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Justified “Restitution” Review (5×13)

9 Apr

Justified - Episode 5.13 - Restitution (2)

“You’ll never leave Harlan alive.”

With that, so ends the penultimate season of Justified. It’s been a shaky one, but at the end of it all, it served its purpose as a set-up to what should be an explosive final season. “Restitution”, like the rest of the current season, is not without its bumps, but it’s a satisfying way to close off various storylines and introduce intriguing new ones.

The interesting thing about these “intriguing new storylines” is that the central ideas behind it all are very similar to those of season one. You have Raylan on one side, Boyd on the other, and Ava in the middle. Yet, season five has shown us the necessity of this situation, the logical progression and constant chipping away at the world they’ve built for themselves. No longer is Ava a pawn or an object to be fought over; yes, her prison storyline has dragged, but she’s come out changed. No longer is Boyd Crowder on top of the food chain; this is illustrated nicely in a scene in which he tries to weasel his way out of a situation that costs Jimmy his life and nearly costs Boyd his. He seems to truly believe his own BS, a desperate man who’s moving further and further away from the very essence of Boyd Crowder. This man’s lost his woman, his drug business, and part of his magic, and everyone’s out gunning for him; so, understandably, he jumps at the idea of returning to his roots: bank-robbing.

Raylan, too, is returning to that conflict with Boyd that drove him in the first place. He seems ready to settle down and see his wife–we see something similar with Boyd and Ava, albeit the circumstances are anything but–but not before having one last crack at Mr. Crowder. He’s a guy who recognizes just how dangerous Boyd is, but he also seems to underestimate the effectiveness of the manners by which he conducts his business. So far, he’s been able to get by through wielding the badge, but what happens when Ava Crowder becomes your badge? What happens when Ava Crowder’s now an even more fiercely independent, more hardened woman? Can you place a badge on human life, manipulation, and punishment? That’s the question we’ve been dealing with in regards to Raylan’s Augustine involvement all season.

Of course, in order to get to this point, Raylan has to rid himself of the Crowes, and he has to prepare himself for a possible backlash from his actions with Kendal. The problem is, as stated above, that he hasn’t prepared, and I would’ve definitely liked to see a different angle on this idea, rather than having Raylan’s plan work out perfectly. Yet, the Crowes seem to merely be flies annoyingly popping in every few minutes, and I do like the idea that their family’s implosion is the result of them and them only. Daryl’s death is befitting the character, and Rapaport and Witt put a nice bow on their arcs in their final scene together.

If you think about it, Raylan’s never actually faced off against a Crowe. He has a tendency to dance around certain situations and stand at a distance, whether it be saving Boyd in this episode or swallowing what he wants to say to Art or his final line to Daryl. Once again, that badge has allowed him to form genuine relationships that benefit him, but at a certain point, things will come to a head.

How else could it end, really? Boyd vs. Raylan, The Final Season. Someone definitely isn’t leaving Harlan alive.

GRADE: B+

SEASON GRADE: B+

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-The sequence in which Rachel and Tim face off against Alberto and his goons (one of them the cousins from Breaking Bad!) is sublime: crackling dialogue, a gunfight, and the subsequent scene in which Rachel lays into Boyd and Tim’s dry humor still has a serious undertone to it. Boyd’s situation isn’t as ripe for optimism as he may think afterward.

-I’ll miss Jimmy. He was a great henchman.

-“I appreciate your concern; this may as well be a slow night in the champagne room for how comfortably erect I’m going to be watching your bitch ass squirm about.”

Tim, mentioning his erection two weeks in a row. I approve. Also, Daryl wants to cuddle and Boyd wants to teach him how to shoot a gun with his hands behind his back (that’s a euphemism right there). I don’t blame them.

-More Tim, Rachel, and Wynn Duffy next year, please. Also, Mary Steenburgen’s Katherine Hale should prove to be an intriguing character, and will we see more Dewey Crowe?

-Ian McShane. Make it happen.

-It’s been a pleasure covering this season for you guys. It’s been up and down, but it’s still one of the best shows on TV. See you next year for the *sob* final season.

Photo credit: FX, Justified

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6 Responses to “Justified “Restitution” Review (5×13)”

  1. bhammel103 April 9, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    I’ll leave a YES to Ian McShane. I don’t care if he shows up for one scene just to call Raylan a cocksucker. Justified needs him!

  2. Hepburn3 February 11, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    I love Justified! Great show. Raylan is truly one of my favourite tv characters, and I love the writing and the cast.
    I do not watch as it comes on tv but I get the dvd’s from my local library and watch them all over two nights! It is like a good mini series that way.
    I just finished season 5 and it was good!
    So when season 6 comes out on dvd I will be there!

    • polarbears16 February 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

      Nice! Season 5 I thought was a bit weaker than the other seasons, but it was still fun. The final season is shaping up really nicely, so when you get a chance to watch it, I hope you enjoy it.

      • Hepburn3 February 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

        Yes 5 was not as strong as other seasons. I think my favourite was season 2! But I am glad that the final season is coming along nicely!
        Such good dialogue, I just love hearing Raylan and Boyd wax lyrically 🙂

        By the way I wanted to ask if you have had a chance to check out a new Canadian comedy called Schitt’s Creek? It is so funny and stars Eugene Levy, Catherine Ohara and Levy’s son Dan. 🙂

      • polarbears16 February 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

        Yeah, season 2 was a masterful season of TV. Mags Bennett, what a character. And yes, not since Deadwood has there been such rich dialogue on TV.

        No, I haven’t had the chance to check it out. I actually haven’t even heard of it! Thanks for the recommendation.

      • Hepburn3 February 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

        Here is a preview clip of the show. 🙂
        I hope that you get the chance to see it.

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