TVMA, 1 hr episodes, Cinemax Network
This show is a guilty pleasure of mine. I remember feeling that way when I was hearing about it, I just had this lingering idea that I wanted to watch it, and i’m glad I did. Before I go any further, let me say that this show is very graphic and really earns the mature rating. So now that we got that out of the way lets get into it shall we?
Banshee is about an ex-con Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) who assumes the identity of a sheriff that was murdered right when hes passing through Banshee, a small Amish town in Pennsylvania. He really starts taking the role seriously and disbanding his own brand of justice. Its not by the book but he has his reasons and you sympathize with him because his character is pretty well fleshed out. The other characters are all very believable and well done, especially his old flame, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) who is a beautiful fighter that you really get to understand as the story wears on.
Banshee is really all about the action, it just helps that the characters are solid as well. There is a bit of disbelief you will have to suspend to enjoy this show, but its well worth it as the directing and script keep things going at a steady pace, and the choreography is fantastic. Things get very visceral in this show, and im not going to lie, season 3 will have you on the edge of your seat. This is one of those few shows that really does get better with each season, I cant believe they are ending it next season. Some of the action sequences are so good, I felt like I was watching a live action version of Mortal Kombat. The villain in the show, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) is amazing. You get to understand why hes become the monster he is, and you really sympathize with his need to break away from the Amish tradition that he was thrust into and become his own man, while avoiding the law and making shady deals on the side.
There are a few other characters that are very fleshed out and paid meticulous detail to that I wont spoil here. Banshee is one of those shows that just keeps getting better. If you like season 1, just keep watching, trust me.
Things get so crazy in season 3 you’ll be watching 2-4 episodes in a row. Its so well done, so addicting, that it just feels like a long, epic action movie that you just happen to be in the middle of. Turn up the sound, tell the neighbors to shut up, and watch some ass get kicked. Banshee is one of my favorite action shows, and one my favorite shows in general. No one feels safe, and the show really goes all the way. Check it out.