Sunday, April 11, 2010
If you’re looking for a bright spot in all the rehashed TV shows and supposedly new and exciting debuts only one stands out so far – ‘Justified’. The show is based on Elmore Leonard’s novels Pronto and Riding the Rap. Timothy Olyphant from Deadwood fame plays US Marshall Raylan Givens. He doesn’t have a sister or Mom like Brandy and Jinx from In Plain Sight. He doesn’t cry like some of the other Metro-Man characters in other cable shows. Marshall Raylan Givens is one step ahead of the bad guys. Raised by a Dad who was in trouble with the law for being both a leg breaker and a conman, Raylan doesn’t fool easy. When he orders the outlaws to surrender, you can count on them either being in handcuffs or dead within the next few seconds. The shooting will be as Raylan tells his boss in the initial episode – Justified. In one of the most recent episodes, Raylan arrives on the Mexican border trying to save a guy he wants as a witness that the mob wants dead. He calls in for backup but when he sees two mob guys warned at the beginning to leave or die Raylan adds three words to his request… and an ambulance. The mob guys end up needing a hearse instead.
I’ve already read reviews of Justified being over the top, unrealistic, blah… blah… blah. If you want real come on over to my neighborhood in Oakland where bad guys execute cops instead of the other way around. I don’t want to watch Sons of Anarchy outlaw biker gangs running drugs and weapons corrupting everything around them to the point you don’t have anyone to root for but the bad guys. The TV execs Metro-Man all the lawmen in every cop show to the point they might as well wear dresses and high heels while making all the women officers into Rambo – even the ones that are around four feet tall. Justified puts a cowboy hat and boots on a US Marshall packing a weapon he knows how to use. Oh hell yeah! :)