Season 2 of Justified kicks off exactly where season 1 ended, with Raylan, Boyd and Ava fighting for their lives against assorted Miami and local "gun-thugs". The season proceeds with the two inter-related stories of Boyd trying to go straight, and Raylan reviving an old feud with the Bennett family, most notably their terrifying matriarch, Mags, who runs a variety of criminal activity, including the weed business, in Harlan County.
As with the first series this one is marked by a strong character driven narrative, spiced with sharp moments of violence. The script is often extremely funny and always highly literate. The dialogue could almost be Appalachian Sheridan or Shaw, though it probably more truly echoes a 19th Century American language, little changed since the Civil War. Raylan is very much a 19th Century figure: As his boss Art tells him, he is a lousy marshall, but a good lawman, guided more by a personal sense of honour than codified law. In this regard he is more like his old friend Boyd than he might care to admit.
In describing things one often seeks comparisons. However I can't think of anything else like this on television; perhaps if one could conceive of the movie Winter's Bone with jokes? It is out of the ordinary and brilliant.
31 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?