Rectify (2013–2016)
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Jacob's Ladder 

Can Daniel make it on the outside? His mother asks him to help her redo the kitchen, he explains his perceptions to Jon and calls on Amantha at her new place - they go for a walk. He buys a... See full summary »

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Can Daniel make it on the outside? His mother asks him to help her redo the kitchen, he explains his perceptions to Jon and calls on Amantha at her new place - they go for a walk. He buys a gift at a bookstore, calls Tawney, and walks to a cemetery. Jon listens to Daniel's confession, Senator Foulkes calls on the D.A., someone puts a cherry bomb in Ted and Janet's mailbox, Ted Jr. cleans off his trousers, death row loses a resident, and Trey gets an idea where George might be. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[first lines]
Detective: [old interview video] What did you do after you strangled her?
Daniel Holden: I went and got some flowers.
Detective: Some flowers.
Daniel Holden: Wild flowers. Jacob's Ladder.
Detective: Come again?
Daniel Holden: It's a wildflower.
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S1: Engaging despite (because of?) the slow pace, patience with the characters, and lack of spectacle
6 May 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I came to this show having never heard of it until I saw the name topping critics lists and being ranked as one of the highest TV scores on Metacritic; so a little bit of pressure there on the show to amaze out of the box. I put this to the back of my mind, knowing such a thing is not fair to expect – plus it is not really that type of show that grabs you and gets you fully on board with some spectacle or fast paced action scene. Instead the drama is very small and personal. Okay we have the bigger legal case, and the political maneuverings around the small community, but mostly this is about the individual people within this scenario.

As such it engages because there is enough within the characters as written and performed to make us interested. At first the season does play up the bigger picture to set the stage well, and after this it settles back down somewhat. Despite the universally positive reviews, I did not find this to be an approach without a cost. The benefits are clear, because it gives a sense of the slow life, of the small community, of the heat, but the cost is that it does meander somewhat. There is not a huge amount of development in narrative, and as a complete season it is a little unsatisfying for it to end where it does without more to show for it. That said, the show works well as one to settle into rather than look for the next 'thing' to happen, and it is engaging.

The cast do really well. Young's lead performance is a very tough one, but mostly he pulls it off. Of course his character is a mess after so many years waiting for his own death, and at times he is a different character to focus on – but this is well done thanks to the nuance of Young. In support you have characters who seem simple but have some edges to them that come out gradually – Clements, Smith-Cameron, Crawford, Spencer, all do very good work. There are some characters in the smaller roles who do feel a little bit more clichéd in how they are delivered, but even these are pretty solid with quite a few recognizable faces. In terms of production values the show looks great throughout, everything is polished and has that warm haze to its light that convinces of the place and heat. The only aesthetic element I found a bit distracting was the two stunning female leads (Spencer, Clemens) who both seem almost too effortless to exist in this small world.

Rectify season 1 may not have knocked me out the way the praise suggested it would, however it is an engaging slow burn, which takes the time to let the characters and scene breath. It does this within a convincing world which is easy to spend time in. I do hope though, that the second season can maintain this while producing some more motion forward in other areas.


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