So, I find this show to be like life, sort of. It unfolds in odd ways and the people in it change over time, transform almost, in some kind of crazy redneck evolution that for whatever reason I find fascinating. I have a feeling it may be as simple as familiarity. West Virginia and Kentucky are very similar. There are hollers and jackass people either making an "honest" living via coal (and now fracking) or a more cash based living off of moonshine and marijuana (and now meth). None of it is admirable and it certainly isn't productive in any sense of positive karma.
The show centers around a U.S. Marshall by the name of Raylan. Now, Raylan is from this little town outside of Lexington and because his past is littered with violence and a dozen other emotional wounds that could take a kid to either side of the law, he finds himself returned to his home state and pretty much thrown back into all the circles of local drama that he initially escaped from, including an ex-convict father, a former best friend now a member of the Aryan movement, an ex-wife married to a crooked realtor (and clueless about it), and a handful of other characters that generally cause trouble and complicate his already haunted life.
So, basically, this is an old fashioned gun slingin' good time in the hills is what I'm sayin'. And a person can perfect a really great twang due to watching it in ten hour stints...
In true Gilly form, I often ask questions (and make a lot of comments) to and of my magic box during my nightly stay in Harlan, KY. It never answers. Well, sometimes it does it just takes a few episodes.
For instance, why oh why Raylan are you so stupid about women? I understand your need to protect them but at some point can't you shift your focus to one (or even two) that aren't either needy fucking users or opportunistic fucking users or...I dunno, seems to be a pattern there.
Is it a requirement in Natalie Zea's career that she be typecast as an annoying ex-wife? The last time I encountered her was on The Following. Her character Winona on this show is no less whiny, demanding, manipulative and always in need of her knight in shining armor. She IS a little more clueless. Of course, a nerdy realtor with money issues is in general much less dangerous than the world's smartest serial killer so she has it a little easier this go around in that respect.
Dickie Bennett. Can someone just shoot that little asshole properly and be done with it?
Is Neal McDonough the creepiest bad guy ever or what?
Boyd Crowder. I HATE Boyd Crowder. Oh, wait....I find Boyd Crowder's transformation(s) interesting. Oh, wait...I kinda like Boyd Crowder. Oh, here we go again... Walton Goggins takes this character on a transformative ride that couldn't be any better unless it were real life and you actually knew Boyd Crowder. Of course IF you actually knew Boyd Crowder you should probably be very afraid...
Which brings me to Ava Crowder. From the girl that got left behind to the Queen of an outlaw's empire you get to watch this character transform from Raylan's half-hearted love interest into a savvy backwoods matriarch/cold blooded business woman. It is truly like a Venus flytrap of a life she gets herself into and it just keeps unfolding (and collecting more bodies). The contrasts and comparisons between her and Helen (Raylan's step mom) and even Season 2's Mags Bennett are subtle and well played.
Arlo Givens you are a poor excuse for a father you crazy, senile old man. But, damn if you don't always pull an ace outta your back pocket somehow.
People that need dead post haste: (as I write this I am only on Season 3 so my wishes may already be true): Johnny Crowder (please someone just shoot him again for reals?), Wynn Duffy (you are annoying and always f*cking stuff up), Dickie Bennett (see above, really???? How does this little effer survive?).
Thought: There is NO WAY that all of these people would have SUCH.GOOD.TEETH. NO way. Just sayin'.
Why does Boyd periodically leave things to be handled by prostitutes and drug addict goofballs that couldn't secure a kitten in a cardboard box? You'd think there'd be an eventual lesson there somewhere...
Now, thanks Mags - I will always wonder about my moonshine and ask for a different glass before drinking it.
Dewey Crowe you are SO dumb but comically important so go on now and look for your other stolen organs...
While yawning prior to dozing off the other night: They DO play good music at these holler shindigs....
All in all, I like this little town. It somewhat reminds me of home, save the teeth thing... ;)
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