Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Timothy Olyphant - Justified - TV Guide: Tuesday Playlist Apr 2 '13 - FX 10/9C Season Finale!

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TV GUIDE: The Tuesday Playlist: Justified, New Normal Finales; Another Look at Phil Spector

Apr 2, 2013
by Matt Roush

Too soon. We always feel that way when a season of FX's marvelously entertaining Justified comes to a close. It can't be easy sustaining that high-wire act of violent tension and wry bourbon-smooth humor, while staying true to the voice and tone of Elmore Leonard's creation of the laconic yet steely U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, but they sure make it go down easy. The fourth-season finale (Tuesday, 10/9c) is titled "Ghosts," and it's a haunted hour, all right — haunted by what-ifs, by dreams deferred and hopes crushed by the weight of bad acts and Harlan County's history of bad people — but it's also a truly badass episode when it needs to be, with fateful confrontations and crazy twists, some satisfying and others troubling.

Once again, stubborn Raylan (Timothy Olyphant enjoying his career-high role) isn't letting a little thing like suspension keep him from going after the Detroit mob that's threatening him and those nearest and dearest, like pregnant but hardly helpless Winona (Natalie Zea). As for his criminal counterpart Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins, electrifying) and his sexy moll Ava (Joelle Carter, likewise), the question is whether to run or lay to rest a literal skeleton in their metaphorical closet that continues to endanger their own happily ever after. No one ends this terrific season entirely content, because what fun would that be for next year? Justified is one of the very few reasons to ever look forward to winter...


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