I am unsure how regular this column will be but, if you were watching football this Thanksgiving on Fox, you might’ve caught the teaser trailer for season 3 of what I stand by as the best show currently on television: Justified.
The show’s basic premise is a US Marshal screws up an assignment in Miami and gets reassigned to his backwater home town in Kentucky, where he has to reckon with old girlfriends, ex-wives, high school mates turned white supremacist drug runners and a frequently imprisoned father. It is a western, pure and through, but set in current times and with more than enough sex and violence to satiate anyone’s need for that kind of smut. The show is paced well, shot beautifully and has a great blend of single episode procedural style stories and season long arcs.
With the third season set to air, Timothy Olyphant has settled into his role as Marshal Raylan Givens with an ease and edge that skews how many actors can get complacent in roles when they become too familiar. Before his turn on Justified, Olyphant played the soft spoken Seth Bullock on what is generally considered the greatest modern western of all time, Deadwood. In this, he brings a much stronger and aggressively manic energy to the character. When the show starts with him shooting a man in the face, it automatically sets a precedent that the character is a wild card, and while he is a good man, how controlled he will be around evil-doers is always a surprise.
I have put one of the teaser’s below for you to check, and it is what it is: a teaser. It shows guns and hints at a potential team-up between Raylan and his on again/off again nemesis Boyd Crowder. The nature of those guys relationship is one of the many things that makes the show great. THe first time you are introduced to Boyd (played like a f*cking nut job by The Sheild‘s Walter Goggins), he blows up a church with a bazooka. Sound ridiculous and worth exploring? It should, because Justified pairs these scenes of mayhem, violence and sex together with sharp dialogue and sick character after sick character. Season 2′s villain is an old woman who runs the biggest pot growing family in the south, and she has one hell of a mean streak.
I could go on for a while about the show, but will leave you with the teaser and the knowledge that you have until January to watch two of the best seasons of television out there.
Be sure to check out the original article over at Soletron.com.