Friday, March 21, 2014

What I’m Watching: Justified

Justified: Season 5, Episode 10 “Weight” (B+)

There’s something incredible about this show’s depiction of criminals. Last week, a simple thug went out quoting Shakespeare, and in this installment, the temperamental Danny tried to replay his 21-foot trick, something Raylan didn’t buy, then ran at him with a knife, only to fall in a ditch and stab himself in the neck. Raylan’s reaction to the whole thing made it even more bizarrely fantastic. It’s becoming ever clearer that Danny was not the most fearsome Crowe, a dishonor that belongs to his brother Daryl, who remains smart yet still lets his anger get the best of him. Smacking his sister around isn’t something that’s likely to go unpunished, but sharing a blood pact with his nephew might create a confusing alliance. I like that Kendal ran to Allison’s, though I, like Raylan, am concerned about her well-being now. As expected, Dewey tried to make the most of his situation and didn’t end up quite getting what he wanted. Fortunately, his escapades resulted in the return of one of this show’s most fabulous characters, Dickie Bennett, portrayed by Emmy winner Jeremy Davies, whose description of how Raylan could follow the map of Kentucky was one for the books. Ava is really letting prison change her, cutting Boyd off and taking out her number one competition in prison, partially out of cunning plotting and partly out of necessitated self-defense. On the guest star front this week was Mary Steenburgen, a big get whose relationship with Wynn is extremely intriguing. I expect we’ll see a lot more of her in the season’s final three episodes.

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