One of the reasons I was initially drawn to Rectify is because it’s one of the handful of TV series filmed in Georgia that is actually set in Georgia. The series is set in the fictional town of Paulie, which is located down below Atlanta. Well, that’s how some people from North Georgia, such as myself would describe it.
Okay, now that we know where everything is, let’s get on with it.
Daniel Holden (Aden Young) was condemned to die for the murder of Hanna Dean–a murder he confessed to. But things aren’t always what they seem to be.
Southerners tend to have a healthy skepticism of federal and state government, yet they often aren’t the least bit wary of local law enforcement. Some people think that since Daniel confessed, that means he’s guilty. Maybe it does, but not always.
Daniel’s family, especially his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer), kept clinging on to the belief that Daniel was innocent. Amantha enlists the help of an advocacy group in order to get Daniel released. Attorney Jon Stern (Luke Kirby) discovers that there is no DNA evidence that links Daniel to the crime. The next thing you know, Daniel is a free man. “Free” being a relative term.
Daniel is a man released into a world that is familiar, yet quite different. It’s as if he is a time traveler that was forced to the slow path. When I was a kid I expected the future to bring us jet packs, but all I got were Big Gulps and big box stores. Kind of depressing if you think about it too much.
Rectify is not afraid of silence and quiet contemplation. When the actors are left to their own thoughts or in a room filled with random crap something almost magic happens. Props like feather pillows, hip waders, or a Walkman and a Stone Temple Pilots cassette can elicit all kinds of emotions and/or bring memories flooding back. That is when Rectify truly shines.