Justified: “A Murder of Crowes” Review

Double tap.

“Justified” returns with its season 5 premiere. With a guest appearance from David Koechner assisting Raylan with the Crowes in Florida, and Boyd making his way to Detroit, trouble seems to be headed to Kentucky two ways.

Note: The following review goes into detail about the episode. SPOILER ALERT!

“There will be a lot of Crowes this season” is a quote that has been throw around recently in relation to the fifth season of Justified. Indeed this is true, but we’ve only scratched the surface in this premiere titled “A Murder of Crowes.” We get a look at the one and only Crowe we’ve known up until now, Dewey, as well as his Floridian cousins. Boyd also had the best scenes in this episodes be it comical or satisfyingly dark. To a lesser satisfaction we got okay scenes with Raylan and partner Deputy Sutter played by David Koechner.

This episode starts with Raylan on the stand for his dishonorable actions towards Dewey Crowe. The show makes callbacks to when Dewey’s face meets the butt of a shotgun and when two of his four kidneys were taken. Some funny banter is had as usual. We soon meet Dilly and soon after Daryl and Wendy who we find out later are Crowes and cousins of “$300,000 richer” Dewey. Not too much interesting happened with the Crowes this episode outside of their reveal and the departure of D-D-Dilly.


The Real Crowes of Florida

The hard hitting scenes actually are brought to us by Boyd Crowder. From the very first moment on screen, he makes this premiere feel more “Justified” than any other character. His Kentucky minute monologues via threat and his bold vigorous actions in tight spaces made this episode worthy. Now that Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) has been made series regular, I do expect more than a few lines from Mr. Eyebrows.

To no surprise, the most powerful scene this episode includes Boyd as he visits the judge’s friend, Paxton. He makes the visit with the intent to help his incarcerated fiance, but things escalate to a point where Paxton gets his head beaten in.

“I think he bumped his head”

This episode didn’t hold back at all when it came to “head wounds.” I very much enjoyed Mara’s (Paxton’s wife) reaction to her husband’s death (we assume.) Let’s hope she makes a return.

One theme I noticed throughout this episode is the theme of the “Double Tap.” From the bandit being shot twice in Boyd’s opening scene, the coast guard that Dilly shoots and Elvis…Manuel Machado finishes, to Raylin giving Dewey’s pool two shots after Dewey’s two “friends” gloriously exits. The episode even reaches a point where Manuel is given two choices and gets double-ly blown away by Raylan and Deputy Sutter.

The Breakdown

I liked that this episode took place outside of Kentucky and instead in Detroit and Florida. With the new Crowes introduced, Daryl and his sister Wendy (girl with red hair named Wendy?), this season could see more iconic characters added to the series’ roster. I’m interested to see how they develop and how the Kentucky Crowe interacts with his Floridian Crowe cousins. This episode isn’t going to be a milestone in the show’s pool of fantastic entries, but if we’ve learned anything from past seasons of Justified, things will certainly ramp up pretty nicely.


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