***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!
Justified Season 1 - 5 out of 5
I've mentioned in previous posts that shows about law enforcement are a dime a dozen. In fact, I think they have a deal when a network picks up a drama about the police force, they get a medical drama for free. So, with this overload of crap drama shows about trouble officers who care too much and let the weight of the world fall on them, it takes a special type of show about law enforcement to get me hooked and stay hooked. So, what other network than FX could do this? None, that's what. They did it with The Shield and now they're bringing an another awesome law enforcement show to the air with Justified. Look, I'll be honest, FX could have a show that's nothing but a dude taking a shit in a box and they would somehow make it work. They would hire an amazing writer to give us a reason why the man would take a dump in the box. A devilishly talented actor would be hired to portray the man who took a shit in the box and he would do it with poise and talent and you know a director who could somehow make a man shitting in a box look good would be found. This network knows what works, picks it up, and gets it on our television screen every day, every week, all year long.
Justified focuses on a U.S. Marshal named Raylan Givens who is re-assigned to his home town in Kentucky after his gun-slinging ways gets him into some trouble and he starts to be investigated for all the shootings he's been involved in. While the show contains an overall story arc of Givens investigation, as well as his relationship with the criminal Boyd Crowder, the show mainly contained self-enclosed stories of Givens investigating various crimes and criminals. While I would have liked to see a larger focus on the overall story arc, the episodes are engaging and addicting enough and filled with rich characters played by great character actors that this complaint becomes completely null and void. But the greatest--most epic--part of this show is the character of Raylan Givens being played by Timothy Olyphant.
Once again Olyphant sports a cowboy hat and once again takes the reins of a law enforcement individual (he was a sheriff in both Deadwood and the remake of The Crazies) but let's face it, the guy is a fantastic actor and really can pull off the authority role. But, in typical Olyphant style, he plays the part differently than his other roles in the legal system. Givens is a mixture of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood but with a softer edge and a little more humor mixed in. He's a quick-draw artist who never misses and clearly was born in the wrong era and the way Olyphant plays him makes him both charming and bad-ass at the same time. Great stories aside, Olyphant's portrayal of Raylan Givens is one of the biggest reasons to tune in. Finally, playing alongside Olyphant is an FX alumni from The Shield; Walter Goggins. Goggins plays the antithesis to Olyphant in the form of the criminal turned prophet; Boyd Crowder. Although Goggins spends most of the beginning of the season missing (due to his character getting injured in the pilot) his return mid-season leads to an explosive end to the first season and makes me very VERY anxious to start up season 2.