Rhett Vision Motion Pictures and Flyrock Media presents ‘Vindication,’ a faith-based police drama surrounding a veteran detective dealing a new partner and the return of his estranged daughter. The first season ran for eleven episodes and presents an episodic format.
Detective Travis (Todd Terry) is a veteran detective living in a small Texas town with his wife Becky (Peggy Schott). He goes about solving various crimes when his boss Sgt. Bill Tomlinson (Steve Mokate) assigns him a new partner to train, Kris Tanner (Venus Monique) whose youthful optimism bothers him. To frustrate him further, his estranged daughter Katie (Emma Elle Roberts) returns after a stint in drug rehab. This complicates matters as he navigates his work-life and home-life while finding God’s hand in several incidents he investigates.
Right out of the gate, I want to say that the series is a little bit cheesy with its dialogue and its circumstances. They seem to revolve around specific incidents, but it does not take you out of the show. It essentially has a nineties-feel to it when it comes to the tone and the style of writing, which is refreshing in a way, but more on that later.
As for the acting, it’s not bad. The principal cast all do an excellent job with their roles, bringing their characters to the forefront of the story. The recurring Matt Holmes as the CSI officer Kevin is a standout as well. The special guest stars such as Ben Davies, Amanda Erickson, Masey McClain, Jordan Elsass, Ashley Bratcher along with several others add flavor to the episodes. It’s nothing to blow your mind, but it’s also not awful.
Jarod O’Flaherty is the series director and he takes great care with how it is presented. The format is comparable with the early seasons of A&E’s Longmire, which presented an episodic format with the crimes that take place while having Travis’ personal life as an overarching plot to the first season. I think this was the smart thing to do because it allowed for crime-solving while other themes were explored.
One final note, this series is refreshing. As a faith-based show, it touches on themes such as purity, fidelity, envy, greed, prayer, but it also treads on hatred, murder, drug-use, abuse, and even human trafficking, but all without adding anything gratuitous. Now, I don’t shy away from violence and what-not on television. However, the constant flow of depravity does get old after a while. This makes Vindication is a calm in the storm. It is something that touches on hard topics, but you can still watch it with your family without worrying about something flashing on the screen.
The show has been renewed for a second season and is available on Amazon Prime and Tubi.
Check out the trailer below:
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