WINTERPALOOZA

Courtesy of FX

Courtesy of FX

Warning: Mild Spoiler Alert

We are very happy to announce that NJATVS will be covering and recapping the sixth and final season of Justified. Often described as “the best show on television that no one talks about”. Well, we at NJATVS, will absolutely be talking about it. For the unfamiliar, Justified follows a premise that tragically will lose most people on sight. Then it takes that premise and creates without question, one of the best dramas television has to offer.

Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Live Free or Die Hard) leads this gritty and compelling cast. A cast that has seen such familiar faces as Walton Goggins (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy), Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Deadwood), Mykelti Williamson (Bubba from Forest Gump), Margo Martindale (The Millers, Dexter), Mike O’Malley (Yes Dear, Glee), Patton Oswalt (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ratatouille) just to name a few. Plus a stable of recurring characters all with their own depth and layers. New this season, Graham Yost and the show runners of Justified decided to drop a bombshell on the fandom. The introduction of American Treasure and all around man’s man Sam Elliot (Tombstone, We Were Soldiers).

Justified has already experienced 5 acclaimed seasons on FX. Justified sees one of its native sons, Raylan Givens return home to Harlan, Kentucky a U.S. Marshall that plays by his own rules despite his outlaw family. Raylan returns to Harlan to discover that a man he grew up with and dug coal with, has nestled himself into Harlan’s criminal element and may be more responsible for the ‘goings on’ than the US Marshall’s office is aware of. To complicate matters, Raylan’s ex-wife works in the county courthouse. And if that were not bad enough, his reputation precedes him wherever he goes.
Over the course of five seasons, Raylan has made serious strides to clean up Harlan and over stayed his welcome. Almost in equal measure. Harlan is a hot bed for drugs, murder, prostitution, and any other unlawful enterprise that pays well. The U.S. Marshall’s office does what it can, Raylan lives in the morally ‘grey area’ as long as he believes he is “Justified”, and Boyd Crowder and a multitude of organized crime cohorts do what they can to fill their pockets. Legality be damned.

Without question, Justified belongs in the discussion with Breaking Bad, Blacklist, Newsroom, type shows that dominate the ‘best shows on television’ discussions. To help us bring this wonderful show to our readers, we have brought in a colleague, friend and longtime Justified enthusiast Rick Morris. Rick is no stranger to analysis or television. Rick is the patriarch of a network of websites that cover everything from sports to news to all things media. We are excited to bring you coverage of Justified and excited that it will come from Rick Morris.

 

Courtesy of ABC

Courtesy of ABC

Warning: Spoiler Alert

It has been a lovely holiday season, I hope your families enjoyed it as much as ours, but now it’s time to return to business as usual. The bulk of our fall shows are returning from the Holiday hiatus and in the coming weeks and months we will be bringing back previous shows (i.e. Musketeers, The Following, and Justified) as well as a healthy dosage of new shows (i.e. Allegiance, Heroes: Reborn). None more highly anticipated than Marvel’s Agent Carter.

The first layer of what we know pertaining to Agent Carter is of course the obvious. This will be a period piece. In Marvel’s Captain America: Winter Soldier we find the present day Steve Rogers bedside talking to an old and dying Peggy Carter. So any delusions of a time line adjusting scenario that brings the ravishing 1940’s Peggy Carter into the modern Marvel universe should at least be put to bed for the early going. I won’t count anything out, but this feels like a period piece nothing more nothing less. At least as far as the timeline is considered.

Naturally, the second layer is the who, and this is where it gets interesting. Anyone who has seen the first Captain America would have to assume that there will be a significant presence from Howard Stark (Tony Stark’s father and patriarch to Stark Industries). What most of you may or may not be aware of is the introduction of Jarvis. The uninitiated I’m sure are wondering how a complicated, smart, computer that runs a technologically advanced house and Ironman suit could possibly make an appearance in the 1940s. The clarification there is that we are not being introduced to the machine, we are being introduced to the man. Edwin Jarvis. The person and likeness that Tony Stark’s Jarvis was modeled after.

Beyond that, there are a number of assumptions we can make. One of which comes direct from a trailer released by Marvel themselves. A number of Howard Stark’s inventions and weapons have been stolen and the worry is that they are headed for the black market. Also there is the tone first seen in the Agent Carter short found on the bonus features on the Ironman 3 blu-ray/dvd. Agent Carter is a woman doing a man’s job post World War 2. Her presence is not exactly welcomed. And finally, what is the implications of what is presenting in the limited run Agent Carter and what that will mean for future Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Marvel Cinematic works in the future? We all know how well Marvel works outward. They already have tentative release dates for Marvel movies into 2018 and beyond. Make no mistake about it, Agent Carter is not filler. The plot and events will carry weight towards a bigger picture down the road. A can’t miss series for any fan of the Marvel Universe.

Lastly, Marvel has never missed an opportunity to promote itself. We at NJATVS are not the only ones excited about Agent Carter. That excitement will ring out further beyond this two-hour premiere. At some point in Tuesday’s two-hour Agent Carter we will get to lay our eyes on the first non-teaser trailer of Ant-Man. Amidst Phase 2, we will meet new characters to enlarge the Marvel Universe. We’ve already seen images of Ultron, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Now we get to see Ant-man. For those that are not familiar, hold you skepticism. With Paul Rudd playing the role of Scott Lang aka Ant-man and supporting characters played by Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas, this one is sure to be better than it sounds to simply say, “tune into Agent Carter for the world premiere of the Ant-man trailer”.

Courtesy of Marvel

Courtesy of Marvel