Thursday, November 3, 2016

What I’m Watching: Rectify (Season Premiere)

Rectify: Season 4, Episode 1 “A House Divided” (B)

I saw that the final season of this show got a score of 100% from Metacritic, a pretty impressive feat. I know that, even though many people still don’t know about this show, anyone who watches it tends to be in awe. I’ve been watching it since the beginning and do think it’s very good, but I also know that it can fall victim to glacial placing. What it did at the end of the season was bold and risky, and now we have an episode with just one of the show’s stars and the whole rest of the cast absent. Aden Young is more than capable of carrying an hour with his slow drawl, and he was joined by two extremely capable actors in this season opener. I’m a big fan of Caitlin FitzGerald, who regularly stars on “Masters of Sex,” and her artist squad member who compared Daniel’s time in prison to her time spent in a sorority as something neither of them are proud of is certainly intriguing. I also like Scott Lawrence, who I realize I must recognize from playing a judge on “The Grinder,” and his portrayal of Avery here conveys wisdom, generosity, and a determination not to judge anyone. This episode was all about the conversations, covering subjects like creating something and the value of a person’s life, and learning how to play cards at the end was an effective representation of second chances. I’d appreciate a bit more energy and plot development in episode two, but I sort of know what to expect from this show at this point.

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