I loved Olyphant in Deadwood and was hoping to like Justified, but things just didn't seem to work out. I just quite couldn't put my finger on just what it was that put me off. I think that it might have been my initial impression that Olyphant came across as simply playing a more talkative (although not much more) Bullock. I also got the overall impression Justified was just trying too hard.
I will give it another go on Netflix when I get around to it and its got a couple seasons released.
Have you noticed it's gotten bloodier? When they rob that bus and the guy gets a wad of shot blown through his face, that was some pretty gory stuff. Each episode it seems they gun for one gross-out, cringe-inducing scene.
Not that I mind that...
"He's got a hard bark."
That sums up the series right there.
This is currently my favourite show. I think what really is telling is that Elmore Leonard actually likes the show too. This is the guy that disowned the Get Shorty movie.
I've been posting this link on my blog and any time this show is raised; it is a free viewer of the short story Justified is based upon. It's on his publisher's webpage:http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780060...