JT, you're watching Justified, too? Cool.
Yes, I set the DVR to record every episode when I saw it was based on an Elmore Leonard story, and every episode so far has been satisfying.
Satisfying is the key word here. I have not been disappointed and have been enticed to watch more with each episode.
So far, the show hasn't been anything spectacular, but it's never missed its mark either.
I've enjoyed the guest stars playing various numb-nuts criminals that he's been after each show. And the setting in Kentucky is quite refreshing in a way - since it's not LA, Miami, New York, or Chicago.
I'm not familiar with Elmore Leonard, though I imagine I'd like becoming acquainted with his work. I just don't have the time.
I think you're selling it short, it's well above and beyond most cop shows, and is a decent western without reeking of modern ultra-"realism" and violence. Plus, it doesn't always have obvious motivations, that makes a big deal IMO, the Elmore Leonard style of characters who do or say something that's true to their character but not to the expected archetype.
The little gay dude!
I rewound that scene a couple of times and laughed my butt off. Too funny.
During last night's show, it struck me: Gibbons is like a fish out of water. He'd be more comfortable in the 1870s Tombstone or Dodge City than the 21st century. He's a different, old-fashioned type of character.
Man, that was a great episode. Each character had their own quirky logic which they they were driven by, and each got what made the most sense. Alan Ruck hasn't been this good since Ferris Bueller, and I was genuinely sorry to see his character die. This episode reminded me a lot of Get Shorty.
I missed it...now I wish I didn't read about Alan Ruck. That's what I get for clicking this thread. :(
I loved this episode! JT is right about each character being really well developed with their own personality - even the guy who gave up his car to "the Dentist."
Yeah, Raylan reminds me of a modern-day Wyatt Earp. (Actually Earp lived into the first half of the 20th century and lived in Los Angeles and San Diego).
Anyway, "Justified" is another guest-actor's showcase show that really lets stars shine playing great characture roles.