[tps_title]#9: RECTIFY (Season 1)[/tps_title]
“A state of constant anticipation…”
How do you put your life back together when you are forced back into the world after spending 19 years of your life on Death Row? The answer Rectify gives is “very slowly”. Daniel Holden was imprisoned as a teenager for the alleged rape and murder of his girlfriend, until new DNA evidence proved that there was more to the story. Six episodes in, it’s still not clear whether Daniel is guilty of the crime or not. Either way, it wouldn’t matter to the viewer: Holden is not the man he was 19 years ago. Rectify does a terrific job of telling the bizarre story of a man re-experiencing this brave new world, like a child born at the age of 40.
The slow pace might feel familiar to viewers of Breaking Bad, and the two shows (both produced by Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson) do have many great qualities in common. The writing is thought-provoking and intimate, exploring themes such as guilt, reason, absolution and identity. Characters could be discussing the weather and make it feel like it’s the most fascinating thing in the world. With the show filled with contemplative moments like that, there hasn’t been much room for major plot developments. Season 1 feels like a prologue to a larger story and serves to introduce, explore and develop its main characters… which is more than rewarding in and of itself.