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This review is from: Justified: Season 1 (DVD)
What happens when an East Kentucky boy leaves his home with no intention of coming back becomes a Deputy US Marshall and gets himself into trouble in Florida over a questionable shooting? He gets reassigned to East Kentucky, and you have a great series-Justified.
Raylan Givens, portrayed by Timothy Olyphant, brings a touch of the Old West to Eastern Kentucky. In the pilot episode-Fire In The Hole-you wonder if this young man is trigger happy or just plain angry or both? His philosophy is-if the bad guy draws first, then the shooting is justified.
Complicating his life is his ex-wife, Winona, who is a court reporter in Lexington, the home base of the marshal service. She's married to a land developer who is hiding something-this becomes a basis of a continual story line.
An old friend, Boyd Crowder, is involved in some bad stuff. Of course, the two old mining buddies face off and this becomes a continual sort of tension, especially when Crowder gets religion in prison and is released by the US Attorney because of Givens' involvement with Crowder's sister in law, Ava Crowder, who killed Boyd's brother at the kitchen table in the pilot.
In essence this series so far in 13 episodes is about two sons and two old friends. They have father issues, and their friendship is tested beyond measure for Boyd appears to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from Raylan. Raylan is unconvinced of Boyd's religious conversion.
The two old friends confront their fathers in different ways in the season finale-Bulletville. Raylan has to trust Boyd with more than his life as the final showdown takes place in one of the most spectacular gunfights that I have seen in series television.
My favorite episode is Hatless. Bulletville is almost equal as well. For in Hatless you have Raylan facing his past and looking at himself in the mirror of yesterday. Bulletville brings the previous 12 episodes to some climatic conclusions.
The only major flaw is the location. Eastern Kentucky is a beautiful place. Shooting in Pennsylvania location scenes is not the same as Eastern Kentucky. Let's hope in Season Two they travel down to Lexington and Harlan and shoot some scenes.