Saturday, February 09, 2019

Sounds about right …

… The Underappreciated Genius of 'Justified' | CrimeReads. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Justified explores the decline of mining and the rise of criminal activities in its place. Harlan has long had a reputation for lawlessness, and though Raylan is less than thrilled to return to his roots, he takes cleaning up Harlan very seriously. Justified is based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, and it retains some of the best aspects of Leonard’s crime writing: vivid storytelling, likable and sympathetic characters, and, most distinctively, a dry and pronounced sense of humor that permeates even the show’s considerable violence. It’s a show in which a criminal talks endlessly about “the twenty foot rule,” wherein it’s easier to kill a man with a knife than a gun within that distance, only to find that character running with his knife toward Raylan, tripping, and stabbing himself.

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