Season 4 of Justified has been a textbook example of a crime drama done right -- there's a perfect mix of violence, sex, puns and plot twists in every single episode, to the point that we're constantly asking ourselves if that was the season finale. March 19's "Decoy" is no different, especially considering that it revolves around Raylan and the gang trying to get Drew Thompson out of Harlan alive. To pump up the episode and discuss his take on the series, Walton Goggins, Harlan's own Boyd Crowder, took a press call, where he was both ridiculously charming and dead-serious about his work. Sound familiar? Below are the highlights.
One of the most rewarding things about Justified is that this show knows how to do a kick-ass season finale. Season 1's "Bulletville" was all kinds of bloody, Season 2's "Bloody Harlan" was emotional and satisfying and Season 3's "Slaughterhouse" was all of the above. I think it's my favorite so far... but to be fair, I'm kind of emotional right now.
With only two episodes left in a highly entertaining season of Justified, I promise to stop talking about Breaking Bad. After reading your comments last week and feeling disappointed when the meth Quarles jacked wasn't blue, I realized that I have an issue about obsessing over that show. This is especially problematic when there's already a truly fantastic series right in front of me, which became increasingly clear in "Measures."
Hate Valetine's Day? If the first five minutes of "Thick as Mud" didn't get your mind off of anything other than how happy you were to not wake up in a pool of your own blood, (allegedly) without either of your kidneys, then you definitely have a stronger stomach than me. I actually had to push pause and go for a walk when we started to see life without vital organs from Dewey's perspective. And yes, I would qualify this as "getting weird."
FLASHBACK: I'm sitting in front of my TV, watching the scene in "The Devil You Know" where Dickie Bennett is a mere few seconds away from getting shot and killed by two armed idiots, and I find myself uncontrollably sobbing. My caretaker approaches me and asks what's wrong and why I'm crying, but all I can muster through my tears is: "I don't know."
While Justified always does an artful job of using of violence for the sake of story and character development, the real treat in last night's episode was not the "Shot of the Week," but rather a far less bloody element.
Justified's "Cut Ties" had a little bit more Winona than I would have liked, and barely any Ava whatsoever... but the show was kind enough to bring us badass Boyd at his best, as well as some punching action from Mullen (R.I.P. Marshal Bill Nichols), whose adventures in law-settling have become one of my favorite parts of the procedural side of this series.
Raylan is okay, everyone! He's a little sore from his gunshot wounds, but that'll probably just make him tougher in the long run. Truth be told, I feared that Justified wasn't ever going to have a villain as compelling as the late, great Mags Bennett, but then the show went ahead and introduced Neal McDonough as mobster Robert Quarles into the mix on last night's season premiere, "The Gunfighter." After watching McDonough play a total psychopath on Desperate Housewives back in the day, it's safe to say that Raylan has his work cut out for him.
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