Vindication wanders from its original strengths
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Last year, we reported that Redeem TV’s Vindication, a well-acted police drama centered on the fictional town of East Bank, Texas, made for “compelling viewing.”
The second season of Vindication is less arresting. In each of its first four episodes, police officers’ relationship blues consume much of the half-hour show. While the first season also allotted scant time to investigative elements, it told stories with teachable moments about family turmoil related to the crimes.
Season 2 is more a workplace soap opera. Sgt. Gary Travis (Todd Terry) has had no knowledge of his mother’s whereabouts. His wife, Becky (Peggy Schott), part of a women’s prison ministry, happens to meet her behind bars. Meanwhile, Travis is vying with the surly commander of another precinct for the chief’s job. And there’s a romantic triangle involving two female officers and the department’s IT guy. More teachable moments? Barely, and at the expense of the crime stories: After an initial query, one or two short scenes abruptly wrap up each investigation.
Happily, the new season corrects earlier costume missteps—no more skimpy dresses (so far)—despite at least one sensual camera shot. There’s no other offensive material, unless you count some secondary characters’ awkwardly written roles. The Biblical perspectives, however, remain solid and relevant.
“There is no sin that can place us beyond the reach of God’s love,” Becky tells an inmate. Vindication fans might be less generous of the latest episodes.
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