Justified Season 2, Black Death

Justified Season 2

Raylan has a real talent for shooting people and looking good at the same time.

The first season of Justified was really good. Definitely one of the best shows in an otherwise barren wasteland of TV mediocrity. While the pacing was a bit slow, there were great characters, an interesting story, and nice action sequences. The second season improves on all of those things. The relationships between the characters becomes the driving force behind the series, and it is a pleasure to watch. Most captivating of all is the interaction between Raylan and Boyd. They are simultaneously friends and enemies. The villain this season was particularly good, Mags Bennet (played flawlessly by Margo Martindale), the head of an Appalachian drug cartel really upped the ante in terms of amazing villains. The plot became more intricate than in the first season, as we simultaneously follow Mags, Boyd, a few other characters, and Raylan’s investigation of everyone. There was hardly a single thing wrong with this season. It was great TV at its best. It reminds me that there is still hope out there, that people can still put together good television if they try.

Verdict: Awesome

Black Death

A movie from 2011, this film is meant to portray 14th-century England during the Bubonic Plague. Hints are dropped that this may be a film with a supernatural bend to it. Sean Bean (who probably walks around in full armor and broad sword in real life) has been charged by the Bishop to investigate a sleepy northern village which is rumored to be untouched by plague. What we learn later is that there is a witch in the town, and he has been charged with killing her. The supernatural-medieval angle seemed kind of cool to me, but that storyline went nowhere, as it turned out that witches don’t really exist. This is certainly not the best movie I have ever seen, but by far not the worst. Some of things it does well include: casting Sean Bean, taking time to make things look realistic, attention to detail, and good performances all around. What it doesn’t do well include: very bleak, very heavy-handed directing style which becomes a burden to the movie, showing shots of rats every time someone mentions “the plague”, teasing us with one battle scene only to never have another, and killing Sean Bean. Why does this dude have to die in every movie he’s in? I actually like this guy. Just once I’d like to see one of his characters survive a movie. Or does he have some kind of death wish in real life?

Verdict: Average

12 Responses to “Justified Season 2, Black Death”

  1. July 9, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Second season of Justified might just be my favourite thanks to Margo’s Mags. You know what’s so great about Justified? There’s no defining line of who’s a villain and who’s the hero. It’s all muddy and blurry.

    Raylan and Boyd’s relationship is one of my favourite parts of the show. Boyd is one brilliant character. Possibly up there as one of my all time favourite TV characters.

    So when you making a move on season 3?

    Maybe Sean Bean’s got it in his contract that he must die in everything he’s in. His characters are not allowed to make it to the end credits.

  2. July 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I found my way here from Jaina’s blog. Completely agree with you about Justified 2. I like all three seasons so far but 2 is my favourite. The dialogue is beyond good. I just love the way they talk to each other!

    • July 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Thanks for dropping by, Rachael. It’s always nice to hear from a fellow Justified fan. It’s one of TV’s best kept secrets, and I’d like it if more people knew about it.

  3. 5 Paragraph Film Reviews
    August 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Avoided this post as me and the Mrs were crunching our way through S1 and 2 of Justified. Really, really enjoyable and entertaining TV. Like you say, characters like this are TV gold and almost every major character is so well-drawn that is just pulls you right in.

    Got S3 tee’d up and can’t wait to demolish it.

  4. March 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    There is a female villain that’s not sexy or oversexualized in Justified? Wow. You make me want to watch this series.

    • March 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Justified has a couple of sexy ladies, but they certainly aren’t oversexualized. They seem like real, three-dimensional people. The characters are what make this show great.

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