Banshee Season 2 Premiere Review: The Fallout

Banshee S02E01: "Little Fish"


When we last left Banshee, both the TV show and the town, all hell had broken loose. Figuratively, sure, but only barely. The end of the show's unbelievably fun first season brought with it a hail-fire of bullets, stabbings, blood, and a prevailing sense that everything "Lucas Hood" had built in his short time as the Sheriff of Banshee was over. The town was under siege, and perhaps worst of all, the body of the real Hood was discovered out in the woods. Before I sat down to watch the Season 2 premiere, "Little Fish," I thought about how Banshee might try to skirt away from some of these developments and get back to the fightin' and the sexin', because that's the kind of stuff that Banshee does really well. So imagine my (mostly pleasant) surprise that this episode was almost exclusively dedicated to examining the fallout from all that happened last season and putting the characters in some especially tight spaces that they'll have to expertly maneuver out of in the coming episodes. 

Banshee isn't a show that ignores long-simmering conflicts or problems; the whole enterprise is about the proverbial chickens coming home to roost. But what made "Little Fish" so interesting is that it chose not to explore these problems with hyper-violent action sequences, but with much quieter moments that forced the characters to consider some of their actions from Season 1, and in certain cases, from before that. When you bring in Zeljko Ivanek to play your show's new foil, it sends a signal that not every threat is going to be of the physical variety. Ivanek's Racine is in town not to figure out what the hell is going on with the bodies found in the woods, nor, necessarily, to put the hammer down on Banshee's Sheriff's Department (though he accomplished that anyway), but to find Rabbit, who is of course not dead because Banshee is that kind of show. Racine fits nicely into Banshee's world—he's a goal-driven asshole who chain smokes like few people do on television anymore—and Ivanek plays those kinds of characters beautifully. And more importantly, Racine's arrival means that Hood will likely be forced to find new ways to hide his past, his identity, and whatever else. So much of last season happened in a vacuum, but now there are other forces in play who are aware of what's happening in Banshee. 

A big chunk of this episode was dedicated to Racine's interrogation of Hood, his deputies, and Carrie, and although those scenes probably relied a little too much on intercutting flashbacks to the events of last season, they managed to provide the audience with a refresher of everything that's happened while reminding Brock, Emmett, and Siobhan of all of the really weird stuff that's smacked them in the face since their new boss arrived in town. Those characters are still in the dark about some of the important details, and forcing them to rehash everything they sacrificed for their sketchy badass of a Sheriff probably sets up future tension-filled stories between them (as "Little Fish" hinted at later, Siobhan's probably going to get tired of Hood's secrets and lies eventually). 


But where this episode really succeeded was in its treatment of Carrie. I thought Ivana Miličević did tremendous work last season, and she started Season 2 right where she left off. Although Hood is hiding secrets in a (relatively) high-profile job, Carrie is the character who actually has the most to lose as a result of what happened at the end of Season 1, and "Little Fish" dove right into those losses. Not only was Carrie forced to shoot her (admittedly murderous and insane) father, but she lost her family, her job, and her stature in the community in the process, and now she's likely facing jail time. All the law enforcement characters seemingly got off easy (ooooh, probation, watch out!), and Proctor isn't even on Racine's radar, so Carrie's the last remaining person to take the fall for the destruction. Simply put, that sucks. This episode did a fine job of acknowledging the crappy position Carrie's in without being especially sympathetic to that position. She recognizes the damage she's caused, particularly to her children, but now she's sort of screwed anyway. She has very few options but to turn back to Hood, Sugar, and Job, and to knock off an armored truck to make some money. You can obviously tell that she still enjoys the high-stakes criminal life, which Hood pointed out a few times throughout this hour, but there's a clear sense of the war waging inside her as well. Though she spent too much time as a criminal to give that up, she also spent too much time as a wife and a mom to fully let go of that either. 

After cleaning up last season's messes—which also included a nice memorial to Mayor Kendall delivered by a drugged-up Gordon—the second half of this episode introduced quite a bit of set-up for the season's worth of stories to come. The armored truck robbery served as the episode's big set piece, and it was well-worth it, empty road and all. But we were also re-introduced to Odette Annable's Nola Longshadow (whose Season 1 presence I honestly forgot about); as Banshee characters are wont to do, she spent part of the episode shooting an automatic weapon while riding a motorcycle and the other part having sex with Hood. I'm hoping that the show digs deeper into the Native American tribe stuff this season, and if this episode was any indication, we're getting just that. The destruction of the hotel at the end of Season 1 has put Anthony Ruiviviar's chief Alex in hot water with the Tribal Council (not the one from Survivor, unfortunately), and Hood and company's robbery of the casino's money certainly didn't help matters. Nola's seduction of Hood (which didn't take much) is almost certain to pull the Native American story more toward the forefront, at least early in the season. That's a good thing.

Finally, this episode only spent a few moments with Kai and Rebecca, which is unfortunate, albeit unsurprising, given all the clean-up the show had to get through. But in their short time together, Kai convinced Rebecca to eschew returning to the Amish countryside and apologizing, which will surely go over well with members of their extended family. 

As Banshee episodes go, "Little Fish" was a bit quieter and more contemplative than normal. But I think necessarily so. Although this is a series that thrives when embracing its silly, violent side, this premiere was a nice signal that all that violence and action isn't just for the hell of it. There are consequences, and the show's characters are going to have to face them pretty quickly this season. 



CASE NOTES

– The premiere spent very little time on the investigation of the bodies found in the woods, and there wasn't any mention of the real Hood's son, who we saw in the Season 1 finale. I'm sure that stuff is coming, though. 

– Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like Antony Starr had a better handle on his English accent here. Perhaps he practiced quite a bit between shooting Season 1 and Season 2, or perhaps I'm getting more comfortable with his delivery. 

– As I said, the flashbacks to last season were probably a little unnecessary at times. Maybe Cinemax is really hoping that people will jump into the show with Season 2 after the good buzz last year, but you rarely see that kind of hand-holding on pay cable.


How'd you feel about the season premiere? Enough action for you?


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Mar 08, 2014
This and Scandal are my favorite shows now. Good acting, fast moving, unpredictable and above all ongoing character development. Flaws that one ccan see in themselves. Thank you all.
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Feb 28, 2014
If there's a smaller man who comes off bigger on screen than Zeljko Ivanek...I'd love to hear it. At 5'5", he can't be more than 135lbs but his presence and badass factor far exceed his stature. I almost want to see the script notes when he looks at Hood's file. I've got to presume, in the end, it was, "Damn! He looks an awful lot like that moob we tried to flip who in turn made that detective look like a jackass". Cause really, even in this world, a con identity thieving a sheriff isn't something you'd ever think would happen for real.

Even though he's clearly only interested in Rabbit, does he at some point look up to see when that dude from interrogation was released from prison, see that it was a week before Hood showed up in a town where the daughter of the gangster who's been missing for 15 years, coincidentally the same amount of time he was in jail, has been hiding out? He's gotta, right? I know this show doesn't take itself too seriously, but it wouldn't re-introduce a character who knows Hood before and after and just leave that hanging...would they?

I might have to re-watch, but was Hood wearing his badge when Nola picked him up at the bar?
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Feb 22, 2014
Anthony Starr is from New Zealand, and I think he does a pretty decent american accent, and I am very fussy when it comes to accents! Nothing worse than fake Irish accents for instance. Tom Cruise anyone? ;)
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Jan 20, 2014
If you ever stay till the completion of the credits the show rewards you with little snippets and curious scenes. I was well aware Nola Longshadow would become a catalyst for some conflict in this season since at the end of one particular episode last season they showed her tossing a tomohawk at a target revealing her "combatative skills" in a sinister foreshadowing of action yet to come.

Damn you Hood for being such a super capable Alpha Male and effortless ladykiller and yet still doing scenes of vulnerability that have me gasping for air right along with you.
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Jan 15, 2014
I was glad to see the first episode of this season introduce a little thing called consequences. Watching the first season required a certain suspension of disbelief, but it is a lot of fun. A little believability wouldn't hurt Banshee and definitely didn't make it boring. They've crafted a well-layered show with a lot of space for interesting developments. There aren't many series with a premise that can't be explained in a sentence (maybe in one long, run-on sentence), but Banshee is one of them.

I like the character of Racine; his stake in this reminds me of Frank Lundy, from Dexter, who became one of the most interesting characters on that show.
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Jan 15, 2014
When I saw the first episode of Season 5 of Justified, I was like, wouaw, that is as good as always. With Banshee, It felt more like "WTF ?". I found the acting as well as the realisation very poor. Concerning the story, it looks like a suite of scenes thrown at the fans just to introduce season 2. I'll continue watching few more episodes because Season 1 was so excellent, I think it is just an acciddent.
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Jan 13, 2014
I was a bit bored at the beginning of the episode and thinking that maybe Banshee had given everything in season 1 and there was nothing left. But then the episode develops. I think this will still be entertaining. The limitations of the new situation and the need of still staying in town have been sufficiently explained and are fairly believable. So we are all set! Bring it on!
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Jan 13, 2014
"English" accent? Antony Starr is from New Zealand (English is his first language) and is putting on a fairly generic American drawl for this character. There is no "English accent" anywhere on this show.
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Jan 15, 2014
That made me laugh too.
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Jan 13, 2014
Hot Damn. Ivana on Craig Ferguson. I swear she looks more like a Titan with each 'real' outing.
What can you say? The episode had Peter Rabbit. Ocean's 11. Judge Judy. Cowboys and Indians. Religion. A continuing Job (or is love a job!) too far. And an advert the Marlboro Man clearly missed.
Super stuffing for things passed and yet to come. As with all things you love, there's the fear and the hope, but I found this outing to offer enough of each. This was clearly written like a signposted pilot; with the addition of Alice in Wonderland, and I'm taking the Drink Me potion.
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Jan 13, 2014
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Jan 12, 2014
I thought season 1 was great, but honestly I had serious problems remembering what had happened in the last episode now that the second season is beginning. Perhaps the break between seasons was just too long. Other than that, the pace of the show continues the same, which is good.
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Jan 12, 2014
Spot on review Cody, thoroughly entertaining but the flashbacks should've been ditched in favour of "previously on Banshee". Other than that the "mess" was handled very well, re-burying Hood deeper was great.
Excellent characterisation but hopefully Burton will be back next time.

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Jan 12, 2014
Couple of things, love this show, glad it's back and that TV.com are finally giving it the attention it deserves. Bizarrely, of all the batshit crazy stuff that goes down on this show, the Rabbit vs squirrel scene was one of the most disturbing things I've seen so far. I think that says more about me than the show, tbh. Also, not sure what was meant by Anthony Starr's "english" accent. He's a Kiwi doing an american accent. Unless I'm misunderstanding something?
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Jan 12, 2014
As soon as the squirrel got too close, I was like: No!! haven't had that sense of dred since the Red Wedding. :)
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Jan 12, 2014
I didn't watch Banshee last year when it aired. But everyone kept going on about it and yelling "BANSHEEEEE" in the comments, so I watched it at the beginning of the summer. And boy, it did not disappoint. A little bit over the top, but really entertaining.

Siobhan might be my favourite character. She seems to be the most honest one with an endearing combination of strength and vulnerability. It's also pretty clear that she is interested in Hood, which means there will be fireworks when she eventually finds out that he is a criminal.

Lesson from the first episode: Everyone should own an apartment only a few steps away from the local bar where for some reason beautiful, sex-hungry people seem to flock to.
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Jan 13, 2014
I am another one that just catched with season 1 recently, and I also have found it very entertaining.
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Jan 12, 2014
Same here, I just caught up with it in December and I'm not disappointed! I'm really looking forward to where this is going.
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Jan 12, 2014
I really enjoyed the premiere, for largely the same reasons given by Cory. It toned down the action and violence for a more in-depth look at the characters and the consequences of the finale of season 1, which I really approved of. I was hoping a bit more might come out of finding the real Hood's body so there might be a bit more tension about Hood being discovered, but I expect that will still be coming shortly with the real Hood's son seeing the video online in the post episode teaser during the finale.

All in all, no real complaints here about the premiere. Love that we're getting deeper into the Kinaho storyline, I expect we will be seeing alot more of the Longshadow siblings. Only complaint I can levy against the episode was a lack of Kai, who is easily my favorite villain on TV right now.
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Jan 12, 2014
Banshee is an awesome show. High octane, high stakes, high drama. For the naysayers, just sit back and enjoy the ride. It is well written and acted and I am only disappointed when the end credits come up. There are many shows I like but Banshee is high on the list, with Scandal, Justified, The Blacklist and of course Breaking Bad.
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Jan 12, 2014
It is a fine beginning to a tumultuous finale and the start of a new round of season two. I think it's a good thing to know where each character stands before we get into the blazing and mayhem. While most of the characters remained within their comfort zone.
We were introduced to the full range of the chaos oriented Nola, and her two scenes, the heist and fuck scene were really at the center of this episode. We already touched upon her kinetic violence last season when she first showed up,but she remains mysterious as to where she got this precipitation for destruction, this Kali-like hunger to break things and people. Her brother, the new chief, seems to know but he ain't talking.
Of course, Rabbit is not dead. If you thought he was, then you were missing the point of the whole finale. Within chaos, there is always a core of order and vice versa. Even within the thousands of bullets shot and some under clear intention, the core of the dynamics between Rabbit, Hood, and Carry/Anastasia is so attractive that it could not be broken.Imagine a fusion reaction of a radioactive element that is about to achieve critical mass. Either the whole atom fuses and the chain reaction does the rest or not. By that I mean, that they either survive all or die all; but one will not survive at the expense of the others.
I am looking forward to another season of a series which has not abated my fascination and high esteem in no way.
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Jan 12, 2014
I'm looking forward to the rest of the season

And Hood got laid!.
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Jan 12, 2014
Hood always get laid, like in almost every episode, but getting laid by Nola has some spice in it after she tried to kill the living shit off him during the heist. I think I am going to fall in love with that bitch.
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Jan 12, 2014
do you think it will lead to a chick fight
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Jan 13, 2014
@Kerkesh
Something like this?-

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Jan 13, 2014
you betcha and one for the ages.
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Jan 11, 2014
I had a long post written but I deleted it because maybe I was being overly critical. All in all though not one of the best episodes for sure, but I guess it did the job of resolving issues from last season and setting up this new one. The truck robbery sequence however I thought was fairly lame and not up to the heists of the previous season.
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Jan 12, 2014
I just thought it was a good way to set up the rest of the season

And Hood got laid.
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Jan 11, 2014
Was anyone else kinda bored, or was that my ADD kicking in?
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Jan 11, 2014
Silence before the storm. Can't wait for the show to go back in bat-shit-crazy mode again.
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Jan 11, 2014
Its a good premiere, not gun blazing though.Most of my thoughts had been written and commented upon.

Just one more thing. The scene where Rebecca was peeking.

Is it just me? I seem to always sense some sexual tension between Kai and Rebecca. Would Banshee touch on incest ? I wonder.
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Jan 12, 2014
I thin Kai is her uncle in a broad sense, as the Amish I understand have large families.
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Jan 12, 2014
No, Kai is actually her literal uncle, he explicitly stated that her mother is his sister when he confronted her family about shunning her.
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Jan 12, 2014
thank you for the clarification.Then it will be interesting to see what can of worms will spill from that situation.
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Jan 11, 2014
not just you...they definitely have a creepy vibe/tension
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Jan 12, 2014
I would call it "curious" rather than creepy :-)
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Jan 12, 2014
"you are probably related to Honey Boo Boo"~now you are just being mean;-(
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Jan 12, 2014
if the incestuous shoe fits ;-)
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Jan 12, 2014
"Do you have an uncle like Kai?"~no, none of my family are Amish and don't have any "gangster" uncles.
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Jan 12, 2014
"Sure if you say so but why limit it to just one uncle? ;-)" = proving that you are probably related to Honey Boo Boo
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Jan 12, 2014
@Grumpyclown
"Oh..I see...but you do have creepy feelings for an Uncle... ok then"
Sure if you say so but why limit it to just one uncle? ;-)
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Jan 12, 2014
Oh..I see...but you do have creepy feelings for an Uncle... ok then.
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Jan 12, 2014
couldn't respond below but it was also creepy last season when he seemed attracted to her
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Jan 12, 2014
@Vicky8675309
Do you have an uncle like Kai?
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Jan 12, 2014
@Grumpyclown
"But a good kind of creepy, right?"~~Banshee hasn't let me down yet so I'd say, yes. Also creepy can be interesting and interesting is good;-)
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Jan 12, 2014
But a good kind of creepy, right?
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Jan 12, 2014
I'm not surprised;-)

I would of thought Hood satisfied all of her curiosity;P

If it was anyone other than her uncle (who isn't even hot...ok I just creeped myself out, lol) then I could see curiosity. At least she didn't headed down the path (yet) of Reign (?) or Sally from Mad Men (?)~I don't watch either of those shows hence the question marks. No problem with that but not if it relates to a creepy uncle:-o
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Jan 12, 2014
If she ever hooks up with Kai, it would be more of power than anything else. For him, the reason would be very obvious:-)

It could also just be the writers playing with all of us(initially I thought it might just be me) so we would have more interest watching the show.
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Jan 12, 2014
Oh I see, so if he was better looking it would be ok.
Got it. I understand your "rules" now!
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Jan 12, 2014
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Jan 11, 2014
So glad that it's back. I want it to stay forever.
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Jan 11, 2014
They managed to tie up most of the loose ends from last seasons finale, while at the same time setting season 2 on its path for this season.

And Hood got laid!!
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Jan 11, 2014
Racine knows the whole story. He has to. If he has been arching Rabbit he must know who "Hood" is. You could see it in his face. They are bait. He knows Rabbit will move mountains to kill this guy. This is why he had to get rid of the other agent.
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Jan 12, 2014
Ya, I think that's why when he was doing his little "role call" at the start of the hearing, and he saw Hood's face, he had an inkling about him, likely having seen him previously in tracking Rabbit's organization.
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Jan 12, 2014
I agree, plus his cancer puts him in a daredevil couldn't-care-less attitude that makes him volatile while still maintaining his focus in getting to Rabbit. By maintaining Hood as the Sheriff, he is using him as the perfect pawn in that game.
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Jan 11, 2014
There was definitely a moment of recognition there, yes. And I agree, if he's been after Rabbit for that long, and that obsessively, I think it's fairly safe to assume that there's a good chance he's seen a mugshot of "Hood" somewhere along the line.
I wonder if he really knows who he is, or just recognizes him in the "I know him from somewhere" way, and in that case; will he keep digging?
Would really love to see a scene between the two of them where he acknowledges that he doesn't give a sh*t as long as he gets Rabbit - he may not want to out Hood, or to threaten him directly (as he's probably realized that that may prove fatal), but at some point it's bound to come up, right? :D
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Jan 20, 2014
Think they had a comic they had some part of available on the site and Rancine is some sort of dirty Fed that tried to put the screws to Rabbit to pay him on a regular basis and Rabbit knew how to play him. I'm sure he's familiar with Rabbits operation and employees including Hood and Carrie/Anastasia but I think he's in some unhealthy simbiotic relationship with Rabbit he'd like to be free of.
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Jan 12, 2014
Absurd, yet meticulous, plotting. I do love this show.
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Jan 11, 2014
I agree that he knows who Hood really is. I also think Hood knows him.
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Jan 11, 2014
I'm watching this episode right now, and had to pause it for a minute after the intro because I don't know what the hell is going on. Shouldn't it be mandatory to do a at least a few seconds of "Last season - on Banshee" before jumping righ back into it? So Rabbit, that was...uhm, oh yes. And the bodies in the woods? No idea. Ana? The daughter of ehm...the girlfriend that's now married, and...uh...what's with all the injuries everybody has? And oh, haha, the transvestite badass with a sense of humor! I do remember him. But what actually happened in that last episode a year ago? How did it end, and how can anybody remember?
Well, I guess it will come to me eventually...back to the show!
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Jan 12, 2014
This is why I rewatched the first season this past week. I honestly remembered next to nothing about the season 1 finale until I finished rewatching it two days ago.
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Jan 11, 2014
Ok, done watching the episode now. I see what you did there, Banshee. Using the whole episode as a reminder of last season. Very well done. I'm back to remembering now. And looking forward to more!
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Jan 11, 2014
'The premiere spent very little time on the investigation of the bodies found in the woods'. That is correct, but they were able to get some DNA samples from the clothes the original Hood had worn and the kit had been sent out. So there's another threat in the making.
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Jan 11, 2014
But the guy who sent the tests off has been reassigned, so the results would probably go to Racine, who seems to know Hood's real identity
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Jan 11, 2014
That's one of the remaining questions (and we have a lot). He looked at Hood as though he knew him from somewhere but couldn't remember. We know from the video (almost 1/3 of an episode!) that he does, but it has been 15 years ago.

I also believe we are in a minority that saw that video, most of the viewers will not know why he looked that way and will not know there is another kind of tension building between those two.
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Jan 11, 2014
"there is another kind of tension building between those two." - possibly sexual tension knowing Hood
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Jan 11, 2014
As @Vicky8675309 would say: 'go find a whip and discipline yourself' for saying such a horrible thing. We need Hood with more of those beautiful women!
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Jan 11, 2014
Banshee just keeps giving us what's it's good at: characters we can identify with (though pretty bad), enough violence (although I do not agree with killing squirrels), beautiful and powerful women, sex, anticipation, humour and action. Who wants more? I'll be back next week (and the week after and.....)
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Jan 11, 2014
I. Love. This. Show. Bansheeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jan 11, 2014
Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant
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Jan 11, 2014
Yes Yes Yes. This Show is so much fun. Can't get enough of it.
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Jan 11, 2014
So this season its going to be the war between Proctor and the Kinaho tribe and its setting up wonderfully. Can't wait til they introduce Tatanka Means character. Poor Alex just can't catch a break since his father died and he made that lame attempt get rid of Proctor. Speaking of which - something lacking was my other favorite TV 'Clay' (RIP Clay Morrow)- Clay Burton.

Favorite scenes, as per usual, were the scenes with Job and Sugar.

Job: Do you have any other speed beside slow as shit?
Sugar: I'm recovering from a gunshot would.
Job: You got shot because you're slow as shit.
Sugar: How many times do we have to bury the same body?
Job: We wouldn't be out here if your lazy ass had dug a deep enough hole the last time.

They brought Job to Banshee and now he's stuck there and its pure gold.

That armored car robbery was the crime they were planning last year (these writers know what they are doing and everything pays off) - really nice payoff - awesome scene. Finally showing why people should be aware of Odette Anabelle's Nola. (Who with the fact that she hasn't been added to the cast would seen to be a red flag on her character's survival prospects.)

The fact that Racine is so focused on a singular mission is very cool. Julian Sands as Rabbit's brother - the man whose wife Rabbit stole, who died giving birth to Anastasia - is also going to be great.

Great season opener wonderfully setting up what is going to be another superb year of television.

Notched up the sexual tension between 'Hood' and Siobhan. Trieste Kelly Dunn really is the unsung beauty in this cast. I like that combination. There is something between those two that you can't miss.

And then Rabbit wakes up in the woods and just grabs and kills a squirrel. Hell yeah its on! Say it with me now - "BANSHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!"
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Jan 11, 2014
You forgot:

Sugar: "Shut up and grab his feet"
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Jan 11, 2014
Yeah, what Whedonrules said! BANSHEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Job and Sugar are two of my favorite characters on a show with so many fascinating characters.
Brilliant writing~~just look at the small scene with Job and Sugar
Outstanding acting~who is creepier: Kai or Rebecca walking around her uncle's house while scantily dressed (beautiful but weird to walk around her uncle's house like that with him home). Also she peeped on him long enough too seem like a voyeur;-) I need to re-watch it but last season I thought Kai seemed overly attracted to his niece but now I wonder about her. Anyway, those two just had a couple short scenes in this episode which had brilliant acting all around. Ivanek's (I missed Damages & OZ) character Racine is an instant favorite (he's got nothing to lose)
Subversive (?) humor--lol @ pissing on the church; lol @ instant sex between two people who had unknowingly just been shooting at each other
Kickass females characters--Ana's (Carrie's) badass driving and the ridiculous fun of high speed reverse driving while leaning out the window shooting (gotta love it), Nola on the motorcycle shooting and then jumping out of the way of the van, even Devon's manipulation of the mall cop was bad ass and I usually find kids on dramas annoying.

All the characters have great set ups for their stories. I can't wait for more of everyone and if we have to cut back on anyone then minimize the time spent on the kids but keep them since they give Carrie/Ana more depth.

Where do Brock's loyalties lie?
How with Kai vs Alex play out?
What's going to happen between "Hood" and the real Hood's son?
Why doesn't Hood just tell Sugar and Job that he is staying because of his daughter (Devon) and his love (Ana)?
I can't wait for Rabbit to die! Revenge for the squirrel....
When will Hood and Siobhan hook up? Not if but when;-)
I have more random questions but this is long enough...

BANSHEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jan 13, 2014
No kidding... and did we catch that.. well, somewhere between a smile and a smirk on her face... and he almost looks right at her before she runs off.. yikes... kinkeee!
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Jan 11, 2014
I heard you screaming over here :-). But I agree, we can have so much fun with strong female characters and men who think they are in control but in reality are being controlled by the women (who also use their sexuality, as men would use their vigour, to do so). It gives all the viewers what they would like to see. Oh, and I like the women on the show for everything they show in this series.
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Jan 11, 2014
A show where women aren't just victims that need to be saved by men. You need to be just as scared of them. What a concept! ('Almost Human' could learn a thing or two or fifty from 'Banshee' about how female characters have evolved on television.) Julian Sands and Ben Cross are playing brothers - how cool is that? Perfect table setter because I'm immediately curious about the next course. Stranger 'something is off' familial connection Kai/Rebecca or Alex/Nola? Those four are going to be center stage soon.
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Jan 11, 2014
Rabbit V Squirrel,
Rabbit wins with a Fatality!!

I think Nola knew she was jumping the bones of someone she'd tried to kill a few hours earlier, she's trying to find the connection between Hood and Proctor.

As for Kai and Rebecca, that's definately heading in an "odd" direction, just as it was last season with Kai getting his hookers to dress up like Amish girls.
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Jan 11, 2014
Zeljko Ivanek gave me the creeps in Revolution. He is going to do the same in Banshee.
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Jan 11, 2014
Zeljko Ivanek and Julian Sands? Great additions!

Even considering the lack of ridiculousness overall, this was a pretty great episode. I honestly have no complains about it -- even the flashbacks, which were unnecessary to me personally -- didn't feel all that bad to me. Loved the pacing, loved the setups, and I was quite impressed with almost everyone's acting.

I laughed pretty hard at the post-credits tag, too.
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Jan 11, 2014
No problem with the addition of Julian Sands, but I did feel that his beard deserved it's own acting credit.
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Jan 11, 2014
Banshee!! Say it loud to yourself and exclaim that shit like you've got brass balls that clack when you take a dump. It's ridiculous and fantastic tv for men. I want a Yorkee bar a beer and a blowjob the next time I watch this. I jest. I just love the characters of this show. I love that this is an American show with actual native Americans albeit portrayed in the stereo typical way with the reservations and the casino gangsta shit. Nola Longshadow's Nighthawk badassery passes that peace pipe over to the other femme fatale, Anna busy doing what she can to make ends meat. This show has strong female characters that are sexy and capable and pull away from the whimpering stereotypical characters you find in other shows. With Hood up to his old tricks, Rabbit's elusiveness and the introduction of these new characters this ensemble seems to promise a fun season to watch
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Jan 11, 2014
For one, you can never have enough Rebecca! That 'shot' up the stairs was phenomenal...right?
and two, Oddette Annabel was the one thing I looked forward to the most with the show's return. She is more badass than anyone else on the show and despite her gorgeous face, she pulls it off...and I love it!
so glad the show is back! All's well in TV land now!

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Jan 11, 2014
Zeljiko Ivanek never disappoints. He's been in a million different things, but I usually remember him as the corrupt Governor James Devlin from Oz and The Magister from True Blood, who was far scarier than the rest of the authority. He made quite an impression on the premiere, and you can tell he is batshit insane with nothing to lose. If you watched the Origins videos, then you can tell Racine knows Hood isn't who he says he is. Julian Sands was also a delight to see, and I hope to see more of him too.

My complaint was that there was not enough Kai or Rebecca. I hope Kai's conflict with Alex somehow crosses into the story with Rabbit and Racine, because I want to see Kai interact with these other evil people. After all, Racine did say that it's ironic that Kai, the man responsible for most of the crime in the area, had nothing to do with all the bloodshed that was caused with Rabbit. I can't stand Alex, but I do love the sight of Nola, one wicked fucking woman.

I do hope DEVA doesn't become the next DANA. Hell, I hope the Hopewell family doesn't become the next Brody family. Carrie's family are the characters I'm least interested in, and if they start becoming really irrelevant to the story, I don't want to see any more of them.
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Jan 11, 2014
In all the bad ass thing they tried to have Dana do, she never come over as a bad ass. Now Deva is something different. She threatened the mall guard, Dana would never have done that. I am not that scared. She is obviously shown as a character with some Hood (or what his real name is) genes, but we do not know where it is heading.
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Jan 13, 2014
You mean she is going to start drinking in seedy bars and sleeping with hot chicks?... Yeah I'd watch that.
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Jan 12, 2014
She has some of the manipulative qualities of her mom and dad...bad ass for a teen
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Jan 11, 2014
Zeljiko Ivanek basically played the exact same character he played in Revolution, he died in that so they just plucked his character from that universe and placed him in this one.
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Jan 11, 2014
For playing the same role, in this series he is much better. It must be the quality of Banshee compared to the quality of Revolution.
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Jan 12, 2014
Never saw Revolution but he was great in Oz and Damages...so far he is great here in Banshee. I thought he was a fairly complex character in Damages but I'm a bit biased since I loved that show.
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Jan 12, 2014
Never saw Damages, but I looked it up now and people are very positive about it. But, there have been many seasons already and my backlog is already so full. I'll keep it somewhere in the back of my mind.
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Jan 11, 2014
As good as he is, he does kind of play the same character in a lot of things doesn't he?
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Jan 11, 2014
I felt the same way. He just died on Revolution two eps ago. That man stays busy.
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Jan 11, 2014
Haven't seen this yet cos I'm in UK but so skipped this review til I have. Best show on TV welcome back Banshee (add extra eeeee's at you pleasure)
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Jan 11, 2014
I'm so glad that this show is back!
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Jan 11, 2014
'Forgot to mention how much I love Racine.

Zeljko Ivanek is one of the finest character-actors in Hollywood today, always BRINGING IT, and everything he does here was just fabulous.

I liked Racine after that conversation he had with Xavier, but I really dug him after his visit with the Priest, especially after seeing him pissing on the side of his church!

Men about to die and who have nothing to lose often end up being the most interesting characters to follow; I hope to God Racine turns out to really be such a man.
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Jan 12, 2014
I absolutely agree with your assessment of Zeljko Ivanek, he is a grand actor and very competent in gettin just the right voice to his characters.
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Jan 11, 2014
When you compare this episode to his role in Revolution you can see what a series can do for an actor. Banshee is so much better then Revolution and the director gives him so much more to work with. Here he can be a much better and interesting character.
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Jan 11, 2014
Line of the night:

"I understand your mayor recently suffered the misfortune of being blown up. This town... 'something else."
- Racine

Took the words right out of my mouth.

Last season ended with a big ol' mess, with an insane amount of sh*t to clean up; so I have no problem with this season premiere being quite possibly the calmest episode this series ever delivered. It still was nice to see where everybody's heads were after the fallout of the Rabbit shootout, especially Carrie - yeah, she's getting a raw deal, but I can see a couple of ways she can get out of going to jail, so am not that worry for her. As usual, I have no idea what exactly is going on in Lucas' head, though - yeah, yeah, Anna's his true love, but, if he really gave a damn about her, he would have got out of town months ago instead of screwing up her life. At the end of the day, him staying away from her is still the best move FOR HER, but don't expect him to follow through... especially since the hottest pieces of tails in town keep throwing themselves at him! Which reminds me...

Nola's seduction of Hood (which didn't take much)...

Yes, Cory... 'Cause a chick who looks like Odette Annable would have ANY PROBLEM pick up ANY GUY they want out of a bar. That Nola managed to get in the Sheriff's bed by only uttering five lines at him (I counted) is not surprising at all; what's really shocking here is the confirmation of Hood's unequal magnetism when it comes to Banshee's most desirable women. Hey, nothing against Antony Starr - he's a good looking lad and all, but he is really starting to put George Clooney to shame here! Just to even thing up: if he is so irresistible to all women, how about throwing in a plain Jane or a straight-up heinous looking mess his way instead of his usual Bond Girls-level bedmates? I just want to see a normal girl try to pick him up too, and his reaction to it - it silly, I know, but man... Five lines! Outta nowhere! And Proctor's niece - I don't recall them even speaking to each other before they started going at it! And 'member the hot widow of the hillbilly he killed? Two days after slapping him, he had her doggy-style! And let's not forget Siobhan, who is SO INTO THAT - just waiting for Lucas to give her the go-ahead! I get that chicks like the brooding type, but this is ridiculous - whatever crazy cologne Hood is wearing, I'm buying!

It should be called "Eau de Banshee"...
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Jan 11, 2014
To be honest, I'm all for him being such a bad ass boy that he gets the women. That we we get (to see) those beautiful women also :-)
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Jan 11, 2014
If someone a good looking as Odette Annable came up to me in a bar like that, I'm thinking either it's a bet or she's a hooker. Not all of us look like Starr or Clooney etc.
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Jan 11, 2014
Agree.
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Jan 11, 2014
Absolutely loved it. I was honestly surprised (pleasantly so) that the first half drug on illustrating the fallout from last season. It proved to me the show is very capable of being more than just over-the-top tits, ass, blood & guts (not that over-the-top tits, ass, blood & guts is a bad thing...It's effin' beautiful & why I love the show) but I really appreciated the slow flashbacky bits because I didn't get the chance to re-watch the last ep of last season before the premiere. By the time the road robbery started rolling, I was all misfit smile from ear to ear pretty much from that point all the way to the trailing credit bumper (& it's implication had me busting a gut with laughter)

'effin hell man, I simply can't be happier the show is back & still as good as it ever was!
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Jan 11, 2014
Looking forward to the rest of the season...
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