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The brainchild of Deadwood and Sons of Anarchy alumni, Ray McKinnon, Rectify is the story of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a death-row inmate who is released from prison when DNA testing sheds some doubt on his guilt and subsequent nineteen year sentence.
Eschewing Making a Murderer style plot twists and courtroom dramatics, the two seasons thus far, with a fourth and final run scheduled for late 2016, instead focus on the integration of a man out-of-time, the effect it has on the Bible belt community split by the ambiguity of his guilt, and the fractured family he left behind.
An exercise in the kind of measured storytelling only afforded by the small screen, Rectify gets under your skin with its lyrical composition, economical dialogue, and nuanced characters, and if you need further convincing to spend time in the Georgia heat, then read on.
Dead Man Walking
Central characters don’t come much more intriguing than Daniel Holden; a shuffling, monosyllabic spectre whose inhibitions have been turned to granite from time spent within the confines of a prison cell.
He might not sound like a character to root for, but therein lays the appeal. Anytime Daniel shows a flicker of humanity and you warm to him, the nagging feeling that he’s hiding a past full of secrets will prevent you from fully embracing this seemingly wronged man.
Much of this is down to Aden Young’s terrific performance. Presenting Daniel as a gentle giant, his hulking great frame belies his soft spoken, slightly awkward personality, but also hints at a potential to be the monster people think he is.