April 2, 2014

Episode Review: JUSTIFIED, "Starvation"

You got to give it to Justified because it can really make things interesting during the final stretch. While I didn't love everything about "Starvation," I have to admit that it successfully built off of the tension that was created last week and got me excited for next week's finale.

Everyone was gunning for Daryl Crowe, Jr. Raylan wanted to put him away for shooting Art and letting Kendall take the fall, the Mexicans wanted him for what he pulled south of the border, Boyd wanted him to save his own ass (so much so that he was willing to work with the feds for a blank slate), but he was able to slither his way out of danger once again by throwing his kin under the bus. Unfortunately for the Crowes, Raylan had a card up his sleeve that could change everything: Kendall being tried as an adult.

Oh, and we got some nonsense about Dewey trying to get out of Kentucky and Ava's time as a drug kingpin hitting a major speed bump thanks to the white supremacist's sister.

I know that I've said it before, but I don't mind repeating myself: Justified's exponentially better when Raylan and Boyd are in the same room, and the latter's best material comes from him antagonizing the former. I could watch Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins trade words all day long because they're that good when they're together. And on top of that, we got a pretty badass Wynn Duffy scene to kick the episode off. Superb acting all around.

Heck, I even have to give Michael Rappaport some credit for finally turning Daryl Crowe into a somewhat worthy adversary for the boys from Harlan. I don't think he'll ever be at the Mags Bennett level of Justified Big Bads, but he took a fairly weak character and was able to make him vile enough that I cannot wait to see him get what's coming to him.

It's just a shame that we had to waste time on Dewey and Ava.

So, with one episode left Justified's been able to turn a somewhat lackluster season into something worth watching. Let's just hope the show can stick the landing next week.


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