Rectify Aden Young

I’ve been meaning to get a post up about my trip to NY, but that’ll have to wait (probably until it’s been so long it doesn’t matter anymore). But, in the meantime, I’m going to tell you about the best show you’re probably not watching (and maybe haven’t even heard of)…

It’s called Rectify and it’s on the Sundance Channel. It was just picked up for a second season, and I couldn’t be more pleased. The first season, which is still airing (Mondays at 10), is only six episodes.You can likely catch up on demand (the first two episodes are even streaming on Sundance’s site) and it’ll probably be on Netflix shortly after the season ends in two weeks. And all of them are on Amazon already, so if you have $10 to spare, you can buy the whole season right now, like I did. And you should. This is the best thing I’ve seen on TV in a long time. It’s a very different show from anything else on the air. It’s slow and quiet and thoughtful. It makes you think about what it means to be alive, what is real, what is just… That makes it (and me!) sound sort of pretentious, and maybe some people would react to the show that way, but it’s really and truly an amazing piece of television. The basic premise is a guy, who was sentenced to death at 18 for the rape and murder of his high-school girlfriend, gets out of jail after 19 years based on some finally-tested DNA evidence. The show deals with his life after prison (the six episodes take place during the following six days), informed by flashbacks to his time on death row. There’s an overarching plot about the town’s reaction to his release, his potential re-trial, his guilt or innocence, with a bit of whodunnit mystery built in (because it is, after all, a TV show and not a Terrence Malik film–though it does look a bit like one sometimes) as well, but the series is really built around Aden Young’s amazingly powerful and quiet performance. This is a man who’s almost completely lost and overwhelmed and it’s an incredible thing to watch. I can’t recommend Rectify highly enough. Do yourself a favor and give it a shot. I was hooked after the first fifteen minutes.

2 Thoughts on “Rectify

  1. Nice post, Cristina. Hard to find good writing about RECTIFY. Found you on twitter. You really made me laugh with your comment about your successful evangelizing about this show. (“Two down, everyone else to go.”)

    I might have finally reached (temporary!) saturation, but I watched and rewatched this show endlessly over the past weeks. The last time I felt anything close to this was with Deadwood. It’s just…sublime and moving and he is…well, you know.

  2. I love Deadwood too!

    I need to re-watch Rectify, but I’m giving myself a little time. I don’t think I can handle it again so soon! :)

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