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Rectify “Weird as You” Review (2×07)

1 Aug


“I know you. Now, you know you.”

This season, we’ve seen a Daniel Holden who wants to move forward, who wants to zoom off in a car to Atlanta and live a life as Donald the Normal, someone who’s appreciated for his intellect rather than his story. Recently, though, we’ve seen a Daniel Holden who confronts the past, who returned to the water’s edge at the end of the last episode and is now being taken on a trip down memory lane by Trey.

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Rectify “Act as If” Review (2×05)

18 Jul


“Act as if you belong here.”

Prison deprives you of a “normal” life, and while sometimes, you may deserve the punishment, for innocent people who’ve lost years for something they didn’t do, it’s especially devastating to look back and realize that they were failed by the law, that there were things they didn’t get to do because of a flawed system. Daniel isn’t someone who holds any deep-seated grudges, but there’s been a gradual build of frustration within him, an, as I put it last week, accumulation of weights piled onto his shoulders.

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Rectify “Donald the Normal” Review (2×04)

11 Jul


“Thank you for, well, for Kerwin. He was a good person, and he was my friend. I miss him every day.”

Donald the Normal is a version of Daniel that’s been pushed aside by the rest of society, buried under the details of the case and whether he’s guilty or innocent. For all the labels that have been slapped on him–killer, celebrity-of-sorts, oddball, rapist–there’s one that has been constantly missing: human.

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Rectify “Charlie Darwin” Review (2×03)

3 Jul


“It’s fun to pretend. It’s as simple as that.”

Hollis is on death row. He had people searching for answers, believing in him until the evidence came out, standing by who they thought was an innocent man. It’s a situation that’s very similar to that of Daniel’s stint in prison, but it’s clear that this man is in no way the man Daniel is. Their world views are polar opposites, one looking at all humans as able to be saved, the other lacking regret when the truth comes out about the lie he lived.

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Rectify “Sleeping Giants” Review (2×02)

26 Jun


“Well, Daniel Holden, it’s time to bring you back to the land of the living. I hope you’re ready for it, because it’s a shit show.”

Sleeping giants always wake up. This is what Jon Stern tells Hollis, a prisoner about to be executed, someone who Jon wasn’t able to save, someone whose impending death takes a personal toll on the death row lawyer. We didn’t see him in the premiere, but here he is, looking like he hasn’t slept in a week; therein we find the prevalent theme in “Sleeping Giants”: exhaustion.

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Rectify “Running with the Bull” Review (2×01)

19 Jun

aeb1759f623d4fb1cf3ca3915720346b“If you’re lying in a coma and you just can’t deal with it anymore and you’re just too tired and you’re ready to see what’s on the other side, it’s not my place to tell you what to do, brother. It’s just not my place. But whatever you decide, I’ll still love you, D. Always. Forever and always.”

Rectify is one of the most moving, unique, and breathtaking television shows I’ve ever seen, and it’s only been seven episodes thus far. “Running with the Bull” kicks off the second season with a wonderful look at the fallout of the beating Daniel took at the end of season one, and the episode proves that the show is as good as ever.

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Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

7 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….


Dream Ballot

 Monica-Potter-of-Parenthood_gallery_primary MONICA POTTER, “Parenthood”
Potter’s arc in the past season is one that has been done to death in various television shows and movies, but she brings a new kind of vulnerability and complexity to it. Kristina Braverman is just searching for normalcy, and she can make you laugh and cry all at once.
emmy-watch-rectify  ABIGAIL SPENCER, “Rectify”
Spencer plays Amantha Holden, the sister of a man that’s been recently released from jail. She reaches out to him, trying to get through his hard exterior. Her quiet desperation and genuine love for him is beautiful to watch unfold, and their relationship is mesmerizing (just like Abigail Spencer).
196217268_1772603609001_AMC-InsideBB-S5-MakingOfEp504-FiftyOne  ANNA GUNN, “Breaking Bad”
Being the wife of a criminal mastermind is not an easy thing. Gunn is excellent at portraying the shock, confusion, and helplessness of Skyler White, to the point where her character almost gives up. Her performance in “Fifty-One” is one of the most heartbreaking and intense performances ever given.
Game-of-Thrones-Season-3-Catelyn-Stark  MICHELLE FAIRLEY, “Game of Thrones”
Cast members like Emilia Clarke get more recognition, but Fairley is the stand out in season 3. It’s a quieter, less showy performance, but everything eventually crescendoes until it explodes in “The Rains of Castamere”, one of the best TV episodes of all time. It also includes a heartbreaking performance by Fairley.
2013-04-30-rectify  ADELAIDE CLEMENS, “Rectify”
I usually wouldn’t nominate two from the same show, but Clemens’s performance is amazing. She becomes an emotional center of the show, depicting religion in a way that has never been done before on TV. It’s an unexpected, gorgeous, and nuanced performance.
Christina-Hendricks-of-Mad-Men_gallery_primary  CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, “Mad Men”
I’m still angry she didn’t win for “The Other Woman”. If she didn’t win for that, she won’t win for a season in which she has less of a major role. However, her time on screen is still well utilized, providing an excellent contrast to Peggy and being a great foil for many people in the office.
Who should win? I can’t make this decision.
Others considered: Caroline Dhavernas, Joelle Carter, Emilia Clarke, Maggie Smith, Mae Whitman, Christine Baranski, Hayden Panettiere, January Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Elizabeth McGovern, Betsy Brandt, Erika Christensen, Lena Headey, Regina King, Melissa Leo, Madeleine Stowe, Lauren Graham, Maggie Siff, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Carpenter, Morena Baccarin, Bellamy Young, Annet Mahendru, Jessica Capshaw, Olivia Cooke, Olivia Munn, Deborah Ann Woll, Jessica Paré, Sandra Oh (This is an absolutely stacked category)
On to the real nominations…
 Morena Baccarin-Homeland
Christine Baranski-The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke-Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn-Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks-Mad Men
Maggie Smith-Downton Abbey
Who should win?
Who will win?
Analysis: It’s about time the voters recognized the tremendous work of Anna Gunn, but Smith has the experience, and is riding off of last year’s win. I don’t think there’s much competition here, but if there’s anyone that can pull off an upset, it’s Gunn.
Credit to Sundance, AMC, NBC, HBO, Parenthood, Game of Thrones, Rectify, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad for all pictures. I own nothing.
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