Monday, July 21, 2014

What I’m Watching: Rectify

Rectify: Season 2, Episode 5 “Act As If” (B+)

Plenty is changing on this show as its characters are being put into new situations where they have the opportunity to share feelings and opinions that haven’t been dredged up recently. Most startling was the aftermath of Daniel’s visit to a store while on the hunt for a new, or rather old, stove. It does make sense that the people most likely to approach Daniel with an open mind would be those with a more open attitude to most things. That doesn’t mean that Daniel would necessarily respond well to such invitations, and he did his best being put in his first mass social situation in a long time, standing up most importantly for his desire not to be physically chained to anything. We’ve seen the effect of being on death row on Daniel, but not as much on Janet, particularly in how she dealt with the repeated news that Daniel was not going to be executed and that a chapter of her life would still remain open. It’s disconcerting to know that Senator Foulkes is still actively building a case against Daniel, far from satisfied with the notion of even ten years in prison. Amantha is failing miserably at her new job, and something tells me that the opportunity to move to Boston and start over won’t ultimately appeal. It’s so interesting to see how Tawney and Ted look at each other, and to hear them discuss business, college, and pregnancy all in the same conversation with a sort of detached but curious outlook.

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