Marshal Raylan Givens knows who is responsible for the death of the Judge and his assistant, and Raylan just needs to find a way to prove it in the latest episode of the limited series, “Justified: City Primeval.” The fight at the end of the last episode has put Raylan at odds with his daughter who thinks he’s backstabbing her because of how committed he is to his job. Meanwhile, Clement and Sandy are trying to trick a rich Albanian man into funding their operation by Sandy pretending to be in love with him.
This sets up a bit of a wilder situation than many expected. Everyone is pretending to be something they are not and it’s coming at the expense of everyone’s relationship with each other. Raylan’s relationship with his daughter is struggling because she wants to spend more time with him, and he wants to do his job. Raylan knows that Clement is a danger to Willa’s life because Clement knows Raylan is hunting him. Clement is using Sandy while Sandy thinks she’s in love with Clement, but both wound up using Sweety which leads to his bar being destroyed by police officers. And Clement is turning to his attorney, Carolyn Wilder, to protect him while Raylan is trying to get Carolyn to turn on Clement. In the end, she stands up to both of them.
This is definitely a wild episode with a lot of twists and turns. Some are good and some are bad, but there is a clear anti-hero and pure villain chemistry between Raylan and Clement. Raylan clearly wants the right results, but he’s willing to cross a line to get that result. Clement has no morals whatsoever and is clearly ready to do bad things to anyone and doesn’t care about collateral damage.
This series continues it’s strong story arc, but a lot of this episode is weaker than the first two. None of it is bad, it’s just not as strong as it had been. It advanced the story well, so I wouldn’t call this episode filler, but I’m banking on the series having to have a defined turn either back to the stellar first two episodes or a descent away from how well the limited series started. Right now, I’m still all in though.
Rating: 3.5 stars
What did you think of episode 3 of “Justified: City Primeval?”