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Justified Season 5, Louie Season 3

Justified Season 5

Justified is nothing if not consistent. It consistently provides some of the best stories on TV. Once again, we journey to Harlan county, although this time with the first detour to Florida since the first episode. Raylan goes head to head with the Crowe clan. The Crowes are the dumbest, most bumbling group of redneck criminals of all time. Despite their idiocy, they manage to pose a significant threat to the good people of Harlan. Raylan does his usual shtick of talking tough and quick-drawing on bad guys. He’s a fairly straight-forward character, it’s true, but you know exactly what you’re getting with him. The person you can never be quite sure about is Boyd. Once again Boyd weaves his way in and out of the lives of the other various characters in Harlan county. This season sees him travel as far North as Detroit and as far South as Mexico on his quest to become a drug kingpin. Boyd probably kills more people this season than in any previous. Despite him being a despicable criminal, he has so much damn charisma, it’s impossible not to root for him. The biggest surprise this season was that Boyd’s relationship with Ava became the driving force behind the story. The fifth season of Justified continues full-steam ahead, bringing awesome, complex tales week after week. The best part, as always, remains the lively cast of characters.

Verdict: Awesome

 Louie Season 3

I’m not sure what sort of glowing praise I could write about this series that hasn’t already been written. Louis C.K. remains at the top of his game in the third season of the show that he writes, directs, edits, and stars. That’s a lot of heavy lifting for one person. But with near total creative control, he manages to stick to his vision resolutely. It pays off nearly every single time. Each episode is funny, insightful, and somehow tragic all at once. He experiments more with long form storytelling this season than in the previous two. He features a long arc in which Louie is recruited to shoot a pilot to show if he has the right stuff to replace David Letterman. This late night “mini-series” was by far the highlight of the season, and David Lynch was a treat as the “mentor” (if you can call him that). Louie continues to grow, continues to take risks, and continues to pay off in spades. It is one of the best comedies on TV.

Verdict: Awesome

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2 Responses to “Justified Season 5, Louie Season 3”


  1. October 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I very nearly got into Justified just before Season 2 aired. Season 1 was on Netflix, but the episodes were out of order. I’ve been meaning to get back into it though, but I’ve been meaning to do a lot of things that I just don’t. I’ve been meaning to finish watching Gankuoutsu for about 8 or 9 years now. I might get to it right after I finally beat Illusion of Gaia on the SNES.

    I’m a terrible person who never finis

  2. October 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Justified is just consistently a brilliant TV show. I don’t think I’ve come across a show, that’s had 5 seasons, where each season is as solid as each of Justified’s seasons. Of course one season might be marginally stronger than another, but none of them have been poor. Really liked Michael Rappaport in season 5. And the few little bits of change of scenery we got with the season. SOLID TV show.


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