Monday, February 25, 2013

What I’m Watching: Justified

Justified: Season 4, Episodes 6 and 7 “Foot Chase” and “Money Trap” (B+)

One of the things I love most about this show is the way it subtly inserts absolutely fantastic supporting characters. Art is the best example, someone who never smiles yet makes endless foot puns while talking to Raylan at the beginning of episode six. It also features some of the best villains ever, and they’re the ones who appear in only an episode or two and go after Raylan in search of a duel. It was both awesome and terrifying to see Chris Chalk from “Homeland” back as Jody, who gave Raylan a hard time in the season’s opening episode. The first few minutes of the seventh installment were superb, showcasing Jody’s violent escape with the assistance of Kenneth, played by Michael Gladis of “Mad Men” fame, and his quick but vicious shoot-out with Sharon. I like the way that Raylan and Jody talked about hating each other, and I enjoy the fact that this show finds time for humor in between its more serious moments. Colt’s spiraling downwards as he tries to track down Ellen May, and Johnny is getting a nice showcase as he takes an interest in tracking down the man who beat his beloved Teri. Boyd made a bold and romantic move by proposing to Ava, and it was good to see him come to her defense at the fancy party, where he got an interesting work-related proposition that he’ll be able to use to his advantage. Raylan’s rapport with Jackie Nevada was rather exceptional, and she managed to be able to take care of herself pretty well without the marshal’s help. I suspect that Arlo’s story isn’t over, even if Raylan is ready to be completely done with him.

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