Right now, I’m absolutely hooked on two TV shows for completely different reasons. The first show is Justified on FX which is available on Hulu; this is basically everything good about TV. It stars Timothy Olyphant as US Marshal Raylon Givens. The show follows his adventures in law enforcement and his tangled relationship with his former best friend turned criminal. Plus the good guy has a bitchin hat.
But the real reason to watch the show aside from the excellent writing and acting is the gunhandling. Olyphant acts like he’s held a gun in his hands, which makes sense because according to rumors he’s an undercover gun nut himself. It’s not just his character though – when one of the supporting characters used a shotgun, she actually held it tight to her shoulder like you should! Madness, I know. Anyway, if you’re not watching Justified, you should be.
Now, the other end of the spectrum is a show so bad, so over the top that it crosses back over in to “good”. What do I speak of? Why none other than “Deadliest Warrior” on Spike. The premise of the show is to “simulate” what would happen if “x” got in a fight with “y”. Battles have included ninja vs. Spartan, Jesse James against Al Capone, Green Berets against Spetznaz, Maori vs. Shaolin monk, and so forth. The show’s hosts collect “data” by having experts (and meatheads in some cases) demonstrate the weapons of each historical opponent on ballistic gel dummies full of stage blood, butchered pigs, cow ribs, etc. It’s all quite theatrical and culminates in the computer guy feeding the data (which is never revealed) in to his simulation which then sims out 1000 battles between the two opponents. The winner is the one with the most wins out of 1000, and you get to see the winner in a re-enactment of sorts of the battle. Like I said, it’s over the top and insane. Their knowledge of firearms is abysmal, and while their experts do what they can, there are just a lot of ridiculous shenanigans that occur.
But the show is FUN. Ultimately, that’s what is important, because the show embraces itself and rolls around in its own loving embrace of its ridiculous cartoon violence. And for that, I love you, Deadliest Warrior on Spike.