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Rectify “Sleeping Giants” 

Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/Sundance TV
Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/Sundance TV

I’m confident in saying that there are few dramas on television like Rectify. It’s a show with odd pacing, but it never feels like a drag. It’s well acted, beautiful to look at and has a premise with unique themes and characteristics. It’s an appealing show because it wraps a bunch of characters into a situation that is quite serious, but it’s unclear as to the real truth of that situation. Rectify isn’t in a hurry to reveal that truth, nor should it be, and the series has found ways to make everything around Daniel Holden’s release from prison fascinating and heartbreaking all at once. It’s a marvelous show to consume.

“Sleeping Giants” continues to delve into Daniel’s family, which began in last week’s premiere. One of the great things about this show is its talented cast and everyone gets a chance to shine in this episode. With Daniel still in a coma, Abigail Spencer gets to showcase how good she truly is as Amantha. In my mind she’s the co-star of this show and I think that statement rings true in this episode because she steps her game up here. Her inner battle with herself as it pertains to Daniel’s current state is intriguing to watch. And the whole thing comes to fruition when she sees Daniel come out of his coma in a positive way. It’s beautiful to watch.

Rectify as a whole is quite beautiful as well. Themes of faith and the meaning of life are critical to this show, so whether it’s the strife between Tawney and Ted and whether their faith in each other can last, or Janet’s positive thinking and sense of humor in a difficult situation, Rectify finds a way to balance these themes out nicely. I also think it’s amazing to watch, as Daniel remains in a coma, the surrounding characters picking up the necessary load and running with it. This cast is stacked with great actors and it makes this show so much more enjoyable to watch when in every scene you’re getting quality performances.

I also love how this episode continues to reveal small doses of information about Daniel’s past and whether he actually committed the crime or not. I’m still on the fence about it, but it’ll be interesting to see this play out now that he’s out of his coma. It will also be nice to see Daniel bounce off of the rest of the cast once again. Season two is off to quite a start and it helps that we’re getting 10 episodes instead of the short order of 6 in season one. Sometimes less is more, but in Rectify’s case more is much, much better.

Rectify airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Sundance TV.

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