Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Justified

Welcome back to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday!

When I watch certain TV shows, I can’t stop thinking about how much I enjoy their particular characters… mainly due to the relationships between the good and the evil—whatever those particular relationships might be, as they are different in each instance.  It’s very normal for someone to adore the hero of a story, but when viewers connect with the “big bad” as well, we know we have something powerful on our hands.

Like Justified

JustifiedFirst, let’s talk a little about the show.

Everyone has heard of a justified shooting, right?  Well, justified shootings are Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant) forte.  Despite being a loose cannon himself, Raylan appears quite normal when compared to his Kentucky kin.  Entangled with really BAD criminals, Harlan County relies on Raylan, as does the Marshal Service, his ex-wife, his ex-girlfriend, and his con-ex-best friend, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).

Need a reason to tune in?  Boyd Crowder is definitely one of the best antagonists on television.

Need another reason to watch?  Timothy Olyphant.  Enough said.

Now let’s talk about the characters.

First of all, all of the show’s characters are flawed—majorly flawed.

Raylan can’t stay out of trouble.  With his boss; with his ex-wife; with his ex-girlfriend; with Boyd; with the bad guys in town and those passing through; with anybody.  Raylan is always in some kind of trouble.  He chose to walk away from the dirty dealings of his daddy and join the U.S. Marshals, but that doesn’t mean he’s still not plagued with Givens trouble.  And when push really comes to shove, even though he’s a lawman, I wouldn’t put it past Raylan to do whatever is necessary to take care of the problem.  That’s one reason why we love him so much.

Then there’s Boyd.  Boyd, Boyd.  What hasn’t he done?  He has robbed banks; he has been involved with the narcotics trade; he has destroyed his competition with rocket launchers (“Fire in the Hole”); and he has led a white supremacy group.  But he’s really not all bad—promise.  He does want to be good; he believes in the Bible and he always helps his good friend (US Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens) when he comes calling.  But why do we really love Boyd?  It’s all about the hair…

How about the women?  We can’t forget about good ole Ava (Joelle Carter).  Ava, like Raylan and Boyd, calls Harlan her home.  She was married to Boyd’s brother, but she shot him with a shotgun while he was eating dinner.  He abused her, don’t worry.  Not long after first meeting Ava on-screen, she aims her shotgun at Boyd while he was eating dinner at her table—but Raylan got to his gun first, shooting Boyd in the chest.  She fell head over heels for Raylan, but that didn’t work out.  So now she and Boyd are hot and heavy.  Yes, even though she has a sordid past with both him and his family.  And they make an adorable couple.  Really.

I could keep going, talking even more about other characters, but the list would be too long.

When I think of the good guy versus the bad guy on television, I immediately think of FX’s Justified.  While Raylan is the hero of this story, the series would not be the same without his childhood friend and current foe, Boyd.  I can’t actually think of another duo on TV that is as well developed as these two characters—and this, without a doubt, is the byproduct of the wonderful writings of Elmore Leonard.

Unfortunately, the two don’t share too many on-screen scenes together, but when they do it is absolute perfection.  The dialogue is fantastic and the tension is magic, and I root just as much for Boyd as I do for Raylan.  As a matter of fact, Boyd was only a recurring character the first season; but because the audiences responded the way that they did to him, he was added to the show as a permanent character in season two.

Now in season five, I love both Raylan and Boyd as much as I did the first season, if not more.  And I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble these two find themselves in this year.

Without a doubt, Justified earns the top Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday score – the GTV rating.  Since the show takes place in Kentucky, I say forgo the bottle of fine wine you are having with your bone-in filet and steamed veggies, and open up a bottle of bourbon to enjoy as you watch characterization at its finest.

What do you think?  Do you watch Justified?  I’d love to hear from you! 

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech
Inedible TV: Exactly how it sounds…

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Tiffany’s Tele-Tuesday #1 – Part 2

As I mentioned in my first post, I am addicted to television.  So much so, I had to break down my first edition of Tele-Tuesday into two parts.  Last week, I covered the basic cable networks – ABC, CBS, the CW, FOX, and NBC.  Today, I’m going to discuss my favorite shows on cable.  Remember, these are just my favorites.  I watch far more than these shows as my DVR knows too well (I did get my recordings down to 95 this weekend – celebrate!).

And now, for the continuation of Tiffany’s Tele-Tuesday #1:

Part 2

TNT – The Closer.  TNT mostly runs their programming in the summer months starting in June.  I like this schedule because I don’t have nearly as many broadcasting conflicts.  The show focuses on Brenda Lee Johnson and the Major Case Squad as they solve L.A.’s worst crimes while her FBI-agent/husband often times provides his and the Bureau’s expertise.  In addition to the drama, each episode promises humor, and I find myself smiling at each episode’s end regardless of how gruesome their case.  You can always tell when Brenda Lee is having a bad day – she opens her desk drawer full of chocolate, now that’s relatable!  TNT always airs re-runs, if you’d like to stick your toes in.

USA – The USA Network is a lot like CBS to me –USA has some of the best programming on television.  USA splits their seasons between summer and winter when most other basic cable channels air re-runs.  I don’t miss an episode of Psych, White Collar, or Covert Affairs; and, I miss Monk desperately.  I also enjoy Fairly Legal and In Plain Sight but don’t watch as religiously and catch them when I can.  But to choose just one, I have to recommend:

Burn Notice.  Michael Westen, aka Jeffrey Donovan, is the sexiest man on TV and his ex-girlfriend/partner might just be the sexiest woman (Gabrielle Anwar).  Throw in the fabulous Sharon Gless and the scene-stealing Bruce Campbell, and you have some of the most fun TV can offer.  Burn Notice is based in Miami and is hot, hot, hot.  If you like explosions, look no further.  The show has been such a success that USA will air a prequel-movie featuring Sam Axe, Bruce Campbell’s character, April 17th.

 

One last note about USA – have you been wondering what happened to Law & Order: Criminal Intent?  USA will begin airing the final episodes starring the original Goren & Eames this May.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate USA’s effort to not just let the show dissipate into thin air like most others when given the axe.  Thank you for letting the audience members know in advance that the show is wrapping up for good.

FX – Justified.  You’ve heard of a justified shooting, right?  Well, justified shootings are Deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens’ forte.  Despite being a loose cannon himself, Raylan appears quite normal when compared to his Kentucky kin.  Entangled with really BAD criminals, Harlan County relies on Raylan as does the Marshall Service, his ex-wife, his ex-girlfriend, and his con-ex-best friend, Boyd Crowder.  Need a reason to tune in?  Boyd Crowder is definitely one of the best antagonist’s on television.  Need another reason to watch?  Timothy Olyphant.  Enough said.

A&E – The Glades.  Excommunicated from Chicago after allegedly sleeping with his boss’s wife, Jim Longworth takes his settlement money and moves to Florida to play golf.  He takes a job with the small town law enforcement, and ruffles many feathers along the way as he solves homicide cases using his unique approach and disregard for the rules.  The show ended season one with a love triangle between Jim, nurse-Callie, and her jailed husband promising sparks for Season 2.

Now look at that – I ran out of time again!  I didn’t even have a chance to discuss Showtime or HBO!  I’ll have to save those for another time…..

Before I go, remember my favorite CW show, Supernatural?  Warner Bros. is releasing a 22 episode animated series available on DVD and Blu-Ray this summer in the U.S.  I told you it was good!

 

What’s your favorite cable tv show?  Or your favorite network? I’d love to hear from you!