Rectify (2013–2016)
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Daniel questions Jon Stern's advice. Tawney reconsiders her choices and Ted, Jr. asks a favor. Janet makes an upsetting discovery. Amantha levels with Jon Stern. Sheriff Daggett investigates a lead.


Stephen Gyllenhaal


Ray McKinnon (created by), Ray McKinnon | 2 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Aden Young ... Daniel Holden
Abigail Spencer ... Amantha Holden
J. Smith-Cameron ... Janet Talbot
Adelaide Clemens ... Tawney Talbot
Clayne Crawford ... Ted Talbot Jr.
Luke Kirby ... Jon Stern
Bruce McKinnon ... Ted Talbot Sr.
Jake Austin Walker ... Jared Talbot
Michael O'Neill ... Senator Roland Foulkes
J.D. Evermore ... Sheriff Carl Daggett
Sean Bridgers ... Trey Willis
Sharon Conley ... D.A. Sondra Person
Stuart Greer ... Lid Comphrey
Willie C. Carpenter ... Turner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linds Edwards ... Bobby Dean


Daniel questions Jon Stern's advice. Tawney reconsiders her choices and Ted, Jr. asks a favor. Janet makes an upsetting discovery. Amantha levels with Jon Stern. Sheriff Daggett investigates a lead.

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21 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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The classical piece that accompanies the last sequence, "Fratres", has been described as a "mesmerising set of variations on a six-bar theme combining frantic activity and sublime stillness that encapsulates Arvo Pärt's observation that 'the instant and eternity are struggling within us'." See more »


Daniel Holden: I hurt him, humiliated him, something I learned in prison, something to make a man feel powerless. It wasn't rape, but it was violent. And...
Tawney Talbot: ...and what?
Daniel Holden: Unhinged.
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Flowers in your Hair
Performed by The Lumineers
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S2: Rewarding but at times it is almost deliberately glacial
23 May 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I almost wish that Rectify was not as well considered and highly rated as it is, because in some ways the hype make it a harder show to be patient with. I try to put such things out of my mind while watching, but I confess during the first half of this season, that I did struggle with the thoughts of the 99% ratings on Metacritic etc and connecting them to what I was watching. I do not mean to suggest that the show is not good (it is very good), but in this season it seemed to be almost deliberate in seeing how slowly it could move and how little it could get away with showing in any given episode. This glacial pace makes it hard to stay patient, because it is so consistent in asking you to stay with the small looks, the minor affectations of characters, and other things that hint at unspoken motivations and feelings. I am surprised more people do not say this, because even liking the show, there were moments where the pace was too slow.

Part of this is the season running longer than the first, at ten episodes. I'm not suggested it is related, but I do note that the third season is back on six episodes again. The second half of this season does pick up a bit, as things come to the surface, and the crime element starts to have movement. To a point a lot of the various threads engaging does come down to how much time it put into the small things, so there is that – and it is this that makes me continue to trust the show that it is right to ask me to go with it. I doubt it will ever erupt into major action and revelations, but in the meantime it is subtle in its content – mostly in a rewarding way, but certainly not in a wholly accessible way.

Putting the gushing critics out of my mind for the minute, this season does produce a good bed of characterization, and has a strong second half. It asks a lot of patience but mostly rewards it with interesting characters and interactions, even if parts of this season feel like they are stretching it as slow as possible. I hope the next season can be much more in the vein of the latter episodes here – they do not give up this base of character, but they also have more to engage with on the surface as well as in the bed.

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