Just thought I’d lay down a few well chosens, whilst I’m waiting for season 4 of this bad boy to come around. If you ain’t clapped eyes on this show yet, I’d highly recommend playing catch-up with the first 3 seasons. They’re worth a look-see.
Justified features Timothy Olyphant as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. A modern day lawman who would actually seem more at home in the 19th Century; next to the likes of Wyatt Earp and Pat Garrett.
As you’d expect from any decent hero who totes a badge and a gun; Raylan’s an ornery son-of-a-bitch and doesn’t take kindly to those who don’t respect the law. His methods, as you’d expect, make him a target with criminals and a problem for his superiors. (And a recipe for entertainment in my book ;o)
This is a great lead role for Olyphant and his performance is reminiscent of a young Clint Eastwood (circa Coogan’s Bluff). I say Coogan’s Bluff rather than Fistfull of Dollars, as the Givens character takes the occasional beating as the series unfolds and even a stray bullet here’n’there. (Plus, like Coogan, Givens takes plenty of stick re: his choice of head-wear).
It wouldn’t surprise me if the actor or perhaps the director were tipping a hat to Mr. Eastwood. As the Givens character looks lean’n’mean and comes across best with a bit of stubble, a short fuse and the occasional line of dialog snarled through clenched teeth. (The fact that Olyphant provided the voice-over for the Spirit of the West in the animated Western Rango can’t be coincidence…can it)?
In episode 1, season 1, Givens’ law enforcement methods are made evident in the opening scene, with a controversial but “justified” shooting of a mob hit-man in Miami. Raylan gave the bum 24 hours to get outta town and counts down the remaining seconds ’til the bad guy finally goes for his gun.
Superior #1 therefore reassigns Givens (from Florida) to Lexington, Kentucky. A district incidentally that includes Harlan County, a rural mining area in the east of the state, where Raylan was born and raised. (Needless to say that Givens is none-too-thrilled to return to somewhere that he finds is best viewed thru’ a rear-view mirror).
I won’t spoil the plot by going into too much detail; save to say that there’s plenty of hillbilly bad guys (dumb/inbred or otherwise), the occasional mobster/hit-man and the obligatory love interest (or two) for Givens to contend with. Watch out for performances by Walton Goggins (as Boyd Crowder), Jeremy Davies (as Dickie Bennett) and Damon Herriman (as Dewey Crowe). Or not-as-dumb-as-he-first-appears, dumb and dumber respectively ;o)