In the aftermath of the deadly showdown that freed Harlan County from the Crowder family crime reign, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens must now take on even greater criminal forces looking to seize power – including hellbent nemesis Boyd Crowder and the arrival of brutal, new adversary Mags Bennett (Emmy® Winner Margo Martindale). Filled with treacherous twists at every turn… the second season of “Justified” proves “spectacularly entertaining” (TV Guide) and has established itself as a show for the ages.
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The trailers caught my attention long before the show began. Unfamiliar with Olyphant, never saw a Deadwood episode, nor any of his movies. After the first episode I became an Olyphant fan and have watched a lot of his previous work. This is the first TV series in years that I can’t wait ’til the next one comes on and I’m wishing the one that’s on wouldn’t end. That just doesn’t happen much anymore.
A buddy of my age group grew up in the sticks of mid-northern Florida before things heated up down there, then worked all over the south for most of his adult life and he is the only other person we know who is also in love with the show. He says it is very close to the way things really are in some of those “hollers” that he had to spend time in trying to sell his wares. Neither of us can believe this show hasn’t caught on more. It is really a hidden gem.
I think the essence of the show is in the second season when one of the State Patrol guys asks Raylan’s boss Art if Raylan can’t come with him to serve a warrant on some backwoods type. “You know, because you know these people”. Art looks at Raylan and says “Well ain’t you just the hillbilly whisperer?” It’s the Soprano’s and U.S. Marshalls set down in the hills of Kentucky. The crew has continued the gritty realism, strong dialogue, and continual movement of the story that characterized Elmore Leonard’s writing. I’s tough, knowing that the last episode this season is tomorrow night and we’ll have to wait almost a whole year to see another new episode – barring cancellation of course.
Update: 5-7-11. Watched last night’s season finale and enjoyed the little twists, even though I knew what would happen when Mags got Raylan to sit down to a drink of “Apple Pie”. Paraphrasing an Amazon reviewer of Elmore Leonard’s book “Pronto”, the only problem I have with the show is – it ended.