Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Justified: Fire in the Hole

Last night was the premiere episode of FX's "Justified". I'd say it was rather good. With a story from Elmore Leonard, Tim Olyphant and Walton Goggins, and created by Graham Yost ("Boomtown"), there wasn't much doubt that it would be good.

Olyphant play's Dutch's Raylan Givens well. Goggins is great as his old buddy Boyd Crowder. The producers probably liked him too, as they (spoiler alert!) slightly changed the ending of the source short story "Fire in the Hole". There were a couple other minor changes, but these were done primarily to set the story up as a series.

There were a couple flaws, but nothing to distract me too much. Some of the dialogue (those bits not taken directly from the short story) was a bit too on the nose. And did we really need that flashback after (another spoiler) Raylan shot Boyd? The writers already established several times that they worked in the mine together, so that segment was superfluous.

I liked it. I'll be turning in for the foreseeable future.

Side Note: Harper Collins has put the entire text of "Fire in the Hole" online. If you haven't read it yet, you can do so here.


Cormac Brown said...

It was brilliant, and to better sell Yost? He wrote "Speed" and is one of the executive producers of "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific." Elmore is also an executive producer on the show, so you know that the quality should stay consistent.

The casting was also brilliant, and you knew that they couldn't just kill off a certain character that came from one of your favorite shows (wink-wink, nudge-nudge), or there would be hell to pay.

StephenD said...

Yost as also behind another canceled too early show in "Raines". I could've mentioned "Band of Brothers", but I've got "Boomtown" on the brain like our friend WellesFan.

I heard EL's exec title was more honorary, but if he gets to do a pass or two through the dialogue...who cares? A lot of the stories mention Yost gave the writing staff "What would Elmore do?" bracelets to help keep them in the right frame of mind.

I figured he WOULD die, just because he does in the original short. But I'll take more Boyd any time.

WellesFan said...

Best FX premiere ratings since "The Shield"!