An Amazon day is a day when I get a package from Amazon.ca. This package usually contains a number of items that I will spend better portion of the next week or so devouring. Today’s package will contain a silly Nora Roberts book that I only bought because it’s the third in a series and I have to finish the series, a Sadie Jones’ ‘Outcast’ which I bought just based on reviews alone, and two Elmore Leonard books which feature the character pictured above – Raylan Givens.
Last summer I came across a trailer for a new show on FX that was titled ‘Lawman.’ That title has since been changed the show is now called Justified. The show features Timothy Olyphant (whom I love – he was great on Damages as Wes) as Raylan Givens, a US Deputy Marshall with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He’s also an old-fashioned lawman, one who actual tells people they have 24 hours to get out of town or he’ll shoot.
He’s terribly conflicted, mostly as a result of his past and his past, he has a gun on him at all times, and he’s not afraid to use it. Not to mention he has some anger issues. All of this makes for a rich character who straddles the line of the law on many occasions. Then there’s Boyd, his nemesis, a Southern con man whose recent conversation to Christianity is either a long con or sincere – we never know. The dialogue between Boyd and Raylan is about as good as TV gets, and that’s saying something.
But underneath all of this darkness is a sense of humour. And that is what makes Justified different from all of the cops and robbers shows out there. It also helps that the criminals are as well-developed as the main characters.
I haven’t fallen this hard this fast for a show since Friday Night Lights. Again – that’s saying something.
So tonight I will go home and open my Amazon box, and settle in with Raylan Givens. Sounds like a good way to end the day.