Top 25 TV Shows of 2011
02 - Justified
The truth is…I don’t know if you can trust Boyd to have your back, but…well he has tried to kill me, and I have shot him, and imprisoned him. I wouldn’t be surprised if our paths again crossed in such a manner. He has had my back on two occasions. Once was the last day I was in the mine, and the other not so long ago.
Is there a show that is better at portraying the so called bad guys as well as Justified does? The series draws us into the low life of Harlan county so incredibly well that even though the majority of them can be nasty pieces of work you can’t help but want to spend time with them.
Mags Bennett is one of the most terrifying characters on screen this year and yet I would genuinely love to hang out with her (just staying well away from her infamous apple pie moonshine) because she is so damn fascinating. Her need for a new beginning, for a second chance with Loretta is so compelling and heartbreaking, she made tough (often unwise decisions) for her family and for while there she came out top until everything crumbled away.
Then we have Dickie Bennett with his constant mistakes and fatal fuck ups but the things he does are motivated both out of revenge and bitterness towards Raylan and a deep desperate need to prove himself to his family and especially his mother.
The incredible journey of Boyd Crowder continued in this season, nothing makes me happier than wondering what he will do next, his storyline took some surprising twists especially in regards with Ava and it all worked so well.
I love the continued connection with Raylan, even when they are on opposite sides of the law their lives keep on interweaving with each other, that old bond from their youth still there even if they try to deny it.
The overall quality of the show is marvellous, the dialogue, the performances, the direction but also I love the black comedy that pops up now and again it is a lot like earlier season of Breaking Bad in that respect.
The three feuding families of the Givens, Bennetts and Crowders show us not only the complexities of family and loyalty but also the wider sense of community Harlan has.
Roll on S3.