Justified “The Devil You Know” Review

Justified occupies an interesting world with years of untold history in the mix. This shrouds much of the show in mystery without the writers having to use an artifice to make the show seem mysterious or exciting. The show never has to seem those things: it is those things.

Take the conversation between Boyd and Raylan, when Raylan tells Boyd of his first encounter with Limehouse: it was when Limehouse and his father got into such a row Raylan, as a kid, had to pull his father away. He lets Boyd know that when he and Brookes went to see Limehouse earlier, he did not recollect Arlo. Raylan muses that Limehouse has probably kicked in so many white boys’ faces he’s lost count. Moments like that are why I love this show so much. Timothy Olyphant gets to deliver brilliantly written exposition in a way that isn’t at all clunky or messy, and it’s not just to show that Raylan has daddy issues and had an eventful upbringing-though it certainly tells us that. No, the exposition in Justified serves multiple purposes. Here, Rayland is both warning Boyd and getting information from him, whilst also letting the audience know that Limehouse has a reputation to be considered. Read More...



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