Really enjoying this new FX crime series about a Deputy US Marshall reluctantly returning to his native Kentucky. It started out good and just keeps getting better with every episode. One of its chief pleasures is its accurate depiction of criminality: unglamorous, low, venal and so often incredibly stupid.
But what really lifts the show is the cast. Timothy Olyphant, whom I’ve frankly never noticed before in anything, is almost perfect in a modern Clint Eastwood role made more intimate and inward for the small screen. Nick Searcy is a great foil as his boss and the show could use more of their dry, witty exchanges. And Joelle Carter, whom again I’ve never noticed, is just absolutely heart-melting as the woman who makes it hard for Olyphant to leave Kentucky, as she would make it hard for any man to leave anywhere she was. Walton Goggins – who proved in the last season of FX’s The Shield that he’s one of the best actors working – has also signed on for several episodes.
Not a revolution in crime drama, but a really strong, solid entry in the field and well worth tuning in.