Thanks to the magic of Netflix’ DVD service, I and Mrs. Photog (aka Camera Girl) have been burning through Justified at a goodly clip. We finished Season 2 last Friday and are now barreling along through Season 3 like a meth-head racing to a pawn shop with an ill-gotten Rolex. But that’s a story for another post. Right now, I’m reporting on Season 2 and I’m happy to report that it lives up to Season 1 and maybe even surpasses it too. In Season 1 we met Raylin Givens and his kin and spent the season getting to know the Crowder clan. That was fun.
In Season 2 we meet the Bennetts. The matriarch is Mags Bennett and she has three sons. One of them is the sheriff of Bennett, Kentucky. The other two help Mags run the Bennett store and their thriving weed business. It goes without saying that Raylin has history with the Bennetts and the season builds up to a climactic encounter. Along the way Ray becomes more formally involved with his ex-wife Wynona and Ava becomes Boyd’s girl. Many sub-plots involve all manner of exciting and amusing scenes. Probably the outright funniest is Ray’s boss Art trying to apprehend a geriatric outlaw trying to escape onto a private plane at the airport. Having reached a certain maturity myself I could see the humor of two old men in a foot race that neither can possibly finish. By the finish both are gasping on the ground recovering their breath for the slow stroll back to Art’s waiting car.
Just as an aside, a recurring role, Loretta, is played by 14 year old Kaitlyn Dever, who played youngest daughter Eve to Tim Allen on “Last Man Standing,” another show that I enjoyed until its recent untimely cancellation by social justice network jerks.
Justified is fast becoming my favorite series of all time. And that is saying something. I’ll always have a soft spot for Firefly but if Justified can continue to be as good as it’s been for another season or so I don’t rightly see how I can deny it a place of preference if for no other reason than more hours of enjoyment. It’s really a show that does not disappoint. I know I’m beginning to sound like a paid shill for the network that produced the show but I must say I highly recommend it to anyone who likes crime drama with a heapin’ helpin’ of humor thrown in on top.
Stay tuned for Season 3. It’s already looking very good.