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Banshee “Requiem” Review (4×08)

20 May

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“What are you going to do now?”

Early on in “Requiem”, certain characters refer to what they do as a “bad habit”, recognizing that they’ve all been caught up in a cycle of violence for a while now. It’s true, of course; as Job says at the end, every time he tries to leave, something happens that causes him to get stuck again in Banshee. This type of pattern was hammered home throughout the course of the series, playing out among multiple characters as they grappled with past, present, and identity. Naturally, it’s the big question everyone is asked in the series finale, and their subsequent responses mark moments of forward movement as we leave the show for good. “Requiem” is extremely fitting, to put it simply.

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Banshee “Truths Other Than the Ones You Tell Yourself” Review (4×07)

13 May

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“Who are you?”

It’s a question that has been on everyone’s mind since the series premiere, but Lucas Hood has oftentimes avoided having to confront it head-on. He attempts to do the same in the penultimate episode as he sits in a basement with Brock, but the current sheriff pushes hard, getting him to face the truth and vocalize his internal struggles. It’s a phenomenal scene for both Matt Servitto and Antony Starr, and it’s permeated by the history between the two of them, by the internal conflicts that have plagued these characters throughout the series. It’s a scene about identity and who you want to be, and fittingly for Hood, it’s about the truth he tells himself. “The lie took over,” he tells Brock. “I believed it. I was the sheriff. I was a cop and I liked it. Somehow, it just felt right.” On the other side, Brock laments to Hood: “I never got to be the sheriff I wanted to be.” These feelings feel very real and very weighty, and Banshee proves here that it’s not just your typical action show.

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Banshee “Innocent Might Be a Bit of a Stretch” Review (4×04)

22 Apr

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“What a fun group!”

My thoughts exactly. We’re halfway through the final season of Banshee, and I’m without a doubt going to miss all of these characters that I know and love. What the series also has to do at this point, though, is effectively delve into new characters as it fleshes out its final storylines, and its execution in this regard is a mixed bag. The positive aspects of that bag? 1) Eliza Dushku pretty seamlessly entering the picture as Special Agent Veronica Dawson, and 2) Randall Cody Watts revealed to be Maggie’s father. In the case of the latter, I’m liking how the show is handling Calvin Bunker, making him a three-dimensional character and another worthy antagonist to watch.

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Banshee “Something Out of the Bible” Review (4×01)

1 Apr

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“Remember, Hood, you’re not the sheriff anymore.”

“I never was.”

And thus returns the most badass show on television. The image above is a perfect encapsulation of this show in all its glory, and the fight scene that follows features the show’s typical impeccable camera work and choreography. It’s just all such a thrill to watch unfold, and although I’ll certainly miss these types of scenes after the series concludes, I’m simultaneously glad that Tropper and co. know when they want to end. Like Spartacus–the show that evoked the most similar response in me as this one does–Banshee is intent on going out with a bang, and I look forward to seeing Clay Burton lay waste to the entire world.

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Banshee “We All Pay Eventually” Review (3×10)

14 Mar

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“You know, being the sheriff never really suited you.”

For three seasons, we’ve watched Lucas Hood attempt to be a sheriff, to find some semblance of an identity, to balance the lifestyles of an outlaw and a lawman. At the same time, we’ve also seen him grow increasingly tired with the lifestyle, with all the loss and destruction and violence around him. Sure, he’s the kind of guy who always gets drawn back into the fray, but ever since Siobhan’s death, there’s been an emptiness in him that has slowly reached the surface; avenging Siobhan brought closure for Hood regarding her, but it also served to muddle the waters of who exactly he is and who he wants to be.

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Banshee “Even God Doesn’t Know What to Make of You” Review (3×09)

7 Mar

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“We got a lot of history, you and me. Maybe that’s all it should be: history.”

Before Banshee‘s truly brilliant third season comes to a close, it takes a quick breather–relatively speaking, of course–with “Even God Doesn’t Know What to Make of You”. It’s an episode that focuses on aftermaths and consequences, on relationships and endings and new beginnings, and it clearly highlights the positions that all our characters find themselves in. It’s not the best episode of the show, but it’s an hour filled with wonderful human moments, moments that remind us, before the inevitable explosion next week, how well-written and well-acted these characters are.

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Banshee “All the Wisdom I Got Left” Review (3×08)

27 Feb

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“You can’t kill me. You’re just a man, and no man can kill me.”

When this show says it’s going to do something, it does it. It wastes no time playing cute games or throwing in filler, and as much as a Chayton-Hood showdown would make for an exciting season finale, it works just as well here in episode eight. “All the Wisdom I Got Left” is a satisfying, thrilling, and brutal close to the Chayton-Hood storyline, and once again, it is Banshee operating at its best.

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