb of a particularly unctuous banker. He has no idea that the powers-that-be have sent a violent strike breaker named Creeley Turner (Logan Marshall-Green, "Quarry") to stop him and his "Bolshevik" movement. It's not giving too much away to reveal that much violence ensues. Or that both men share a common past.

Featuring the fast pace and open skies of a traditional Western, "Damnation" may appeal to some "Mr. Robot" fans who have interest in a struggle against "the man" set in a pre-digital era. "Damnation" suffers from a slightly over-the-top atmosphere that gives it a comic book feel. Perhaps that's intentional.

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