Justified (Season 1)

Definitely a good show, especially if you liked Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood and Walton Goggins in the Shield. It definitely has a western feel to it, not as much as Longmire, but its there.

I cheated a bit though, I watched the first few episodes when it first came out and I really liked it. However, like most things life caught up and I wasn’t able to finish the season.

Following US Marshall Raylan Givens (Elephant) as he is transferred back to his home state as a punishment due to his proclivity to shoot bad guys down. There he meets with an old friend named Boyd Crowder (Goggins) who is part of the criminal world there.

It tells about why Raylan left his small town along with his family, friends and history and how he tries to avoid dealing with it when he comes back. Combine that with him attempting to take down the Crowder clan, full of criminals, especially Boyd it makes for pretty good tv. The writing and acting are great, and it goes by quick. I sometimes wonder if 13 episode seasons aren’t the best way to do tv since it forces them to make it tight storytelling.

Pros: Great acting, writing, etc. Pretty much all of it is in the top 10% of television.

Cons: I get a little uncomfortable with how they portray people from very small towns in Kentucky. It feels a bit tropey, and I can’t tell how accurate it is. So sometimes I wince a little.

Already halfway through Season 2 because it is that good, and I hadn’t seen Season 2 before.

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