Justified: Fate's Right Hand
January 21, 2015 8:45 AM - Season 6, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Justified returns for its 6th, and final, season. In the opener, Boyd plans a career change, the Feds make plans for Boyd, Dewey admires a photo, and Raylan is being Raylan, but even more so. Also, we get a hint of the season's secondary baddie.
posted by Thorzdad (16 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Last Days of Dewey Crowe. He's not quite Teflon.

I thought it was a good episode. A number of callbacks to season one, both overt (Raylan's discussion with Ava) and thematic (Boyd robbing banks, killing dimwitted accomplices because he doesn't trust them, Raylan hassling Dewey, even throwing in abuse with a steering wheel for old times' sakes). Art is back and recovering and telling us about what Raylan's options really are. I felt like that scene was a good indication of how Raylan's changed. In the first season, he was rather clearly on the side of the angels, even procedurally. Now, it's clear he'd rather just drill Boyd and be done with it. The only thing holding Raylan back is that he's got a kid that he doesn't want to know through the bars of a prison cell.
posted by aureliobuendia at 8:56 AM on January 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


I'm surprised Garret Dillahunt had not been on this show already. He seems like the type of character actor who will fit in well. Trying to buy Raylan's house with stolen money must be a message from somebody. I'm hoping that plot line works without distracting from the Raylan, Boyd and Ava wrap up.
posted by Gary at 9:09 AM on January 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm hoping that plot line works without distracting from the Raylan, Boyd and Ava wrap up.

I wouldn't be surprised if that plotline doesn't somehow make strange bedfellows of Boyd and Raylan and Ava. The enemy of my enemy, and all that.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:47 AM on January 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


So much for that Dewey Crowe spin-off I was hoping for. At least he left this world with both kidneys.

.

I thought it was a good episode, and it looks like they have a decent road map for the season and wrapping up the series. I just hope they don't make us wait too long for Raylan and Boyd to get into it.

In the first season, he was rather clearly on the side of the angels, even procedurally.

Is it just me, or is a US Marshall casually ambushing, assaulting and kidnapping a Mexican Federale/citizen and taking him out of the country in the trunk of his car kind of extreme?

Trying to buy Raylan's house with stolen money must be a message from somebody.

This is a stretch, but did they ever recover the money and/or coke from Arlo? Maybe some dumb crook got a line on it but didn't think they'd be dealing with Raylan?
posted by Room 641-A at 10:52 AM on January 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


Oh, and this was interesting:

Justified’s Erica Tazel on Being a Woman of Color in a Cowboy World

posted by Room 641-A at 10:53 AM on January 21, 2015 [6 favorites]


"Is it just me, or is a US Marshall casually ambushing, assaulting and kidnapping a Mexican Federale/citizen and taking him out of the country in the trunk of his car kind of extreme?"

That scene bothered me in numerous respects but with the addition of Raylan saying that the cop is in jail in Laredo had me going WTF. I can see Raylan getting away with what he did in Mexico, especially if the cop thinks that going up the chain to make an international incident of it would mean that his own actions would get attention from Mexico City -- but I can't see any way that it makes sense that the guy would be locked up in the US, even temporarily.

I do think all of it was intended to signal that Raylan doesn't really care anymore in general and his only real motivation (other than his family) is to finally take Boyd down.

I totally expected Boyd to kill Dewey, what with Dewey saying that he wanted to talk about what happened in Mexico. Even though he wasn't wired, everything about him was suspicious. However, Boyd's coldness after he killed Dewey was intended to make us really fear for Ava -- which I had some difficulty doing up to that point.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:15 AM on January 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


That kidnapping of the Federale was what I meant by "even more so". In the first three or so seasons, Raylan was played as more-or-less the American white-hat archetype. Willing to walk up to the line...maybe put a toe over it once in awhile...for law-and-order. And, he always won in the end.

The last season or two, though, he's become far more willing to just ignore the law completely, or, at the very least, stretch it until it's gossamer thin. He's sort-of turned to the dark side in a way, but I'm not sure he recognizes how big of an asshole-with-a-badge he's become.

This makes me wonder how the series is going to wrap-up. The Federale incident seems almost purposefully written-in to frame Raylan as now being out of control and indifferent to the law. The same goes for his willfully ignoring the 1000-foot rule with Dewey. I would hate to see the series end with Raylan dead or behind bars, but it seems like we're being led in the direction of seeing him as a bad man. Or, maybe, less of a good man.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:46 AM on January 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


Even though I knew Dewey was going to die, I was waiting for it, I was surprised when it happened. And that is the way it always is when you like them. In real life, you want the dumb redneck dead already.

Where will you go now, turtledog?
posted by provoliminal at 12:35 PM on January 21, 2015


In real life, you want the dumb redneck dead already.

I dunno. Dewey was great comic relief. Sometimes, I actually felt sorry for the little guy. All he wanted was to be seen as an important man, and everyone just kept kicking him around. He really was a sort of "redneck everyman". I honestly didn't expect him to die so soon and so suddenly. Does that say there's nothing funny about this season?

On another topic...Did anyone else think the Boyd/beefcake scenes were kind of weird? And, didn't he used to have more nazi ink other than the swastika on his shoulder?
posted by Thorzdad at 2:00 PM on January 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


He was adorably charming on tv. If you only deal with this type of person on tv, it's probably a delightful novelty. Following you into a public bathroom, not so much.
posted by provoliminal at 2:15 PM on January 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


Not to go all Pepsi Blue, but I chuckled at "Sponsored by Audi: challenge all givens."

This episode made me cringe a lot (it's not gonna end well) but it reminded me that Tim is underused.
posted by Monochrome at 7:41 PM on January 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


but I can't see any way that it makes sense that the guy would be locked up in the US, even temporarily.


I knew I was forgetting something. Yes, that's a huge point.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:26 PM on January 21, 2015


R.I.P. Dewey Crowe! Damon Herriman is one talented actor, and I will miss watching him perform here on the regular.

Recently I somehow found myself watching an Australian made-for-TV miniseries about INXS (Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS), and lo and behold, there's not-Dewey Crowe as the band's Australian manager. Well played, Damon Herriman! You do American redneck shockingly well and I'd love to see you put your considerable range to work on something like Walking Dead.
posted by hush at 4:11 AM on January 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


Art warns Raylan that you don't always come out on top. I'm starting to like Raylan less with each episode, and I think it would be a gutsy move to have him get shot at the end, but on the other hand I hope they don't try to make things too dark and have Raylan fall apart like a weak, partial imitation of Bryan Cranston or something.

I am a little lost about suitcase guy wanting to buy the house. Could someone walk me through that? Caveat: I was really tired and may have dozed off for thirty seconds.
posted by craniac at 8:08 AM on January 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


I am a little lost about suitcase guy wanting to buy the house. Could someone walk me through that?

I think the suitcase guy was sort of the tip of the iceberg for whatever secondary storyline is going to roll through the season. He showed up parked by a field on Raylan's family land, and offered to buy the house, sight unseen, for a suitcase full of obviously improperly-gained cash.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:01 PM on January 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thoughts about the house scene from Alan Sepinwall:
* No Sam Elliott yet, but Garret Dillahunt makes his first appearance as the mysterious Ty Walker, reuniting with his old "Deadwood" nemesis Timothy Olyphant. Given Graham Yost's love of that show, I wonder if it's an intentional homage that he's introduced trying to buy up land around Harlan, given that Dillahunt's second and more memorable "Deadwood" character spent much of the second season arranging the purchase of all of the camp's gold claims.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:58 AM on January 23, 2015 [3 favorites]


« Older Pretty Little Liars: Over a Ba...   |  Breaking Bad: Gliding Over All... Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments