Review: In 'Justified' season 4, Raylan Givens investigates a mystery
An Arlo Givens-related cold case ties together the FX drama's new season
- Critic's Rating A-
- Readers' Rating A
(*) Raylan’s not quite a superhero, but he comes close at times, and it’s often the third installment of a superhero series (like “Spider-Man 3”) where the villains begin to multiply exponentially.
But all of it ultimately goes back to Raylan, and the sleuthing isn’t the only thing that’s new for our hero. This is Raylan in a dark place.(**) He’s split with his wife Winona for the second time, even as she prepares to give birth to their first child, is living above the bar owned by current girlfriend Lindsey (Jenn Lyon, with whom Olyphant enjoys a playful, teasing chemistry) and has started to let himself go a bit. (Albeit not in any way that would damage Olyphant’s sex appeal.) His hair has gotten shaggier, he’s working odd hours at the Marshals office, and making professional decisions that seem reckless even by the standards of previous seasons. When his boss Art Mullen (Nick Searcy, the series’ world-weary soul) begins to contemplate retirement, it’s easy to imagine that his top 5 reasons for doing so involve having to supervise Raylan Givens.(***)
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