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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bluegrass Shakespearean War of the Roses... with jokes!
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Season 3 of Justified picks up where season 2 left off with Raylan recovering from a gunshot wound after the shoot-out at the Bennett homestead. The power vacuum which that has left amongst the Harlan County criminal fraternity becomes the principle dynamo for this season of Justified. Into this comes an unsettling arrival from Detroit,...
Published on 6 July 2012 by Aidan J. McQuade

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3.0 out of 5 stars Season Three - Slow Burn
As you can see Amazon have mixed up all 'Justified's reviews. This is for season 3.

Season 2 set a very high bar, not just for 'Justified' but for television in general. US Marshal Raylan Givens found himself up against a family even tougher than season 1's Crowders in the shape of the holler dwellin', moonshine swiggin' drug running Bennets. As the truly...
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bluegrass Shakespearean War of the Roses... with jokes!, 6 July 2012
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Aidan J. McQuade (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Justified - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
SEASON 2 SPOILERS BELOW!

Season 3 of Justified picks up where season 2 left off with Raylan recovering from a gunshot wound after the shoot-out at the Bennett homestead. The power vacuum which that has left amongst the Harlan County criminal fraternity becomes the principle dynamo for this season of Justified. Into this comes an unsettling arrival from Detroit, Bobby Quarles (Neal McDonagh), with new plans for the Oxy trade. The series also introduces the sinister figure of Ellstin Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson), a pig farmer and an underworld banker, the latter role which puts him in a pivotal position in Harlan county crime circles. Amidst all of this Raylan and Boyd continue their semi-amiable but lethal feud, united now also in comparable ill-intent towards Dickie Bennett.

Unfortunately even two memorable villians played by actors as fine as McDonagh and Williamson don't quite fill the absence of Margo Martindale's terrifying Mags Bennett from season 2. Still the whole ensemble does its best and produces another fine series of one of the best tv programmes currently in production in the English speaking world. It remains funny, violent, occassionally shocking and intensely literate television. It is masterful work.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Season Three - Slow Burn, 1 Jan. 2013
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Amazon Customer "Boo62" (Ilkeston Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Justified - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
As you can see Amazon have mixed up all 'Justified's reviews. This is for season 3.

Season 2 set a very high bar, not just for 'Justified' but for television in general. US Marshal Raylan Givens found himself up against a family even tougher than season 1's Crowders in the shape of the holler dwellin', moonshine swiggin' drug running Bennets. As the truly terrifying matriarch Mags Bennet Margo Martindale gave a powerhouse performance that overshadowed all else and that elevated an enjoyable series into a great one.

Her demise meant that season three needed something pretty special to even begin to come close. Did it manage it? Well in truth no. A new family was introduced with Mykelti Williamson showing a nice line in menace as the leader of a group of misfits fighting their corner. Ellstin Limehouse, a pig farmer with a neat collection of blades of all sorts and an assorted collection of supporters, was a nice addition but it just felt that the menace he presented was held in check throughout until in the end his toothy grin and thousand yard stare wasn't enough to produce the same level of fear as the mere smile of the monstrous Mags.

Not so though for Neal McDonough as the increasingly unhinged Robert Quarles. A mob employee trying to buy his way back into his boss' favour after an earlier 'misdemeanour'. By the time we find out just what that misdemeanour was we are all to aware that Quarles is as mad as a sack of hungry squirrels.
McDonough, (Having done sterling work in Desperate housewives & band of brothers) does a nice line in snappy suit wearing, mad blue eyed fruitcakes but as this series advances his character descends into the realms of cartoon madness and threatens to undermine everything around him. Although he does get a real laugh out loud moment with a piggy bank joke.

If you've read Elmore Leonards 'Raylan' then you'll recognise a lot of the plots from that work have found their way here. In truth they've been altered quite a bit and rather than being allowed to spread out and expand have often been squeezed into a single episode and feel somewhat rushed.

Timothy Olyphant is now the executive producer. He underplays his character just a little too much this time around, he's looking older and has lost some of that edge he had in the previous two series.
Elmore Leonard is still heavily in with the writing team but his usual sharpness is often missing here too.

The one person who maintains his quality from series 1 & 2 is the truly superb Walton Goggins. Boyd Crowder remains a fascinating enigma and all but impossible not to like. Goggins steals every scene he's in and expresses emotion of every sort throughout.

The plots here are pretty thin and it seems some effort has been made to focus more on relationships & character but they had both been achieved previously without the need for sacrificing a good story and especially pace which has been near disastrously abandoned. There are times when this can drag.

Too much filler and waffle alongside weak plots, unbelievable or underused characters and an all too quiet Raylan mean that this is easily the weakest of the three series so far.

So don't bother? Not quite. A weak Justified still beats 90 per cent of whatever else TV has to offer and this still throws up some class moments. None more so than the final 30 seconds. What's been said sinks in on the face of Raylans pregnant girlfriend Wynona at the same time as it does upon the viewer. The look of shock and sadness on her face is the same as will be upon yours. A terrible truth is spoken that makes that the finest 30 seconds that TV has seen in some considerable time.

While we await season fours direction this will have to do. There are enough moments to make this worthwhile but if your a fan then you don't need me to convince you.
If you're not then please don't start here. Go to season 1 and see what all the fuss was about then relish the excellent second series.

It would seem that season four returns to the hollows of Harlan County with Boyd finding god once more and Raylans dad Arlo creating real mischief so here's hoping the plotline returns to its bluegrass roots and leaves the city folks behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant!, 29 Oct. 2014
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S. Broadbent "cyberspaceexpress" (Devon) - See all my reviews
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Timothy Olyphant is the charismatic Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshal with a penchant for shooting bad guys.
With a fast gun, no fear, and a quick wit he deals with the "Dixie" mafia in Kentucky and habitual criminal Boyd Crowder, played by the superb Walton Goggins.
Nick Searcy plays Art Mullins his exasperated boss who has to clean up after Raylan while wearing a world weary look.
The show has themes and story lines which run through the whole series as well as individual plots.
It is brilliantly written and based on a character and books by Elmore Leonard.
Justified gets progressively better as the series develops, and in my opinion seasons 3 and 4 are the best.
This show is right up there with the very best, although be advised it is quite violent.
Magnificent entertainment.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're playing Harlan Roulette., 15 May 2012
This review is from: Justified - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
The best season yet!
Raylan is getting over a gunshot injury and is now with Winona, in the first episode we see Desmond Harrington (AKA Quinn, Dexter) he plays a Dixie Mafia bodyguard.
Boyd once again is outstanding in this season, although doesn't shine quite as brightly in previous seasons he and Ava's relationship is now strong and Ava is stepping up to the plate. Arlo is also back, his and Raylans relationship is as strained as ever.

We have some new characters Limehouse who is an associate of the Bennett clan, Mags had entrusted him with all her ill-gotten 3.2 million dollars of stashed money. Limehouse hides her money, and even after her death in accordance their deal will only let Dickie have it. quite a lot of time is devoted to trying to figure out just where Limehouse has hidden the money. Dickie is in prison and has to find a way to escape, leading to episode 5 which my favourite Justified episode to date, where somehow Dewey Crowe ends up in a race against time to collect money for a organ harvester leading to one of the best quotes ever...

We also meet new character Robert Quarles, a Dixie Mafia lieutenant who wants repayment of a loan. Quarles is a nasty piece of work with a drink and drug addiction not to mention his appetite for sadistic tendency's towards young men.

The final scene of this season is really quite sad. and having being commissioned for a 4th season it will be interesting to see how Raylan deals with his relationship with Winona and that of his father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive, 13 April 2014
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A spellbinding season that kept me up late . I just about went through the whole thing in a couple of nights and then went back to watch it all again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best US cop show for years - the "wild west" of today's America, 25 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Justified - Season 3 (DVD)
Best cop show around these days - superb dialogue (pretty close to Elmore's books - you can hear the writers' heads exploding as they try to top each other's ideas).
Great supporting characters - and fascinating motivation - why's Raylan do what he does? How did anyone find themselves where they've ended up? Just brilliant.
Can't see it helping the Kentucky tourist industry...

Very sad to hear it's 6th season will be the last - it's been terminally underrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the enjoyment of justified, 27 April 2014
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I enjoyed this as much seasons 1 and 2. it was difficult not to sit and watch it all at once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justified, 2 Jun. 2014
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Really enjoying this. Would recommend to everyone. I.will be watching one episode every evening until there is no more of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "ME AND DEAD OWLS DON'T GIVE A HOOT", 27 May 2014
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In Harlan County laconic Raylan Givens continues to enforce justice his unique way. He knows exactly what makes locals tick and gets on well with most of them, even the rogues. Any, though, who mistake his amiable words of warning for softness are in for a shock.

Last season's major death has left a power vacuum amongst the criminal fraternity. Boyd understandably is eager to fill the gap, but Limehouse, owner of a bar (and slaughterhouse!), proves a formidable contender. Enter "Carpetbagger" Robert Quarls, down from the North to show the ignorant hillybillies who really is boss....

Timothy Olyphant is perfect as the imperfect marshal, Walton Goggins so good as Boyd one longs for him to survive. (Scenes between the two remain a particular pleasure.) Neal McDononough chills as the blue eyed smiling newcomer, from the start determined no one will stand in his way.

Drenched in atmosphere, whilst graced with fine scripts and top notch performances, the series goes from strength to strength. Season 3 does not disappoint, its 13 episodes full of double-crosses, bloody despatches and a dramatic climax.

Bonuses include nine commentaries, a fascinating feature on how Limehouse's workplace was created, details of how a major stunt was staged. Be advised the interesting Disc 1 extra about the new season contains spoilers - it perhaps better saved for watching at the end of it all.

In short - stylish, classy, and great.
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