Justified: Season 1
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Timothy Olyphant (Damages and Deadwood) stars as a modern-day Western hero based on the character created from legendary crime novelist Elmore Leonard from his short story, “Fire in the Hole.” Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens (Olyphant) is exiled to his hometown of Harlan County, Kentucky after the shooting of a Miami drug cartel hit man raises debate over his renegade style of law enforcement. Unfortunately it isn’t long before the people he left behind begin to surface in the most unexpected ways. Raylan’s new job pursuing prison escapees, fugitive con men, and a corrupt local sheriff has never been more intense. Find out what makes Raylan’s Wild West, gun-slinging actions Justified in this thrilling first season.
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At first blush, the show appears to be nothing more than a modern day twist on the “wild west” theme set in Kentucky. Not being a particular fan of westerns, I avoided watching the show until I read some of the reviews on Amazon and decided to give it a shot. From the first scene in the very first episode, I knew I had stumbled onto a gem. The dialogue on this show is masterfully written and a joy to watch as it is delivered by a magnificent bevy of actors. The star, Timothy Olyphant, truly lives up to his nickname of “Olyphantastic” as he plays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. He possesses a boyish charm that draws you in immediately. You root him on as he pursues the numerous villains throughout the seasons - villains you will love to hate: Mags Bennett, Dickie Bennett, Robert Quarles, Ellstin Limehouse and Avery Markham, just to name a few. These villains are expertly played by some very fine actors. Then there is Dewey Crowe, played by the underrated Damon Herriman. If you watch any interview of this awesome Australian actor, you will understand the brilliance of his performance as Dewey Crowe.
The character I will miss the most, however, is Boyd Crowder played by the luminous Walton Goggins. He is the yin to Raylan’s yang. Ironically, Boyd was supposed to die in the first episode; but, after the producers witnessed Mr. Goggins’ electric performance, they let the character live. To say that was a wise decision is an understatement. The best scenes in the entire series involve Raylan and Boyd squaring off. Boyd possess a verbal swagger that will make you love him, despite his criminal acts. Mr. Goggins’ portrayal is, in one word, genius.
I wish I had time to discuss all of the supporting cast or guest appearances. Suffice it to say that each dazzles in his or her character portrayal.
Justified is one of the best dramas I have ever watched - better than, I daresay, The Sopranos. The storylines and timeless themes were explored deftly, but still managed to make you laugh at the absurdity of it all. I will never listen to “Love Train” by the O’Jays (Season 4) or Pachelbel’s Canon the same way again (Season 6). BRAVO!
Many of the situations that the motley hodge podge of crooks, drug dealers, gang bangers, and flawed villains find themselves in are hysterically funny for someone who appreciates such things. The common thread of Elmore Leonard's books is apparent here, and the acting combined with the situational drama, is first class. Scum is as scum does for the most part, but later we start to see the rise of Raylan's nemesis, Boyd Crowder. Boyd has several sympathetic traits and this adds to the back and forth play between the two men. Raylan kills for justice and Boyd kills for business, for the most part, but the two are locked into a circling gyre of mayhem that is centered on some modicum of mutual respect for their past days as young coal miners.
The development of the themes, the criminals themselves, and Raylan's wild west sheriff approach to justice are mesmerizing. There is an element in all this that awakens one's childhood sense of being the sheriff, being the good guy in a white hat, come to take out the bad elements. And the best part about this series is that the bad elements really are bad. They are desperate, sick, psychotic people with few redeeming qualities. It is made abundantly clear that Raylan doesn't care at all that you deal drugs or do small con jobs or that you run rackets. Raylan wants the murderers, the big or little fish that actually do physical harm to others. Raylan makes it known that he too, does not play by the rules they are accustomed to with law enforcers. And he makes it stick. This is a wonderful series.
The only season that mildly bored me was season 4. The conclusion of the final series was also a bit unimaginative. But otherwise I give the whole series five stars. You can binge watch this and find yourself swiftly addicted to its nexus of justice vs. lawlessness. The comic elements of the moral detritus of the lawless is just icing on the cake.