'Justified' 2.01 'The Moonshine War' Advance Review

Three weeks from today, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens returns to our TV screens, and he is as awesome as ever. Season two of FX's Justified reminds me why the series becomes the only thing in the world to me when it's on.  My house could catch fire and I wouldn't notice. It's just that good.

"The Moonshine War" picks up almost immediately following the events of the first-season finale, "Bulletville," and those events are still very relevant. The first part of the episode deals with the consequences of not simply that episode, but all the bodies that fell and actions that were taken leading up to that point. Raylan not only has to deal with his unfinished business in Miami, but is also held to answer for his actions - a much appreciated touch of realism in a show that never takes too much dramatic license. Too many other shows would either skip over all that, or only use it when it was convenient as a plot device, but Justified doesn't flinch from everything that comes as a result of the story it told last season. Not only that, but even the most mundane parts are dusted with the show's trademark humor, making that part of the episode not simply appropriate, but entertaining as well. Read More...



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