A few friends of mine became aware of just how much time is spent on the "bad guys" throughout the show because of this episode. Yes, it does, and that's one of the reasons it stands above the rest of the crime dramas on TV right now. Justified shows their criminals as people, some more evil than others, and gives them the deserved air-time to portray that. What would stink is if they had the ambition to do that and then didn't give themselves enough time each episode. The show would probably sour for a few people.
What amazes me most is how much work is put into these characters, and yet three of the best criminal characters on television right now were shot and killed: Curtis, Travis Travers and now Roland Pike (Alan Ruck). Each was given so much depth, too. Curtis had his Detroit accent and love of gardening. Travers' charm was that sly-but-stupid attitude. I liked Pike's genuine care for other people and self-torment. I would have loved to see each of those expanded upon; to see Curtis pondering vaguely existential thoughts while trimming a garden or Travers' smart thinking land him on his bottom in a few different ways. They're so rich and unused! C'mon, work with me here!
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