The Atlantic released an essay by Michael Agresta discussing why the Western film is important after 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” bombed. It made the claim that the previous Hollywood productions at the time (Cowboys & Aliens, “Jonah Hex”) misread the attractiveness and essential themes of the genre. “We have relied on Westerns to represent our contemporary politics and teach us about our history for more than a century, according to Agresta. We cannot afford to lose that mirror at this time, especially if we don’t like what we see in the reflection.” Agresta wasn’t mistaken, but the Western he was looking for was right there on television.
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In the first scene of “Justified,” a marshall called Raylan Givens (a career-high Timothy Olyphant) approaches a suspect who is on the run while rap music with a Cubano influence is blasting (Peter Greene). There is some fantastic dialogue. There is a standoff. Even though the adornments aren’t Western, the exchange’s core is, and it perfectly captures Graham Yost’s “Justified” in miniature.
Yost and his great staff conveyed a tale of American ambition and its flaws, class conflict and criminality, and the impossibility of escaping Harlan County, Kentucky, alive over the course of six outstanding seasons. It was a contemporary Western made for contemporary audiences; it was “Lonesome Dove” and “Bonanza” for the 2010s. Regardless of whether you enjoy the genre, it is a must-watch that sympathetically captures the wounded spirit of America. Here is a ranking of every season of “Justified.”
Raylan and Boyd are set up for one final confrontation in Season 5 of “Justified,” which is a protracted lead-up to Season 6. That is where it succeeds. On all other counts, it is a colossal letdown. That could seem to be a contradiction, but in the case of “Justified,” it isn’t. Every single season regular continues to carry their fair share of the screen time, and the show still looks and feels terrific. As Raylan, Timothy Olyphant continues to boil, and Joelle Carter gets to flex her acting talents as the now-incarcerated Ava.
Additionally, the show continues its trend of casting anti-type villains. It was either brilliant or insane to cast Michael Rapaport, a true New Yorker, as Daryl Crowe Jr., the season’s sugar-smuggling bad guy and ultimate Florida Man. Even though “Justified” is still excellent and engaging television, the fifth season simply isn’t the best.
The central theme of “Justified” is the influence of people’s predispositions. They wrestle with them at times. Sometimes they submit to them with startling severness. However, the best and most potent strands of “Justified” come from the clash of these propensities and their Harlan, Kentucky context. This is the Bennett family’s Season 2 tale. Without a doubt, Boyd Crowder’s tale is being told. It’s not the Crowes’ story, though.
Since the Everglades redneck family is from the state of Florida, their actions as visitors put Harlan County in order. That’s not necessarily a negative thing, but it means that the show has to put in extra effort to reveal their specific, Eastern Southern tendencies, which it eventually fails to do. Because of this, Season 5 of “Justified” is still a good criminal drama, but it ultimately falls short of what viewers have come to expect from Graham Yost’s frequently great programme. (On the plus side, I thought the 21-foot rule was hilarious.)
The first of the two wisest choices in “Justified” history is to do away with the “case of the week” narrative format. Raylan pursuing a slew of minor offenders for the US Marshals is fun and features some great guest stars (especially Alan Ruck and Jere Burns, who turned his debut appearance as Wynn Duffy into a regular role), but it lacks the serialised storytelling of later seasons. “Justified” adopted a lengthier form, and it improved. That occurs throughout its opening episode, which gradually changes its attention to Boyd Crowder and leads to the fantastic season finale “Bulletville.”
Of course, keeping Boyd Crowder alive is the first season’s second excellent choice. At the conclusion of “Fire in the Hole,” Boyd was supposed to perish. Walton Goggins accepted the part of Boyd after turning it down twice because he admired Timothy Olyphant and Graham Yost’s work (and was friends with Olyphant). Boyd’s primary driving force was revised by Goggins, and everyone involved realised they had hit gold. Season 1 of “Justified” saw the show change, practically in real time, from what it was supposed to be to a TV classic. The journey’s axis is Boyd Crowder, played by Walton Goggins. As a result, the episodes focusing on and around Harlan’s most erratic son are generally really good. The people who keep him in the background are only postponing his grandeur.
Following Season 2 is an impossible challenge for Season 3 of “Justified.” Television programmes frequently face this issue, and Graham Yost’s Western wasn’t the first to attempt to top an almost flawless, breakthrough season. It’s to their credit that they come close. A vibrant addition to Harlan, Kentucky in Season 3 is the barbecue-loving Limehouse, which is portrayed by Mykelti Williamson with hypnotic razor-edged charm. The Detroit-based Tonin Crime Family lieutenant Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough), who seeks to claim Harlan as his own and gradually devolves from a well-put-together criminal to a pill-popping crazy, almost overshadows him. McDonough has built a career on doing excellent, undervalued work, and this movie could be the pinnacle of his body of work. Additionally, reoccurring characters like Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) and Dewey Crowe (Damon Herriman) make appearances in standout episodes.
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So why isn’t this season higher up on the list? Simple: “Justified” struggles when it leaves Harlan. Throughout Season 3, the Tonin family emerges as a significant threat (and the Motor City is undoubtedly a crucial component of Raylan Givens’ mythology; the revival series “Justified: City Primeval” is based on Elmore Leonard’s book “City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit”), but the programme and its creators fall short of making it feel as vital and significant as Harlan. What may have been a vibrant expansion of the Elmore Leonard universe comes off as a blunder or an overreach. There’s no doubt that “City Primeval” will bring a change of direction, but Season 3 is still amusingly inconsistent.
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The residents of Harlan discover who they really are in Season 4 of “Justified,” which is appropriate. The third-best episode of Graham Yost’s programme centres on the relationships between the Givens and Tonin families and the identities of Drew Thompson and Waldo Truth. The core of this season’s many great stories is who Thompson and Truth are and what they can (or could have) offered. It’s intentional if some of the responses come out as unsatisfactory.
Raylan Givens has always pictured himself as a man with appropriately red, blood-stained hands. By the time “Ghosts,” the season finale, is over, it’s obvious that Raylan has come to understand exactly how far he’ll go to save a loved one and that uncertainty about his place in the legal system has seeped into his mind. Ava aspired to lead a regular life and move past the chaotic upbringing and brutal violence that made her famous. She’s in jail by the end of the season. The thirteen episodes that make up the fourth season of “Justified” contain a number of gut-wrenching revelations that are both genuine and existentially unsettling. The show is at its most eerie in this scene. But the show is also at its most hilariously wonderful through Patton Oswalt’s Constable Bob.
Another unexpected casting find for a programme that gave many in its first three seasons was Patton Oswalt. The tremendous knock-down climax of “Decoy,” in which Bob not only rescues the day but completely steals the episode’s spotlight from Raylan and Boyd, is something that I don’t think even Oswalt’s most ardent followers or “Justified” stans could have anticipated.
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This scene, which is a fan favourite, perfectly captures the spirit of the “Justified” writing room. It creates erroneous assumptions about a character and leaves just enough clues for that character to be made believable. Instead of completely changing the narrative, the turn that comes next strengthens it. No matter how endearing, gentle, or terrible they appeared to be, Elmore Leonard understood that people were capable of anything. The opposite was always a possibility and frequently just a scenario away. Constable Bob and his incredibly cool go kit from “Justified” demonstrate how the programme understands this as well.
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Martindale Margo It would be worthwhile to say more about Season 2 of “Justified,” but that is all that has been said so far. No creative person involved in Graham Yost’s show’s sophomore effort doesn’t stand up to the bat and knock it out of the park. As Raylan, Timothy Olyphant grows accustomed to the part and gives his swagger additional subtlety. Walton Goggins persuaded us that Boyd had turned his life around until his next criminal act. The supporting turns of Jeremy Davies and Brad William Henke, who have each anchored entire programmes on their own, have the same effect as lead turns.