Justified Season Four (DVD) Review
US Marshal Rayland Givens has to find a fugitive that’s escaped capture for 30 years before the Dixie Mafia and local gangster Boyd Crowder do.
Justified is set in Harlan County, Kentucky. Where nothing seems to happen but deals over deals to run the heroin trade, control the local sheriffs department and selling the locals their wanted vices.
There are a number of key players in Justified starting with US Marshal Rayland Givens (Timothy Olyphant), an iconic hat with an itchy trigger finger always ready to dispense justice. Then his main rival and old friend Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), a local boy that’s come up through the ranks to lead his family controlling the drugs in Harlen County. He owns the brothel and has all meeting in the local bar, which he also owns. Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) represents the more refined criminals that visit Harlen purely for business
That brings us to the storyline for season four. A mysterious diplomatic bag is found in the wall of Rayland’s fathers old home and quickly leads to a manhunt for a notorious criminal long assumed dead. This release is a season long race of thirteen episodes to discover the new identity Drew Thompson has been living under and where he can be found. There’s high steaks involved for those searching. Boyd Crowder will get respect and a new found business opportunity by handing him over to Wynn Duffy’s bosses boss Theo Tonin directly who Drew Thompson can act as a witness against. Where as Rayland will be able to write his own ticket and both will be able to ensure a comfortable future for their family. Add to that the local Dixie Mafia representative Wynn Duffy wanting to sure up his position and what we have are three sides all wanting the same prize.
A side storyline also takes place. Regarding the cover up of a murder from a prior season, the corrupt local sheriff, a pop-up church that threatens Boyd’s business by turning dealers into believers who won’t sell and a woman who knows more than she safely should. Watching Justified season four without seeing the prior seasons is possible but not recommended. The entire side story that becomes more the main focus at the end is all about the death of a character shown in a prior season and Wynn Duffy’s boss Tonin, another focus is never seen in season four yet has been previously. Enjoying the fourth season on it’s own is entirely possible and it makes for great viewing but in the very least catching the third season before this is strongly recommended.
DVD extras include only an ultraviolet digital copy, no making-of specials, commentary tracks or deleted scenes this time. The inside of the paper sleeve has a full episode guide detailing each episode on each disc but does include one miss print where the first episode on disc three is quoted as being on disc two. A tiny thing but worth full disclosure about.
Justified is full of action, death, destruction, mayhem, double dealing and this season represents it all to the fullest. Thirteen episodes that won’t just stand watching once but coming back to again and again once every six months or so with a fresh perspective.