Young plays Daniel Holden, whose imprisonment on death row for murder was overturned, and whose release back into the world, after 19 years, set all sorts of unexpected events into motion. That included the brutal assault on him that closed the first season, with the aftermath of that violence dominating the early stages here, as Daniel initially lays in a coma, while others in the small town grapple with what happened.
Clayne Crawford), who works with dad (Bruce McKinnon) running the family business; and Ted Jr.'s wife (Adelaide Clemens), to whom Daniel is drawn, and vice versa.
Series creator Ray McKinnon manages to incorporate various elements associated with serialized drama into the narrative (such as the local sheriff, played by J.D. Evermore, investigating the beating), while infusing the show with poetic qualities, aided immeasurably by Young's exquisite, tightly coiled performance. And it all unfolds so assiduously, sprinkling out story with an eye dropper, that the series might as well be subtitled "The Recapper's Nightmare."
"Everything out here is so complicated," Daniel muses at one point, suggesting he remains bottled up, only in a different and more confusing sort of confinement.
Thanks to its tone, "Rectify" perfectly encapsulates a cable environment that makes this sort of niche offering possible. Indeed, the mind boggles at the thought of a broadcast-length season.
Sundance will eventually have to judge just how viable that model really is from a business perspective, but for now, the channel has a series that puts it on the map with the big boys, quality-wise. And in TV terms, that alone represents its own kind of breakout.
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