Romance & Justified

I am a huge fan of the tv show Justified. The fact Timothy Olyphant stars in it is a big part of the attraction. And he wears this hat…and carries a gun…and is generally adorable as he walks the very thin line between right and wrong. I have one problem with the show. Not all the shooting and the criminal stuff. Love that. No, I dislike this season’s rekindling of the romance between Raylan (Olyphant’s character) and Winona, his courthouse worker ex-wife. [Is she a paralegal? I don’t even know. I’ve watched every episode, some more than once, and have never taken the time to figure out what she does.]

Reading reviews of the show the general view is that Raylan, a sharpshooter U.S. Marshal with a tendency to get in huge trouble, is better off with his ex than last season’s bed partner, Ava, the bad girl who killed her abusive hubby. I disagree with the general wisdom here. If I were writing Justified – and I totally should be – The whole Raylan/Winona romance would not be happening. Nope. My issues:

1. The Winona character is the least interesting person on the show. Sorry, but she is. We are in the middle of some silly subplot with her husband (yeah, she remarried someone other than Raylan but they’re now separated) and stolen money. Her taking a walk on the bad side doesn’t make the character more interesting. I actually think the storyline doesn’t make much sense.

2. Raylan is part bad boy. He carries a badge and is the law, but he’s had a rough past, including having a felon for a father. The idea of Raylan with the put-together blond wife doesn’t really work for me. I think his naughty side would come out and he’d be attracted to Ava, the woman he naturally would have been with had he stayed in Harlan, Kentucky and followed his father’s footsteps into crime.

3. One of the more interesting aspects of the show is the relationship between Raylan and Boyd Crowder, a guy Raylan grew up with who also has a criminal (now dead) father. Boyd is probably who Raylan would have been had he not gone for a law enforcement career and left town. Having Boyd end up with Ava and Raylan end up with prettied-up Winona is too…easy. It’s a simplistic subplot in the middle of complex show. And have I mentioned that Winona is not all that interesting?

So, I would like to ask the writers of Justified to stop the Raylan/Winona romance. They want to sleep together from time to time and otherwise mess up their lives, fine. A full-on romance? Please no. You can come up with something so much better.

5 Responses to “Romance & Justified”

  1. Congrats on moving on in DABWAHA. I agree with you 100% about Justified and especially Timothy Olyphant. I get find I drift away during the scened with Raylan and Winona. While I still enjoy the show this season is not a good as last season. Did you see the recent movie “I m Number Four”? Timothy Olyphant was great in it.

  2. I think I remember hearing, or maybe just had the impression, that Winona is a prosecutor. Of course, I was thinking WTH this Wednesday.

    And I agree – Boyd & Raylan are great, apart and together.

    I’m interested to see what happens, because I bet that she ends up divorcing … Gary?… and get back with Raylan and then it doesn’t work out, leaving her even more bitter.

    If I were writing Justified – and I totally should be –
    I always say that! I can usually pick out the storyline before it happens, so we’ll see if my prediction is right :)

  3. I *love* Timothy Olyphant and the DH and I are Justified fans. I’d like to think the whole Winona thing is just a passing fancy because you’re right, the show is too complex to settle for an easy pairing off of the main characters. Something else has got to be looming on the horizon. I’d love to see a new woman enter the picture – one who appeals to Raylan’s bad boy side and really messes things up. 😉

  4. Like Robin, I’m thinking it’s a passing fancy because I just don’t see this show working with Raylan in any sort of “serious” relationship. My feeling is that the show works best when it focuses on the men – and the women serve as…uh…an added complication. Yes feminists, this makes me part of the problem. Blah, blah, blah, whatever.

    More Timothy Olyphant in a cowboy hat and tight jeans, please and thank you 😉

    I was fine with last week’s episode but then when we watched the preview for next week My Man was like, “Really? We’re stretching this out to more than one episode.” And I agree with him. I mean, let’s get back to the Dixie Mafia already!

  5. Mo – I didn’t know Olyphant was in that movie. Man, he’s in everything these days. Now I have to check it out. Thanks!

    Lori – You could be right about Raylan and Winona. I think they work best in the “unfinished business” category. Together? No. Driving each other nuts and messing up their lives by turning to each other every now and then? Yes.

    Robin – Oh, a new woman. I like that. I’d like to see a strong female knock him off his game.

    Wendy – I’ll have to give up the feminist badge too because I totally agree. The men make this series work. And your point about the last episode is clearer than what I said. Yes, it’s not so much that the last episode was bad but that the previews suggested the money storyline was going to continue…and it needs to end. not interesting.

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