Today, in preparation for some really hard, serious intellectual teaching work (as opposed to the physical exertion of gardening in extreme cold and walking downtown and back), self did her usual perusal of her various e-mail accounts. In her gmail “In” box was a notice from Salon.com alerting her to the latest articles, and when self saw something called “Raylan Givens Justified My Love” she didn’t need to be told twice, her fingers moved quicker than lightning and
OMG, dear blog readers, is this not the most gorgeous picture of Timothy Olyphant wearing the white Stetson?
Last Tuesday (Can it really have been a mere five days ago?) self waited all agog for Episode 1 of the 4th season of “Justified.” She had to kick The Man off the HDTV in the living room, for it would have been such a waste to watch Timothy Olyphant on the teensy, old TV in son’s bedroom.
Winona seems to have gone bye-bye, permanently, and self is glad because the actress who played her was too thin. (Self realizes this sounds extremely superficial. But she is firm in her opinion that Raylan needs a real dame! One with killer curves!)
There is of course Walton Goggins aka Boyd Crowder flashing his killer grin (Self recognized him immediately in Django Unchained, where he plays a stupider version of his Justified self), and of course Our Man Raylan, who still looks so adorable in those low-slung jeans. Self wonders who this season’s Epic Bad-Ass will be. She thinks Neal McDonough, Baddie of Season 3, was pretty good, but could not top Season 2’s Evil Matriarch Mags Bennett, and her equivally malevolent brood.
Anyhoo, here are some pertinent quotes from the Salon.com article, which is by Lorraine Berry:
- “While Olyphant is a fiendishly handsome guy, I don’t feel an erotic attraction to Givens . . . ” (Oh, SHUT UP, Ms. Berry!)
- “For us, our interest in Justified commands that we not only make sure that we are home to keep our appointment with the show’s original viewing time, but then also leads us to watch the show the next night, on DVR, where we can stop it every few moments to discuss the last snippet of dialogue or to start to unpack the central conflict that drives the series.” Why not just do what self does on Tuesday nights? She watches the 10 p.m. show, then the repeat at 11 p.m., and even the second repeat which begins at midnight, until finally she falls asleep, the voice of Timothy Olyphant permeating her dreams . . . (Woman, you need to get a hold on yourself!)
The article then goes on to “unpack” the following relationships:
Raylan and his boss, Art Mullen: About this, self will refer dear blog readers to Season 1, when Raylan lost his white Stetson, and it somehow came into the possession of his boss, and the actor who plays Art Mullen, Nick Searcy, (who is, in self’s opinion, long overdue for an Emmy nomination) said: “How’d you lose your hat? You weren’t raped, were you?” or something to that effect. Self knows this isn’t a funny line in print. But you’d have to hear Nick Searcy deliver that line, and see the look on Timothy Olyphant’s face, to get the full comic import.
Raylan and Mags Bennett : This relationship achieved glorious apogee in Season 2. There is a scene where Raylan puts his hand against Mags Bennett’s chest, and the gesture comes off as, not rude, but firm. How’d Olyphant manage that? Again, dear blog readers, you’d have to see the scene with your own two eyes.
Then the article goes on and on and on and on and on, dissecting what the writer refers to as the “Raylan swagger.” She’s not sure why the word “swagger” is used to describe Olyphant’s affect. The man is pure sex appeal, that’s all. If Quentin Tarantino played Raylan Givens, there’d be no article on Salon.com. Olyphant is the Brad Pitt of television!
Oh and by the way, his deputy, the sharpshooter whose name self forgets, is also pretty cute. And where’s Erica Taziel? Self loves whenever episodes focus on her character.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.