Tuesday, April 9
I may have mentioned a time or two that I have a ginormous crush on this man.
The TV character, not the man, actually.
He's hot--tall, cool under fire, and did I mention he looks really good in a hat? He's an alpha, leader. Doesn't back down, doesn't apologize. He's smart. He's hot. Did I mention that?
Let me back up a bit. A couple years ago, I was whining about not having anything to watch on TV, and my daughter mentioned a DVD set she had, but she didn't think I'd like it--Justified.
I agreed to watch it, and that's all she wrote. I was hooked from the minute Raylan Givens counted down and shot Miami gun thug Tommy Bucks without blinking an eye.
I watch the first three seasons over and over. I can quote them verbatim. The writing is sharp, the acting superb.
Until this year I've been a devoted and loyal fan.
It's subtle, but it's there. Raylan is meaner. Maybe the writers are trying to make him a bit world-weary, but to me, he just come across as an asshole. Two scenes really drove this home for me. When he catches bad guy Drew Thompson. Not an ounce of compassion. It really turned me off the character.
Another time is when the ex-wife of Drew Thompson is beaten to a pulp by a bad guy. Raylan is cold toward her, again compassion-less.
I love Raylan as a bad-ass. He's a man's man. But he's got what every hero I admire has, a kindness toward animals, children and ladies.
This season, the writers lost his soul.
And they're close to losing me.
What does this have to do with my own writing? It's a strong reminder to keep my eye on characterization. Alpha is good, asshole is not.