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  • Atypical
    Dec 1st, 2011

    The season 2 trailer is out. Premieres 6/19/14 on Sundance Channel.


    Oct 11th, 2010

    I wish that this had not missed an Emmy cycle, but I will be glad to have this and its great performances back.  As much as I harped on the cinematography last season from a technical standpoint, Rectify did photograph the south prettier than True Detective and I am ready for some magic hour fields on my computer monitor.  As we are seeing now with Mad Men, it is hard for a show that is so light on plot to accomplish much in six or so episodes, so I am looking forward to see what they can do with ten.

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    Sep 17th, 2013

    ^ Well said.

    Rectify is my favorite ongoing show. I can’t wait for it to return

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    Oct 14th, 2011

    I enjoyed very much the first season, even with it’s flaws, there were some pretty fantastic moments and the acting is top notch.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    The early reviews are excellent! I’ll post them shortly.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Hollywood Reporter’s review:

    Rectify: TV

    10:40 AM PDT 6/17/2014 by Tim Goodman

    The Bottom Line: After a great six-episode first season, Rectify will get 10 to share Daniel
    Holden’s awakening.

    Airtime: Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Sundance Channel,
    beginning June 19

    Cast: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, Luke
    Kirby, Adelaide Clemens, Bruce McKinnon, J. Smith-Cameron

    Creator: Ray McKinnon

    second season of Sundance Channel’s critically acclaimed drama keeps its Slow
    TV beauty but moves the story along with grace and grit.

    Ray McKinnon, the creator, writer, and director of the
    acclaimed drama Rectify, which begins
    its second season Thursday on Sundance TV, made a particularly telling comment
    about his series: “Rectify is
    about being alive.”

    He’s right, of course, but some may read into the meaning
    of “being alive” a sense of exuberance and passion, both tamped-down
    traits of Rectify, which is the
    current poster series in the Slow TV movement.

    The first season revolved around main character Daniel
    Holden (Aden Young), who spent 19 years on death row, convicted of raping and
    murdering his girlfriend. Freed on DNA evidence, Daniel is let out of the tiny
    white cell where he’s spent half his life and returns to the fictional small
    Southern town of Paulie, where his family tries to ease him back into a
    community where most people still thinks he’s guilty.

    His release was secured through the efforts of his sister
    Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and lawyer Jon Stern (Luke Kirby) from the nonprofit
    legal organization Justice Row. Amantha is a no-bullshit firecracker (and
    Spencer is wonderful in that role) whose life’s work so far, almost by
    accident, has been helping to free Daniel. In season two she will have to face
    up to what that means for her now that he’s out.

    Daniel’s father is dead and his mother, Janet (J.
    Smith-Cameron), has married a good man in Ted Talbot Sr. (Bruce McKinnon). But
    Ted Jr. (Clayne Crawford) believes Daniel’s highly controversial release will
    doom sales at the tire store that he and his father took over from Daniel’s
    father. Prickly, selfish, and skeptical, Ted Jr. also doesn’t fully believe
    Daniel is innocent. As much as the audience hates Ted Jr. (which means that Crawford
    truly nailed that part), there are episodes in season one where viewers might
    start to side with him.

    But Ted Jr.’s ultra-religious young wife, Tawney
    (Adelaide Clemens), sees a fragile lost soul in Daniel and believes that God
    has put him in her path to be saved.

    Ray McKinnon was able to generate a lot of sparks out of
    a smoldering coal of a story, getting all of the supporting characters involved
    even when Young’s performance as Daniel was so riveting you didn’t want the
    camera to cut away from him. In many ways, however, six episodes wasn’t enough.
    In the second season, Rectify is up to 10 episodes, which seems more fitting
    and should allow for an expansion of its small world.

    What McKinnon did so masterfully in that first season was
    track those six episodes over a span of six days, slowing down and expanding
    upon exactly what it must have been like for someone like Daniel—introspective,
    partially broken, book-smart, wary, quiet, and confused—to be dropped back into
    a life he barely started living before going to jail.

    It was a superb, nuanced, and delicate six hours that at
    times felt like watching a flower open slowly. In the case of Daniel, the
    pressures and prejudice of the small town he lives in, the changes in his
    family over time and upon his release, and his sense of almost overwhelming
    wonderment at the smallest of things were too much to absorb in six days. He
    went from an unexpected, quiet guest to a man unmoored, choking out Ted Jr.
    (and embarrassing him in a way you just have to see to appreciate) and finally
    suffering the pent-up hostility of the small town when the brother of the dead
    girl and a group of friends beat Daniel nearly to death.

    Season two opens mere hours after that season-ending,
    viscerally disturbing beat-down. Daniel is in a coma and no one knows how much
    damage he’s suffered to his brain. But the real challenge for McKinnon and Rectify is bringing Daniel a step
    further into the world, to the point where he needs to pick up and move on with
    his life, even if there’s a chance a looming appeal will send him back to jail.

    What the early season-two episodes of Rectify establish is that the series
    hasn’t lost its sense of the granular; they may move slightly more quickly than
    the episodes in the freshman season, but Rectify
    will never be confused for 24—or
    anything else, for that matter. Daniel is still dumbstruck by his newfound lot
    in life and, in his coma, is having dreams about his past and even his present.
    What Rectify did so well visually in
    the first season was create a rich, cinematic language of saturation in the
    moment—close-ups of Daniel held many beats longer than the norm; shots that
    captured the simplicity of small moments, such as when Daniel takes his shoes
    off and sits in the outfield grass of the local baseball field and basks in the
    sensations of touch, freedom, and sunlight.

    That same attention to detail and visual style continue
    in season two, and the flashbacks/dreams have the same unsettling sense of
    those that came before. However, Rectify
    is now rightly upping the ante for all the characters. Yes, the first season
    covered a span of six days and the first episode back is the seventh day, but
    there’s a broader (if not more brisk) look at the world around Daniel. Until
    the law puts him back in jail, he needs to live his life.

    What Rectify
    has in its back pocket, beyond this strangely engrossing, slowly unfolding tale
    of one man’s journey, is that McKinnon hasn’t declared one way or the other if
    Daniel is completely innocent. Clearly he’s mentally out of sorts about his
    girlfriend’s death (to which he confessed), and viewers have been keyed into a
    cover-up among some of the people still living in Paulie, but there is no
    absolute here about Daniel’s innocence. And some of the events of season one
    made viewers think twice about not only what Daniel might have done but what
    he’s capable of. That’s the clever conceit of Rectify, and it doesn’t matter how slowly it takes to tell this
    story—it remains as riveting and unique as ever.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Entertainment Weekly’s review:


    A somber, soulful mystery-cum-character study of a damaged, possibly damnable man and the small Southern town that loves and loathes him, this cable gem returns for 10 episodes, bent on affirming the promise of its sublime first season. The premiere artfully restates the show’s premise and thematic scope by toggling between dreamtime metaphor and deep-feeling grit. Comatose Daniel Holden (Aden Young, a mesmerizing mix of angst and ambiguity)—recently freed from death row for a rape and murder he may or may not have committed; mentally sketchy after 17 years of institutionalization; last seen beaten pulpy by vigilantes—wanders in limbo and wonders whether to resume living. Meanwhile, bitter step-bro Ted (Clayne Crawford) pines for the problematic prodigal’s death, while Ted’s religious wife Tawney (Adelaide Clemons) struggles to see God in the murk. It’s an engrossing meditation on the complexities of redemption. A Jeff Jensen     

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Variety’s review:

    TV Review: “Rectify,” Season Two

    June 16, 2014 | 07:15 AM PT

    Brian Lowry

    TV Columnist @ blowryontv

    little series that could, “Rectify” is such a wispy construct, where events
    unfold so languidly, it’s a puzzle why the hours fly by and prove consistently
    compelling. Much of it has to do with the casting—which is dead-on from top to
    bottom, and indeed, gives the supporting players more work through the early
    stages of season two. Whatever the reasons, this SundanceTV drama, anchored by
    Aden Young’s out-of-body calm in the lead role, was one of 2013’s most pleasant
    surprises, and continues in that vein in this new 10-episode run.

    Young plays Daniel Holden, whose imprisonment on death
    row for murder was overturned, and whose release back into the world, after 19
    years, set all sorts of unexpected events into motion. That included the brutal
    assault on him that closed the first season, with the aftermath of that
    violence dominating the early stages here, as Daniel initially lays in a coma,
    while others in the small town grapple with what happened.

    That’s not to say Young gets a vacation. Instead, viewers
    relive aspects of his prison stay through a mix of flashbacks and dream
    sequences, cutting between the stark white cell he occupied and the real world.
    The latter setting includes his concerned and angry sister (Abigail Spencer);
    their mother (J. Smith-Cameron); stepbrother Ted Jr. (Clayne Crawford), who
    works with dad (Bruce McKinnon) running the family business; and Ted Jr.’s wife
    (Adelaide Clemens), to whom Daniel is drawn, and vice versa.

    Series creator Ray McKinnon manages to incorporate
    various elements associated with serialized drama into the narrative (such as
    the local sheriff, played by J.D. Evermore, investigating the beating), while
    infusing the show with poetic qualities, aided immeasurably by Young’s
    exquisite, tightly coiled performance. And it all unfolds so assiduously,
    sprinkling out story with an eye dropper, that the series might as well be
    subtitled “The Recapper’s Nightmare.”

    “Everything out here is so complicated,” Daniel muses at
    one point, suggesting he remains bottled up, only in a different and more
    confusing sort of confinement.

    Thanks to its tone, “Rectify” perfectly encapsulates a
    cable environment that makes this sort of niche offering possible. Indeed, the
    mind boggles at the thought of a broadcast-length season.

    Sundance will eventually have to judge just how viable
    that model really is from a business perspective, but for now, the channel has
    a series that puts it on the map with the big boys, quality-wise. And in TV
    terms, that alone represents its own kind of breakout.

    TV Review: “Rectify,” Season Two

    (Series; SundanceTV, Thurs. June 19, 9 p.m.)


    Filmed in Georgia by Gran Via Prods.


    Executive producers, Ray McKinnon, Mark Johnson, Melissa
    Bernstein; co-executive producer, Victoria Morrow; producer, Robin Sweet;
    director, Stephen Gyllenhaal; writer, McKinnon; camera, Paul M. Sommers;
    production designer, Hugh D.G. Moody II; editor, Travis Sittard; music, Gabriel
    Mann; casting, Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein. 60 MIN.


    Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide
    Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Luke Kirby, Bruce McKinnon, Jake Austin Walker,
    Michael O’Neill, J.D. Evermore

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    A.V. Club’s review:

    pitches its 2nd
    season between the merciful and the monstrous

    The show returns having barely missed a beat.

    by Todd VanDerWerff

    •Jun 18, 2014•12:00 AM



    Season 2

    The characters on Rectify
    are always caught between the notion that life is a burden and the idea that
    it’s actually a gift. That’s fitting, because the series is simultaneously one
    of TV’s most depressing and most life affirming. At its best, it reawakens
    viewers to the wonders all around them, while simultaneously putting its
    characters—led by a former death-row inmate released from prison after new DNA
    evidence vacated his sentence—through the emotional wringer. It’s a quiet,
    deliberate show, but it contains multitudes and a willingness to go for broke
    with religious symbolism or Southern gothic overtones, right smack dab in the
    middle of stories about normal people going about their lives.

    The most acclaimed aspect of the show’s roundly acclaimed
    first season was Aden Young’s performance as Daniel Holden, the former convict
    at the show’s center. Young’s performance suggested deep wells of sensitivity
    and empathy at Daniel’s core. But there’s also a hint of something more
    tortured as to indicate he really could have raped and murdered his high-school
    girlfriend. The show carefully built to moments when Daniel would marvel at
    department stores or hot dog cookers, but offered deeper content to convey just
    how much his time in prison changed and marked him. Though Rectify was filled with great characters—and an amazing cast
    playing them—it was decidedly Young’s show.

    Naturally enough, the second season begins with two
    episodes that barely feature him.

    Some of this stems from plot. (Daniel ended last season
    in no position to start this season as the show’s putative hero.) A little
    stems from the show’s other characters now being well-developed enough to
    shoulder the load for a couple of episodes. (In particular, the first few
    episodes lean heavily on Abigail Spencer as Daniel’s sister, Amantha, and J.
    Smith-Cameron as his mother, Janet.) But most of it stems from creator and
    showrunner Ray McKinnon’s complete and utter confidence in the series’ slow-moving
    storytelling and careful peeling back of the characters’ layers. Season one was
    set over a long, drowsy summer week, when life is full and abundant, but also a
    little sleepy. Season two is set in the fall, a chill wind in the air and the
    suggestion of disaster just around the corner. (Strangely, only a few days seem
    to have passed, but this is in keeping with the show’s slightly ethereal
    nature.) The scripts and direction of the season’s first three episodes reflect
    that as well. If the first season was about the wonder of unlikely survival,
    the second is about practicality—about what it means to actually resume one’s
    life after a lengthy pause.

    sets itself apart from other TV shows through its use of a specific shot: an
    overhead view that suggests God looking down on his creation. The series does
    beautiful things with this camera angle, particularly in its occasional
    flashbacks to Daniel’s time on death row, keeping an eye on the goings-on in
    two side-by-side cells as if the characters were avatars in a computer game.
    The suggestion of a deity passively watching its creation go through any given
    day is fitting for the series, which evinces a kind of old-school Christianity.
    It’s not quite fire and brimstone, but it’s in the same neighborhood. There are
    few TV shows as concerned with grace as Rectify
    is—but there are also few shows as concerned with sin. Biblical allusions
    arrive frequently (in the first season, Daniel even wrestled with a man who may
    or may not have been a proxy for the almighty), and it also features one deeply
    Christian character (Adelaide Clemens’ pitch-perfect Tawney) who is treated
    with dignity and seriousness. Some of the best material focuses on her marriage
    to Clayne Crawford’s Teddy, who gets major character rehabilitation in the
    early going here.

    If there’s one Christian concept that Rectify has most glommed onto, however,
    it’s the notion of salvation. And the show is interested in this concept beyond
    the notion of Christ dying for anyone’s sins. It’s particularly insistent on
    the notion that salvation does not particularly care if a person was good or
    bad, prior to accepting it—and this extends to how human beings treat each
    other as well. All the characters run into people who don’t like them or even
    mean them harm, but Rectify is always
    looking toward the reasons anyone might extend mercy. The people on this show
    strive to do the right thing, even if they don’t know what that is all of the
    time, and that is what sets them apart.

    Yet the series wouldn’t work without the tension between
    this mercy and the potential for its opposite. In one of the season’s less
    successful subplots—but one that seems like an important indicator of what Rectify is up to this year—Luke Kirby’s
    Jon, the lawyer who got Daniel’s case reopened and vacated, visits with another
    death-row inmate who successfully hoodwinked him into thinking he didn’t commit
    any crimes. It’s this notion of pretending, of wearing a human mask over
    something monstrous, that troubles Rectify
    down at its heart.

    Maybe God really is looking down on all of us. But if we
    appear to him as toys wandering through elaborate dollhouses, perhaps he knows
    even less than we do about humanity’s potential for good and evil. Indeed, the
    series all but comes out and says this in the final scene of the season
    premiere—one of the most beautiful sequences to be seen on television in this
    or any year. In it, Daniel confronts that in-between state, that tension
    between good and evil, life and death, love and hate. It could all feel very perfunctory,
    but in the hands of McKinnon and company, it feels revelatory. God might exist,
    but he’s left us all wandering in the woods, desperate to find our own paths.


    Created by: Ray McKinnon

    Starring: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron,
    Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clemens

    Returns: Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Sundance TV

    Format: Hour-long drama

    Three episodes watched for review.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Sepinwall’s review:

    Sundance’s “Rectify” still slow, steady, and brilliant in season 2

    HitFix: A-

    Story of a Death Row prisoner’s return to the world like
    nothing else on television.

    by Alan Sepinwall @ Sepinwall | Thursday, Jun 19, 2014
    9:00 AM

    The events of the first season of “Rectify,”
    the Sundance Channel drama about Death Row inmate Daniel Holden’s return to
    freedom after his conviction is overturned, took place over a single week
    following Daniel’s release. It was a short period of time and yet—longer than a
    “24” season, but much shorter than a “Mad Men” season—as
    Daniel tells a friend, “Every day felt like a lifetime.”

    For some viewers of “Rectify,” which begins its
    second season tonight at 9, that elongated sense of time will be exactly why
    they love it. The show doesn’t move from incident to incident the way virtually
    every other show on television does, but rather stops to marinate in the sticky
    Southern atmosphere and in the complicated emotions engendered by Daniel’s
    release among his family, his enemies, and even himself. It is a show in which
    you would be hard-pressed to describe the plot of any individual episode to
    someone who hadn’t seen it—often the best way to differentiate one from the
    next is to describe which object Daniel spent a long time staring at (down
    feathers? flip-flops?)—and yet the experience of watching it feels so full and
    dense that it is as if everything possible happened in it.

    Of course, for many viewers that slowed-down, ethereal
    storytelling style will be an invitation to fire up the DVR and find anything
    with a faster pace and a more eventful style—in other words, virtually any
    other show on television, especially now that the “American Idol”
    results show is going away.

    The approach “Rectify” creator Ray McKinnon has
    taken with this wonderful show is essentially anti-commercial. On virtually any
    channel but Sundance, the story would be about Daniel (Aden Young) seeking
    justice for the men who actually killed his girlfriend, and any sense of the
    emotional toll of decades in prison would simply be a bonus to that revenge
    story. Here, McKinnon demonstrates only the vaguest interest in what actually
    happened to the girl—and it remains entirely possible that Daniel played a role
    in the crime, even if DNA analysis got him out of prison.

    Instead, the show is about moments that seem so small to
    us, but that are enormous to a man in Daniel’s situation, and to the people in
    his orbit. When he rides his old dirt bike, gawks at the wide selection of
    beach footwear at the local Walmart, or simply sits down for breakfast with his
    mother Janet (J. Smith-Cameron) and sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer), it’s with
    the confusion and wonder of a man who did not expect to be here and can’t
    entirely believe that this is real. (Both the first season and this new one
    dabble in both dream sequences and hints of the metaphysical; most of Daniel’s
    encounters are presented as fact, but every now and then something happens that
    may be happening only in his mind.) Because Young has such a fascinating screen
    presence in his stoicism, and because the actors around him are so good at
    portraying how overwhelmed with joy and/or anxiety his loved ones are at his
    return, the lingering moments don’t feel wasted, but like the entire point.

    It’s also one of the most spiritually rich and thoughtful
    shows anywhere on television at the moment. The first season dealt at length
    with Daniel’s born-again sister-in-law Tawney (Adelaide Clemens, wonderful)
    trying to save his soul. On 99 shows out of 100, Tawney would be presented as a
    naive fool, or a hypocrite; here, her concern for this relative stranger is
    entirely genuine, and the show takes her faith seriously. In the new season, we
    see her discussing Daniel with her Bible study group, and even the minor
    characters around her are given respect and complex shading.

    Season one ended with Daniel being beaten half to death
    by his alleged victim’s brother and his friends, and the new episodes do not
    run away from that. Daniel’s out of action for a bit, which would ordinarily be
    a problem on a series so carried by its central character. But through dreams,
    prison flashbacks, and other devices, we still get plenty of Daniel, and the
    supporting characters have taken on enough depth to carry things while Daniel
    heals. Daniel’s stepbrother (and Tawney’s husband) Ted Jr. (Clayne Crawford)
    takes on a bigger role, and what had once been one of the show’s least nuanced
    characters here becomes someone very complex, and surprisingly sympathetic. Ted
    Jr.’s not a particularly nice guy, but you get to feel the weight of Daniel’s
    return on him just as much as on the rest of the family.

    Though I was eager to have the show come back, I did
    wonder how long McKinnon could let the show run before the leisurely style turned
    into self-parody. (“Oh, wow, now Daniel can’t stop staring at all the
    individual flossing options at the local CVS!”) Three episodes into this
    longer second season (which will have 10 installments rather than last year’s
    six), the premise, the pace, and the art film approach all feel eminently
    durable. This isn’t a show I would necessarily want seven seasons of, but I’m
    grateful to have it back for now. There is nothing else on television quite
    like it, and for those who have the patience to sit through Daniel’s still,
    slow journey, the emotional rewards are enormous.

    Alan Sepinwall may be reached at sepinwall@hitfix.com

    NOTE: As was the case last year, this isn’t the sort of
    show I find especially conducive to weekly write-ups, so I’ll revisit it at the
    end of the season.


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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Episode Title: “Running WIth the Bull”

    Synopsis: In the aftermath of Daniel’s beating, his family fears the worst; Ted, Jr. hides a shameful secret from his wife.


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    Jun 7th, 2011

    I just watched the first episode of season two. This show is so good and so heartbreaking and just straight up beautiful.

    It’s a show worth paying attention to if you care about great television. The first season was incredible, and this seems to be doing more of the same. This show makes me weep.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Strong premiere. The cast is uniformly great, and as “slow” as the narrative is desribed in the reviews, it’s as riveting as ever, especially with the use of the dream and flashback sequences while Daniel was comatose. This is as compelling as any fast-moving drama out there right now solely reliant on plot point after plot point and shock value. Aden Young should have been Emmy nominated for season one along with Abigail Spencer (Amantha is just everything, then and now). I don’t have high hopes for the Emmys to recognize this series like they should, but whatever. I didn’t remember all of what happened last season since this aired so long ago, but most of it was easy enough to pick up on. The show’s at its best when it delves into the core family and how their lives are changed in light of Daniel’s release from prison. The aftermath of the attack could be really good down the line. The conspiracy angle with the sheriff and the former prosecutor/governor candidate I’m off and on with. There are those guys who may have been behind Hanna’s death who are still circling around. And the victim’s brother heading up Daniel’s beating could be interesting too. The show’s still way too overwritten, and there are times when I hear Ray McKinnon talking and not the characters. It was really bad with Johnny Ray Gill in this episode, who was laying it on ridiculously thick in the “dream” sequences with Young. But anyway, strong setup for what will hopefully be a great second season.

    Grade for “Running With the Bull”: B+

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    Oct 14th, 2011

    I don’t get why you think that Johnny Ray Gill was “laying it on ridiculously thick”… He was as good as he was last year, I thought the dream sequences were a bad decision, however Gill was perfectly fine , should have been nominated last year.

    I thought overall it was a strong premiere, as already stated I thought they should have found another way to make Young’s screentime count other than dream sequences, it was necessary, but really , wasn’t there another way around this?

    Spencer and Clemens continue killing it.  Very looking for to this season.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Gill wasn’t “perfectly fine” to me. He was overboard and excessive.

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