Monday, March 11, 2013

What I’m Watching: Justified

Justified: Season 4, Episode 9 “The Hatchet Tour” (A-)

The search for Drew Thompson could only have ended so many different ways, and the blunt reveal that it was Shelby was masterfully done, especially as uttered and confirmed by Hunter. That fact changes things considerably, particularly for Boyd and the danger he faces, since Shelby is no longer an enforcer of the law but now a threat much more potent than another former agent of the law, Hunter. Raylan taking Hunter on a joyride around Harlan was extremely interesting, highlighted by Hunter’s attempt to get hit by a truck and Raylan’s angry, violent reaction. It was good to see Constable Bob again, experiencing some trouble being taken seriously and responding with corresponding immaturity. Tim tailing Colt led to a subdued but emotional confrontation with Tim asking Colt if he killed his friend after he saved Cassie from certain death. Colt admitting his sin to Boyd after he tested him by asking specifically how he had killed Ellen May was a serious turning point, and I’m curious to see how it will affect the relationship between Boyd and Johnny. Boyd and Ava preparing to play house enabled them a terrific opportunity to take down a snooty realtor after Ava recognized the home they were looking at as the home that her mother used to clean. Ava is undergoing an important transformation, and hearing her coldly say that she should have killed Ellen May herself suggests that she’s headed down a dark road and turning more and more into a Crowder.

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