Saturday, April 12, 2014

What I’m Watching: Justified (Season Finale)

Justified: Season 5, Episode 13 “Restitution” (B+)

Now here we have a quality season finale that also perfectly sets up a fantastic final season. In many ways, the resolution of the whole Crowe family storyline wasn’t all that exciting, mainly because its best developments happened midway through the season when Wendy wasn’t a quivering mess and Daryl was talking more than just threatening. Still, there was something satisfying about seeing Wendy thank Daryl for his confession before shooting him at rather close range twice while Raylan stood calmly by. It was definitely terrific having the entire family around for the duration of the season. It’s so intriguing to see the focus shift in the episode’s second half, as Rachel came face-to-face with Boyd after their shootout with the cartel and vowed to take him down. He really hasn’t been positioned as a bad guy recently, especially considering the more despicable nature of the people he was doing business with, and to see him now cast as the villain is interesting. Ava’s release from prison was very swift but also very crucial, and it’s clear that it came at a high price. I’m glad that her prison days are over since that wasn’t headed anywhere relevant or productive, but now the greater challenge will be for her to convince Boyd to confide in her again. This season was definitely an improvement on the show’s still-good fourth season, and I was especially thrilled to see such fantastic actors on display.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Jacob Lofland as Kendal

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