Be sure to check out Brittany’s full recap & review of ‘For Blood or Money’ over at StarPulse.com
This is not to overlook the continually great work of Walton Goggins and Joelle Carter, who are slowly but steadily forming a very interesting relationship between their characters. Goggins is always good no matter what’s thrown at him, and the Ava Crowder character has grown on me in season two, principally because Carter has seized on the opportunity to make Ava more than a stubborn damsel in distress. She’s not constantly in trouble this season, and she’s exerting some serious authority this season; the two of them together are intriguing to watch, holding their own even as their characters are not directly involved in the major plotlines. While I can guess at what Boyd will do, it’s a testament to Walton Goggins that I know what I want him to do, and I honestly am torn about it.
It’s a testament to the quality of Justified. Even the characters not at center stage are still compelling, even if they’re only with us for a few minutes. Episodes that might be plot-advancing filler on any other show are so much more here. I never feel like I haven’t gotten something out of my forty-odd minutes. And that’s the kind of show that keeps me coming back, because I know that I’m always going to get something back in return.
Be sure to check out the entire review of 2×04 ‘For Blood or Money’ here at HitFix.com
Outside the main plot, the most interesting scenes involved, not surprisingly, Boyd. He remains a wildcard – it’s hard to say whether he’s actually considering the robbery scheme, or if he’s just trying to keep things calm for now – and Walton Goggins is such a compelling presence that I would just as happily watch an episode that was largely composed of Boyd and Ava chatting on the porch about hairdressing and “Of Human Bondage.” (An episode featuring just that and the drunken office scene would be a pretty huge stylistic departure, I know.) Goggins works as well with Joelle Carter as he does everybody else he’s paired with, and I’m wondering where to set the over-under on the episode in which he tries to make them be something more than just roommates.
Yes, yes we definitely do love us some Boyd Crowder y’all! 😉
Jessica: I love Justified. Boyd scoop please!
It’s no secret that we love us some Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), even when he’s straddling the line of bad, he’s oh so good. In an upcoming episode Boyd’s going to be taking a big step over that good-bad line and we are dying to know how it’s going to affect Ava’s (Joelle Carter) one rule for living in her house: no criminal activity.
For a guy who’s supposedly changed, you sound a lot like you always did.” -Dewey
One of the inherent advantages that a TV drama supposedly has over a movie is that characters can grow and change far more over many seasons than they can over the course of a two hour film. But what often fascinates me are the TV shows that choose, for one reason or another, to not let their characters change much, if at all. Sometimes it’s about preserving the status quo (“Dexter” for many years), sometimes about the show espousing a belief that people – real or fictional – aren’t capable of great change (“The Sopranos”), sometimes a combination of the two (the middle seasons of “House”).
With “Justified,” Raylan mainly is who he is. He might be capable of incremental change – being a mite slower to draw his gun just to avoid the paperwork, occasionally telling Winona how his day was – but he is who he is and his code is his code.
Boyd Crowder, on the other hand? He seems to change by the minute. But the key part of that sentence is “seems to.” As Raylan told us in the series pilot, Boyd has a history of trying on new identities as part of his usual pursuit of thrills. And because of that, there’s always this doubt – certainly for the other characters on the show, and to a lesser extent for those of us at home who get to see Boyd in his most private moments when he has no reason to role-play – of just how sincere his latest change is. Continue Reading →
I can’t wait to see how their story develops.
Question: Any scoop on Justified? —Brandon
Ausiello: Now that they’re living under the same roof together, Boyd and Ava will begin to grow closer. “I think that they end up really getting to know who each other is,” says Ava’s portrayer, Joelle Carter, “and respecting that, and being there for each other.” Annnnd…? “Annnnd…. I’m not sure what happens after that!” she hedges. (No worries. Walton Goggins recently painted a pretty graphic picture for us!)?
Tiffany Wendeln Connors of The New York Post had this to say about ‘Justified’ and it’s newest episode which airs this Wednesday at 10pm on FX.
“Justified” (Wednesday, 10 p.m., FX) In the first two episodes of the season, we didn’t get to see much of TV’s most interesting villain, Walton Goggins’ Boyd Crowder. But this week, he makes his triumphant return when our hero Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) pursues Boyd as the likely culprit in a drug-related murder investigation. The carefully crafted story is funny, dark and sharp, demonstrating why this is the best police drama on the air.
On Justified, when two hillbilly thugs walk into a room with an ominous-looking bag, you know they’re not toting the makings of a picnic. Anything might be inside: explosives, guns, a bear trap. For Timothy Olyphant, who stars on FX’s crime drama as the low-key but deadly deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and is now a producer, the secret to the show’s rich yet unhurried storytelling is how it triggers the imagination.
“I keep thinking about all the things that could be in the bag,” says Olyphant to staff writer Dave Andron as they sit on location in South Pasadena, California, outside of a police museum that’s doubling today as a jailhouse in rural eastern Kentucky. “Now the thing that tickles me most is live animals,” says Olyphant, who is dressed in full Raylan gear: nicely cut suit, collared shirt, tie, cowboy boots and, of course, his Stetson. “How about a…badger?” Olyphant collapses in a fit of giggles. “Badgers!” he drawls, riffing on The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. “We don’t need no stinking badgers!”
Season 2 packs more unexpected twists than a sackful of such critters. Episode 1 will be memorable to every Justified fan for the indelible introduction of Raylan’s newest adversary, Mags Bennett, played by Margo Martindale. She’s the mother of three dimwit sons, including one played by Lost’s Jeremy Davies, and was inspired by both a real-life Kentucky crime matriarch and one of three brand-new Raylan-centric short stories penned by exec producer and master mystery writer Elmore Leonard. Raylan’s surprising affection for Mags stems from their shared past. Says Olyphant, “[Raylan]’s a guy who’s able to put aside certain things and say, ‘These are the people I grew up with. She knew me when I was wearing Pampers, she knew my granddaddy.'” Continue Reading →
You can read all 5 reasons at the source.
4. Two more words: Boyd Crowder. Although this is Raylan’s story, it’s harder than ever to take your eyes of Walton Goggins’ electrifying performance as Boyd Crowder, a former hellraiser trying to stick to the straight and narrow. There’s just one problem: No matter how hard he tries, nobody’s buying it, least of all Raylan. “Boyd is on this journey of self-discovery and he’s looking for one thing: to be absolutely numb,” Goggins says. “But people won’t leave him alone.” He will find one friendly soul, however, and it could grow into an unexpected romance. “What Boyd may very well wind up believing in is love,” Goggins says.
You can read the entire article at E!Online. I highly recommend it but, bear in mind it is quite spoilery.
What does Ava’s relationship with Boyd look like this season?
I think that her relationship with Boyd is very conflicted. We’re going to be sensing stuff about her, which is, in going a little deeper, about who she is and the life she’s led. It’s not all just the surface story of this girl. There’s something else going on in there and that is something that will affect her relationship with Boyd. Coupled with the fact that Boyd is, with her, incredibly gentlemanly and caring and protective.
Is Boyd tempted to go back to life of crime?
What do you think? Yeah. It’s “tempted,” and it’s also, again, that sense of character is destiny. I think that Boyd will have a realization that his struggle to not be that guy that he was, was maybe the wrong struggle. You’ll see it in our fifth episode—it’s very Boyd-heavy, and we finally get to see him in a different light. When he got religion and went off on that path, it led to death and destruction. His conclusion could be that that’s just not the right path for Boyd Crowder.