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Watch Rectify One Week Before It Premieres on Sundance Channel

Sundance Channel and the producers of Breaking Bad are about to premiere the startling new drama Rectify—and you can see the first two episodes for free right now, by clicking here.

Check out the extended trailer, below. If that doesn't entice you, our entertainment editor's review surely will.

There's a scene in the second hour of the Sundance Channel's Rectify premiere that perfectly sums up the new show's allure: Daniel Holden (Aden Young), recently freed from death row by new DNA evidence after 19 years, walks out onto the grass of a baseball diamond in his small home town and just lies there to feel the warmth of the sun on his face. His spitfire sister (Abigail Spencer) watches from afar with a mix of pity and awe. Later, in her own solitary moment, she lies in the grass to look up at the sky too.

After watching Rectify, I wanted to do the same—to feel the sun on my skin as if for the first time. It's a show with grace, with quiet moments that draw you in and envelop you. It has intrigue, too—local officials still want to land Holden back in the electric chair. There are beautiful women. Spencer and Adelaide Clemens, as Daniel's sweet-hearted sister-in-law, both give magnetic performances. And it has real-world social relevance. According to The Innocence Project, since the first DNA exoneration took place in 1989, more than 300 people in the United States have been freed by DNA testing, including 18 who served time on death row, spending an average 13 years in prison before their release. But it's those quiet moments that keep ringing in your ears after the credits roll.

From Sundance Channel: Daniel's alleged crime divided a community. His freedom could tear it in half. Premieres Monday, April 22, at 9 P.M.

—Nojan Aminosharei, Details entertainment editor

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Photo courtesy of Sundance Channel
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