Sunday, May 29, 2011

Weekend TV: Justified 2.12

Raylan continues to walk the line between light and dark after Helen's murder. Everyone's after Dickie, either to kill him or protect him, but Raylan's not the kind for losing...

This episode seems like it could have actually been the season finale, but I guess they're going to wrap things up as neatly as they did last season. Either way, I'm excited for whatever new episodes I can get in the future. This following clip just about sums up what JUSTIFIED is about, that no matter where they are now, these characters all came from violence, and they are steeped in it even now...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weekend TV: Life 2.18

Crews gets a new partner in the form of the lovely Gabrielle Union, and they investigate the death of a woman who spent years writing to a convict in prison. But she may have not been the only one.

In this episode, Charlie's past as a convict is a tool he uses to understand the mentality of some of the suspects, as they are ex-cons. But his past seems to no longer affect him as deeply as it did in the opening episodes. It is a part of his past, but not a part of his present.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekend TV: Justified 2.11

After the failed hit on Raylan, he and Winona are under Marshall protection, but that won't stop Raylan from figuring out who was behind it. Meanwhile, the struggle for Harlan's criminal ownership heats up between Boyd and Dickie, resulting in a tragic loss.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weekend TV: Life 2.17

Crews and Bobby investigate the murder of a decorated soldier on the LA beachfront. There isn't much in the way of noir in this episode, as the over-arching mythology in this episode is focused on the conspiracy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weekend TV, Weekday Edition: Justified 2.10

The seeds are being sown (so to speak) for the season finale. In the wake of Coover's death and the Black Pike deal, Mags is giving up her business, much to Dickie's disgust. Meanwhile, Boyd makes his move on Harlan County and Raylan and Winona make plans for the future.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Delayed Justification, Part Deux

This time I'm north of Toronto, on Lake Simcoe, but I will post about 2.10 when I see it. I promise!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekend TV: Life 2.16

When Reese starts what may or may not be a special assignment with the FBI, Crews teams with Bobby for a murder that may or may not be a crime of passion.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bad TV Noir News

According to, FOX has already announced some changes to its TV lineup for the fall, ahead of the network upfronts that are due next week. Among the shows that have been cancelled are HUMAN TARGET. Less than a year old, and with two short seasons under its belt, I was bemoaning the demise of this show when a revamped version came back in November. The first season was a nice 80's adventure show throwback, with a Chandler-inspired "man of mystery" at its heart. Also cancelled, with two episodes yet to air, is THE CHICAGO CODE. While not a noir, this show was developed by Shawn Ryan, the man behind the best TV noir of all time, THE SHIELD. I'll watch whatever Shawn does, including his producing efforts on the criminally under-seen TERRIERS. CODE had started to find its stride, emphasizing the duality of the undercover work in the series, so it's sad to see it go. It's very possible I may not pick up any new (non FX) shows this year. I find it may be easier to go back and watch them on DVD...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Weekend TV: Justified 2.9

All interested parties show up at Mags' "whoop-de-doo": the coal company, the Bennetts, Boyd and Ava, and Raylan Givens. What goes down from there sets up the rest of the season, as allegiances shift, power changes hands and someone has to fall...

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Weekend TV: Life 2.15

Crews and Reese investigate a shady roofer's murder.

There's nothing really transgressive about Charlie's actions this episode, unless you count commandeering Mickey Rayborn's car temporarily. But Rayborn does disappear later and Crews appears to be the scapegoat, setting up another situation where he has been accused for something he hasn't done...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Weekend TV, Weekday Edition: Justified 2.8

Raylan is assigned protection duty of a coal mine representative amidst suspicions that Art knows about Winona's deception. Meanwhile, Boyd is hired as a gun thug for the coal company and starts to question the Bennetts' motives in terms of protecting the two counties.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Delayed Justification

As you read this, I am in California at the TCM Classic Film Festival. I have not yet watched the latest episode of JUSTIFIED on, but will get it to you as soon as I can. But be patient. I understand jetlag's a bitch.