THE PLOT THUS FAR
This season, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) confronts the Crowes, a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind. Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter) as he partners with the Dixie Mafia’s Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns). Based on the late Elmore Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole, Justified was developed for television by Graham Yost.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Justified” is pretty easy to sum up for newbies. Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens comes back to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. While battling out his past with Boyd Crowder and his other associates. At the beginning of the start of the show you catch Raylan in a situation where he has illegally shot a known suspect in Miami Beach, as the Marshal Service try to justify this incident, they end up reassigning him to Kentucky. This year, Raylan is here to take down Wynn Duffy and the Dixie Mafia. In real life, the Dixie Mafia is nowhere near as organized as the former star of “Dear John” wants you to believe.
The fifth season sets up the final season very well. That being said, I felt like Boyd kept getting gimped through the season to prolong his usefulness to the plot. This season also sported more betrayals than I can remember, which might make following the plot harder for casual viewers. Jere Burns has been staging a bit of a comeback over the last few years on basic cable. I always thought that he was an amazing actor who never got the major roles he deserves. Plus, he makes for an intense villain.
The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy, commentaries, deleted scenes and a featurette as the special features. Plus, you get Blu-Ray exclusives about the production of Season 5 and you get to see The Onion’s eulogy of Elmore Leonard. The A/V Quality continues the streak with a stunning 1080p transfer. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track also holds its own. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 12/02/2014