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8th February 2012

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Justified - Season 3, Episode 4 “The Devil You Know”

This is my first season with the show, but I have watched the first four episodes. I know, I know, I should probably have tried to start from the beginning, but to be honest this seems like a relatively simple show. Timothy Olyphant is Raylan, a Kentucky marshal, and he’s relatively tight and cordial with lots of scumbags he eventually has to either arrest or kill, like Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder, Mykelti Williamson as rival crime boss Limehouse, Jeremy Davies and others as colorful underlings and small-time operators. There’s some love interest here and there, and some simmering plot lines like a bounty hunter (or was he a fellow marshal?) who killed a criminal and took his money, but from what I’ve seen so far, each episode is pretty straightforward and focused on just a couple things at a time. In this one, Dickie (Davies) pays a couple prison guards to help him escape prison and Raylan tracks him down, while Boyd deals with a turncoat underling, while a new crime boss is recruiting talent. Nothing very complicated. The fun is just in plenty of violence, good acting, and chewing on the exchanges between characters, how they size each other up, threaten, coerce, test. The highlight of this one was probably Raylan running over a would-be shooter, and then backing over him when he got back up with his gun again. The way the underling thinks he’s got the upper hand only to realize he’s sealed his doom was executed perfectly well, but never a surprise. Also, not a lot of jeopardy for Raylan or any of the other major characters, and man does everyone kill without much concern about someone hearing, DNA left behind or anything else. Good show, just let’s not confuse the writers with Davids Milch or Simon, okay?

Tagged: tv reviewsjustifiedTimothy Olyphantwalton gogginsjeremy davies