Banshee "Ways to Bury a Man" Review: Through the Mountain

Banshee S02E07: "Ways to Bury a Man"


Throughout Banshee's last few episodes, Hood has grown more contemplative with regard to his purpose and role in the town. Although it's pretty clear that the sheriff hasn't actually arrived at any solid answers on that front, "Ways to Bury a Man" brought us a Hood who'd decided, at least for this episode, to channel some of his bubbling frustration and instability into taking down one of Banshee's biggest and baddest, Proctor. And after a half-season of the two of them either not orbiting one another or working through some kind of uneasy half-baked alliance, the exploding (literally) tension between them made "Ways to Bury a Man" feel a little bit like a Season 1 throwback—and in a good way.

All it took was for Hood to discover that Jason was missing and that Rebecca was last seen with him and BOOM, we returned to full-tilt war between the show's two primary forces. On one hand, I was slightly surprised to see Hood so angry about Jason's disappearance and Proctor's likely involvement in that disappearance, if only because Jason had become such a burden in the previous few weeks. Hood wanted Jason to leave town, after all. But on the other hand, Hood is our (admittedly conflicted) hero, so he's not going to just be cool with murder, even of a tool who mostly caused trouble for him. And more than that, Hood's response was a signal of his current mental state. If it wasn't Proctor and this investigation, it would have been something else, but the fact that it was Proctor and this investigation meant that Hood was that much more irate and ready to make something happen. 


As such, Hood spent most of "Ways to Bury a Man" on a whirlwind spree through the town in an attempt to tear down any portion of Proctor's operation that he could. That, of course, led to a lot yelling, fighting, and general testosterone-fueled decision-making. And the proceedings felt Season 1-esque because of how nicely they intertwined Hood's personal crusade against Proctor with the rest of the sheriff's department, and later with Job and Sugar. Hood was so determined to make Proctor's life a living hell that he pulled in both sides of his life in a way we haven't seen much of this season. He brought the sheriff's department with him into the strip club in hopes of busting up the not-so-secret prostitution ring inside, and then dragged Brock and Emmett out into the field as he tried to disrupt Proctor's drug operations. And when Hood had procured enough information the "legal" way, with the badge, he turned to Job and Sugar to finish it off. In case we weren't sure that Hood now means business in his crusade against Proctor, he went ahead and blew up the drug ring's warehouse, but not before snagging some of the resources. (Never lose an opportunity to grab that money!)

It's a weird thing to think about since Banshee's second season has been so strong, but we haven't really seen an episode like this in a while, where everyone was involved in the story. The show's world has expanded, which means more characters and different types of plots, both of which are a good thing. But as a result, we haven't seen much of Emmett this year and Brock, Sugar, and Job have been sidelined a little as well. "Ways to Bury a Man" did a great job of reminding us how the show hums when everyone is part of the same arc. It also dug back into questions about Hood's approach to the sheriff job, complete with the consistent commentary from Brock about the "right" and "wrong" way to go after Proctor so suddenly. We've heard that stuff before, but the slight change in context—primarily that Brock has been investigating Hood in secret—made it fresh enough for me. It's telling that the episode's concluding scene involved Brock encountering the explosion at Proctor's warehouse. How much of a jump in logic would he have to make to assume that Hood had something to do with the explosion? Not much, right? That's solid.

Also solid: More Proctor. That's an easy thing to point out, and it's not as if we haven't been treated to some wild stuff with the character this season, but after weeks of adding some shading and complexity, I enjoyed the renewed focus on Proctor as a brutish criminal mastermind, trying to avoid Hood's investigation in one scene and threatening members of the Kinaho tribal council so that Alex could keep his spot as the chief in the next. And GOOD GOD, the opening scene with Proctor and Rebecca watching the meat grinder do its grinding thing. Are we supposed to assume that the meat being grinded was actually the remnants of Jason, or was that just a nicely pointed allusion? I can't decide, and I'm grossed out either way. Yeesh. 


Finally, "Ways to Bury a Man" made some attempt to bring the Hopewell story closer to the rest of the narrative, if only for a few moments. During Hood's raid on the strip club, he ran into Gordon and let's just say that didn't go particularly well. One of the big questions ("Are you sleeping with my wife?") was asked, and, this being Banshee, punches were thrown. That was a fine, quick reminder of the impact of some of Hood's decisions, even if it's not all his fault that Gordon has become a shell of his former self. Moreover, the pressure on the Hopewells grew as Max's medical issues took a turn for the worse, which brought everyone in the family, including Carrie, together, but also created a huge need for cash. Gee, I wonder how Carrie will go about fixing that problem?

"Ways to Bury a Man" provided a notable shift in Banshee's trajectory. After a few contemplative episodes that achieved a lot of important world-building, this episode began to pull some of the disparate characters and threads together, and sped up the pace a bit as well. Characters are now in places that will likely lead to maximum tension (and maximum fighting, duh) and ultimately that should allow the last three episodes of the season to be as thrilling as possible. Things are going to get very, very interesting.



NOTES

– Job ditched the pink/red hair. I am sad.

– I'm sure that Carrie trying to work side jobs with Job, without Hood's knowledge, will go swimmingly. Nobody will get hurt or run into authorities there, nope.

– Sugar's excitement after blowing through the warehouse with the semi was charming, as was the final sequence where he, Hood, and Job argued over whether or not the detonator was actually going to work. We've seen that kind of stuff before, but those were nice moments of levity, and Banshee does those surprisingly well.

– Never call for a tribal council vote unless you know who's voting what. These Kinaho dudes clearly don't watch Survivor.


What'd you think about this one? Will you be happy to see more Hood-Proctor showdowns in the near future?


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Mar 03, 2014
"I was slightly surprised to see Hood so angry about Jason's disappearance and Proctor's likely involvement in that disappearance."

It shouldn't come as that much of a surprise. Hood explained it all well to Sugar after he asked why he was doing so much to help a kid he didn't know in that basically, he's giving this kid the 2nd chance he wish he'd gotten. Proctor didn't kill "Jason" per say, but killed the wishes and plan Hood had worked so hard to make true.

"Are we supposed to assume that the meat being grinded was actually the remnants of Jason, or was that just a nicely pointed allusion?"

I'm pretty sure that's a safe assumption, especially given Rebecca's emotional state in the scene that followed. I'm not sure how hard she was actually contemplating suicide, but that was a big take away for me.

Far and away though, my favourite moment from the episode is when Hood shows up at Proctor's to basically accuse him of killing Jason.

Hood: "You gonna go along with this?"
Rebecca: "He said he was leaving town. I assume he did."
Hood: "This was your choice. When I come for him, I come for you."

Now THAT is what I'm talkin' aboot! Hood's not f*ckin' around any more and if Rebecca REALLY wants to enjoy the luxuries and benefits that come from being her uncle's right hand...he'd better be prepared for the consequences. "We don't always know who we f*ck"...not so cocky NOW, are ya?

Watching Rebecca come to grips with who she's becoming is almost as fun as watching Hood's transition.

Close second place for quote of the week:

Sugar: "I can't hear a thing."
Job: "That's cause you're old and deaf...don't put that sh*t on me."

Ha!
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Mar 04, 2014
I absolutely agree on the Jason thing. I too thought that this was Hood's chance to redeem his younger self - who no doubt was a cocky little sh*t too - and try to give him the out to a peaceful life that he himself never got/took.

The last couple of episodes seem to have been aimed at driving home just how f*cked Hood and his life really is, (I'm convinced he's cursed, probably by some Eastern European baba hired by Rabbit ;) ); the dreamhouse he'd bought to live in with Carrie wasn't just doomed to stand empty and unused - the Universe didn't even allow it to exist at all. A couple of hours, and WHOOSH - gone!
Redeeming himself (and the original Hood) by saving Jason? One careless moment, and SNAP - HE's gone too! (Good thing they got to keep the money, though.)

No wonder Hood is ready to snap a bit - Life, the Universe and Everything is conspiring against him.
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Mar 04, 2014
I had no idea what they were going to do with Jason, but right up until the very end I figured he was just going to ride off into the sunset. Even Sugar's warning about "dangerous women" didn't tip me off.

This is just another example of how much better good Hollywood writers are than me 'cause using actions against nothing character as the motivation for the entire back half of a season...genius. And given Hood's identity crisis, totally believable.

I will say though, I'll miss Jason because without him, I'm guessing we're not going to see the bored look on Rebecca's face as he's doing his best to please her. Hilarious. I guess not all Hood's are created equal ;)
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Feb 27, 2014
Hoooo boy, after that fantastic episode, I have 3 main things on my mind:
A) Cory Barker - how much has your life been improved by the awesomeness of this series? The rabid fanbase who brought it to your attention says 'you're welcome'.
B) Now the frenetic pace of the first season's fighting 'n' f***king has slowed and we all have time to catch our collective breath, I am in awe of how sculpted and elegant the script is. The dialogue is enough to give you ice burns.
C) Sloppy of Proctor to use the commercial grinder. It would be impossible to hose all the Hood out before the next moo needs mincing. Much like how the UK found pieces of pony in their pies, oh the irony if there were traces of Jason in the Banshee burgers and that's what bought Kai down in the end.
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Feb 24, 2014
Hood's reaction to Proctor probably killing Jason (he knows it but can't prove it - yet) was deeply personal which is why he stood in Proctors driveway for so long with an angry look on his face and his gun in his hand tossing up whether to just go shoot the b...... I just love this show and there are so many possibilities for twists and turns - and violence - before this series ends.
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Feb 24, 2014
A double 'dose' of Lili Simmons this week, now that she's putting her puffies and behind to work on True Detective too. So young and yet so typecast?!
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Feb 24, 2014
Absolutely loved this episode. So many goods things happening here, bringing several storylines together to mesh really well. Loved it. Really excited to see more Proctor (he's seriously one of, if not the, best villains on television), and he and Alex "working together" is really fun to watch (seriously, that scene with the elder and having his face right up against the tire, while holding the keys to his daughter's dorm? Now that is how you intimidate a man).

The entire extended scene with Hood, Brock and Emmett and the Aryan Nation guys was so enjoyable to watch. I love Emmett's attitude so much in dealing with those guys ("I forgave them afterwards!"). Just a laugh riot.

Fantastic episode to add to the growing collection of fantastic episodes that is this season.
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Feb 24, 2014
I don't know. I know that Rabbit was the ultimate final boss in season 1 and seems to be on his way out, but Proctor is the main resident villain (like Superman's Lex Luthor). I think he will be around for a while. And speaking of Rabbit, Did everyone forgot about his brother? Look for Banshee Origins website and on You Tube. Very important clues are told on that webisodes.
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Feb 24, 2014
re: "Throughout Banshee's last few episodes, Hood has grown more contemplative with regard to his purpose and role in the town."

Yeah, I wonder what happened to all that. It's as if the writers / director of E7 did not see the scripts of S2. So instead of this "contemplative" Hood, we get and angry cop, acting on impulse. But wait, this time "it's personal".

And if Hood staring into emptiness 4-5 times in the episode was supposed to be show him "contemplative" - it did not work.

On the surface, it was a great episode, full of action, great lines. But underneath, there is only emptiness, lack of cohesiveness, lack of satisfying anything resembling a storyline.

They have relegated Carrie into an extra, Job into a yes man and a side kick, Proctor into a monster, leaving only brooding / head smashing Hood in the center.

How can a complex, immersive storyline (as we had in S1) emerge from this wreckage?
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Feb 23, 2014
Rebecca's curiosity for sex and lifestyles outside the Amish family way appear to have 'climaxed' at last. It's gone a bit too keep it in the family of late for her to the Nth degree. But Proctor seems to have set her up as Queen to his Pharaoh in both mind and now possibly body too. So what's the likelihood of her turning on Uncle Procktor, in an effort to not be him in the final analysis?
For all the fun with the gang of three, I can't see it lasting as a real method of getting rid of Proctor. Hood must realise the only way to end Proctor is to, well, end him. Hopefully Banshee won't slip into the usual tope of thinking merely jailing a criminal is enough to have them retiring from vengeful ways.
The native lot seemed to literally lay down far too easy. They definitely need Nola and/or that big cray cray bugger to take care of bidness. Ooh, perhaps a deal with Indians, Rebecca and Hood vs. Proctor and his bespectacled companion. All that could be fun but no doubt there'd be plenty of skulduggery over filling the power vacuum sans Proctor. Perhaps Rabbit will make Banshee an uncomfortable warren...
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Feb 23, 2014
burn, baby burn
I wonder if Proctor will blame Hood or someone else
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Feb 23, 2014
Proctor and Hood may be in a battle right now but there is a wild card in the form of Rabbit. I have to ask, is Proctor even aware of this powerful man? If so, how many times can Rabbit or his men enter his territory without Hood becoming less of an issue. It may come down to who is worse for Banshee, Proctor or Rabbit.
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Feb 23, 2014
I'm sad that Hood is burning his bridges with Proctor, cos Proc's resources won't be available to Hood if Rabbit comes hopping (like in S1). I just hope Rabbit and Proctor won't go after Hood at the exact same time, cos that's bad news for Ana, Sugar and Job too. Don't want any if them to die!!
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Feb 25, 2014
I think it may come down to which king would you rather serve. I'd be very surprised if Proctor and Rabbits management styles would mesh very well. Hood has taken on a job to serve and protect. Proctor would protect his interests at any costs. My opinion is that Rabbit would be a power Proctor couldn't allow to exist in his territory. Any threat from Rabbit would become a threat to both Hood and Proctor who both have been in their own ways protecting Banshee. I suspect that Proctor and Hood may be at each others throats for some time with a break or two to deal with outside problems.
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Feb 24, 2014
Clearly, Hood was not satisfied with only one psychopath after him.
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Feb 23, 2014
One of the best episode. Only complain is no Nola. Bring Nola back soon.
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Feb 24, 2014
Yeah, all that was missing from this episode was 100lb Nola kicking the sht out of Sharp and his 2 buddies, the way she did with the Marines. NOT!

Nola was the weakest character of the season, I hope she stays where she is.
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Feb 25, 2014
We still liked Nola !
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Feb 23, 2014

First of all, about Cory Barker's puzzling comments about why Lucas Hood would even care about Jason getting killed by Proctor...

Cory, I'm gonna ask you to TRIED to discard your obvious and well-known dislike of Jason Hood for a moment... let's said that YOU ARE Lucas, con-turned-cop/American Badass. For the past few weeks, you've tried very hard to get rid of a kid who, although quite annoying, is overall a pretty decent fellow. So yes you want him to GTFO, but, because you essentially stole his dead father's identity, you feel like you kinda owe it to the real Hood to at least make sure his progeny survives long enough to start a new life - hell, you even mentioned it just a couple of episodes ago. To that effect not only are you willing to make your hacker BFF create a new identity for him, but you have no problem giving away 100 grant of your own money to the kid for his new start. Oh, and let's not forget you also had to chop off the head of a Limey Badass to save the weak ass. You are invested in this kid, is what I am saying. So, after everything you have done to keep him safe, the fact he still ends up dying at the hands of one of your worst enemies, for the egregious sin of having consensual sex with said enemy's niece... THAT'S NOT SUPPOSE TO PISS YOU OFF TO HIGH HEAVEN!?!?

Which makes me ask myself another question: between this and Tim Surette's weekly putdown of The Walking Dead's characters... is lack of empathy a prerequisite to be a paid reviewer for TV.com?

A-NY-WAY.... this was a fun episode! Except for that bonehead anti-Jason start, I agree with pretty much everything Cory said about "Ways to Bury a Man" - a season 1/throwback episode which featured supporting characters that didn't get as much screen-time this season as they deserved. Job is THE BEST - dude is so good, he should probably be in his own show! But thank God he ain't, cause interaction with Sugar is golden! And I'm so glad Emmett got a legit moment here to shine - I think we can all agree it was more than time he lost his superman patience with the criminals of Banshee and started to open a c an of whop-ass! Also love the fact that neo-nazi was still willing to pay to get the pleasure of that brown sugar! Oh racists - don't you guys realize your bigotry is really a form of self-hatred? You dumbass hypocrite...

It is pretty much a certainty that everybody in the know will figure out that Hood was behind The Biggest Muthaf-ing Explosion Banshee ever seen. How exactly will Proctor responds to it will probably be at the core of "Evil for Evil", but it's undeniable that, when you walk around with such much hubris, eventually destiny must smack you in the head. I guess Kai's destiny is to get Lucas Hood's foot up his ass... and I'm quite fine with it.
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Feb 28, 2014
Are you saying it is a requirement for Cory to "like" Hood, even as the character melts down in the episode he is reviewing?
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Feb 23, 2014
This show just gets better and better. The narrative that Banshee tells, how it approaches the narrative, how it places characters, and creates dialogue is unlike any other show. It's so unique in its story telling albeit brutally vivid at times, it has a lot of fun as well. Job and Sugar are such wonderful comic relief. Every word out of Job's mouth and his delivery of these lines is such a joy to watch. Everything about this show is great and I hope it continues on this way and we get lots more Banshee!
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Feb 23, 2014
IMO the reason Hood is so pissed over Jason is that he knew that topping Jason was gonna be an inevitable call at some time likely in the near future.
He was busy quietly patting himself on the back for choosing not to kill Jason, but to give him all of his hard earned cash.
Once Proctor butchered Jason it was a short reach for Hood to decide that killing the selfish, incompetent & stupid dirtbag that was Jason, is the ethical equivalent of topping Mahatma Ghandi by feeding him a toxic shit sandwich.
In going after Proctor so remorselessly, Hood is sub-consciously telling himself that (a) he simply isn't quietly relieved Jason is as dead as a week old maggot, and (b), that his vengeance against Proctor proves that he (Hood) ,would never ever have killed the son of the man whose death he has enormously profited from.
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Feb 23, 2014
And so that's how we head into the final laps. AWESOME!!!

Good Stuff: The family stuff! Finally we are to a point where Gordon has to look at himself in the mirror and ask, "Is this how the interim mayor should be acting?" Poor Max. I hate how they used him to bring the family back together but it worked. We finally have the Hopewell's together again - no dream. Still a lot to work out but putting them together needed to happen prior to Rabbit's return. Gordon was so pissed ' "You called her?!?!" Also loved the exchange b/w Hood and Gordon at the strip club. Hood honestly answering the question 'Are you sleeping with my wife?' 'No.' The performances by all, Russ Blackwell, ivana Milicevic, and Ryane Shane were all very very good. Very surprised this important part was missed in the review.

My favorite humorous exchange was when Brock was on the radio expertly laying out the entire design of the club they were busting - Siobhan - "You really know where everything is in there." Brock ' "Don''t judge." (Matt Servitto is awesome.)

Rebecca being made to watch her fleeting lover being made into ground beef was another great set up scene. He's making her realize that she just can't make decision on her own when she is under his roof. She is more trapped than on the farm. She is reaching her tipping point. If she turned, she would could be turned into a pretty phenomenal witness. Put her back in her Amish attire and a jury would fall in love with her. She is either going to go all in with Uncle Kai, commit suicide, or do something to get herself killed by someone else. I hope she makes it out of this season alive.

My absolute favorite parts were Job, Sugar, and 'Lucas Hood'. Those 3 in a scene, Starr, Frankie Faison, and Hoon Lee,, and its just magic. (Little trivia: The great show 'Hannibal' returns next Friday against 'Banshee'. Frankie Faison is the only actor to appear in four of the five films featuring the character of 'Hannibal Lecter' - he was in 'Manhunter', 'Silence of the Lambs', 'Hannibal', and 'Red Dragon'. Only one he wasn't in was the fifth and last. Ulrich Thomsen (Kai Proctor) is buds with 'Dr. Lecter' fellow Dane Mads Mikklesen. They both need to get cameos on that show.)

Our reviewer Mr Barker has said the same thing about the character of Jason Hood for every episode he appeared in. Never going into anything more than 'He is scummy." We all get it you hate the character but he's dead now, as dead as your commentary on the character. I think Hood is a good man trying to help someone who lost a father. I think we are going to meet our 'Hood's' father (whom we now know is still alive) at some point in this series and this stuff is going to matter. I don't think the time spent with this character was a waste of time for 'Hood's story or Rebecca's. These writer's seem to be people we can rely on to tell a good story and not throw in stuff that doesn't matter. The actor wasn't at all horrible. You need to look at the character in the context of the story of Season 2 and check your personal disgust at the door when writing an objective critique of the work. You seem to be a better writer than that.

Why is it final 3 already? That really really sucks. Before I leave, I give you a BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This week the extra Es are for Job, Hood, and Sugar Bates blowing sh1t up to get Proctor angry and set up how this season is going to go into its final act. Another brilliant episode of the best show on television.

Seriously - If it isn't 'Banshee' it really truly isn't as good!

Peace and cookies! See y'all next week back in 'Banshee'!


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Feb 23, 2014
>> and ask, "Is this how the interim mayor should be acting?"

How about "Is this how a FATHER should be acting"? Way better question.
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Feb 23, 2014
He needed that eye opener as well but I guess i was just thinking maybe Gordon might be an important ally in any war waged against Proctor which is what makes this show so good. When Dan Kendall was mayor he was young rash and consumed by a desire to rid Banshee of Kai Proctor. Every time he failed Proctor reveled in his failures and rubbed his face in every failure. He was so consumed he forgot he had a wife at home that loved him. It was killing her that she couldn't help him. He couldn't even respond to her affections he was so emasculated by Proctor. Just when he came to his moment of clarity in the shell of the casino expansion - he got blown up - unknowing yes, but still very important that it wasn't Kai that made the call -by Rebecca. Gordon is completely cut to the bone by everything that went on last season and this show has done a great job of showing him not dealing well with any of it - the big tough ex-Marine, someone who was suppose to be and was working for the well being of the town thrust into the position of Mayor at his lowest point. Its not just his family that needs him to snap out of that - its the whole town. In other words, I agree with the point you are making i was just looking at it a little differently.
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Feb 24, 2014
Good insights. I didn't remember Gordon was ex marine. He looks rather wimpy, to me, so I was surprised when he managed to get off a good one on Hood.
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Feb 23, 2014
Do you think he has a human specific meat grinder? Or just uses the same one that he processes all the meat through. Forget about traces of horse meat, this would be a scandal!!
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Feb 24, 2014
Only if someone comes up with a disgusting-sounding name for this kind of meat, like "white slime".
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Feb 23, 2014
Local BSE food sources would explain a lot of the yocal 'white trash' phenomena in Banshee - not to mention Mr Mayor's acts of late, whom I keep expecting to bump into a certain Canadian counterpart.
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Feb 23, 2014
Just had a thought...

What was Brock doing out at the warehouse, by himself, anyway? Rather suspicous, don't you think?
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Feb 24, 2014
I don't find it suspicious. Maybe he just went there to observe what's going on, to see if anything gives him a new idea about how to take down Proctor.
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Feb 23, 2014
Depending on the size of the county, the sheriff's office may act as the principal police force so I can see one or more arriving at the warehouse. If someone called in a noise (who knows what was reported to the sheriff's office) I can see a sheriff (or sheriff's deputy) showing up alone or with a partner. If he was partnered with Hood then no surprise he was alone since Hood is probably off doing his own thing. Who knows, he may not be alone.
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Feb 23, 2014
Agreed, Brock probably got or heard the call about the fire. But, knowing Brock, he no doubt went out there somewhat in disbelief at yet another of his golden goose ideas going up in flames. It could drive him harder back onto the get Hood campaign if he even slightly believes the latter went off book yet again. Hood needs to throw full suspicion to Proctor, perhaps in the form of suggesting the Hitler Youth (!) must've warned him and so he torched his own plant - what will a certain Canadian gent do now?!
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Feb 23, 2014
I'm constantly impressed by the cinematography and choreography of the fights and action scenes in this show. It's wonderful.
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Feb 23, 2014
Yay, loved it! It took a spin back to the wibes of season 1 but it had the real strong good feelings of season 2. Just keep it coming.

There are some real good conflicts in the making here that are going to be real interesting to watch how they unfold. I thinking of Hood/Shioban (that I just can't get enough of), Carrie/Gordon, Hood/Proctor etc it just keep adding up. Its been a really good season so I never want it to end...
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Feb 22, 2014
Jasonburgers aside. This show just keeps getting better and better. This may be a perfect show. It is for me, it is like Person of Interest, Plenty of Seriousness with bits of silly and hilarity mixed in. The start and the finish of this episode exemplified that. You had the seriousness of the death/missing of Jason by both Rebecca and Hood and then contrast that with the end of Job and Sugar cracking at each other after they blew up the warehouse. Absolutely perfect.

This show just has everything one needs to be entertained. And frankly I would have to question those not entertained by this. The characters are just great.

The only issue I have is that just don't think the death of Jason is enough to spring Hood into action against Proctor. Proctor though not for the same reason, did what had to be done. Nothing the group knew of Jason would have said to any of them that he could be trusted enough with Hood's secret. He had to die not just for that but because he was the weakest character that they have brought up in the show. He would have ran out of money at some point and he would have eventually come back and looked for more. I understand that Hood saw something in Jason that likely reminded him of himself. I just don't know.

Hood vs Proctor is great and it is expected and I want it to happen. But I am not sure this was enough to push us to that. Also it bring up the issue of Proctor knows that Hood isn't who he says he is. Proctor has enough resources to not only find out who Hood is or well isn't because no one really knows who he is, and he can reveal Hood's secret.

Also to what end. Is it just to finally take down a guy like Proctor? Is it to replace him? Does Hood just want to do good now? Do I care as long as I get to see Emmit beat the hell out of Neo Nazis? Not really.

The Carrie situation seems off. First, did they tell her that the diamonds were fake? Wouldn't she have claimed those for the money needed to help her boy. And why not ask Hood. He would gladly give her the money that he was going to let Jason have in order to help the boy. I know they aren't exactly close anymore, but he would help her without question. Seems like a plot hole. But either way her and Job doing jobs should be fun.

Now that Jason is all ground up, Gordon takes the reins as the most useless character. Being pissed and self destructive because your wife isn't who you thought she was is all right if you are single. But if you have a son with health problems and you spend your nights with hookers in a strip club anything that happens to him is on you. If I was Hood I would have beaten you down as well.

Notes;

Rebecca could be a real fun big bad.

Brock is officially the only person at the PD that can't fight.

More Deva without black lipstick is great.

When is Nola going to come back. Her working with Hood to bring down Proctor would be great.
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Feb 23, 2014
Thank you for mentioning Nola. (How awesome is Odette Anabelle in that part?) Now we are completely ready for her return. Good reasons exist for 'Nola' to come back and team up with Hood. Proctor now has Alex under complete control and she isn't going to like/respect that. That was the reason she disrespected her father in the first place which caused her to leave the first time and we know she loves her brother.
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Feb 22, 2014
If anyone called Proctor offers you a hamburger best take a pass on it...
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Feb 22, 2014
Rebecca is being groomed as heir of Proctor, isn't she? He is toughing her up. When that day comes, when she takes over, stuff will get really interesting? best guess is in season 4 or back half season 3.
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Feb 22, 2014
The way of Jason:




... and Proctor made her watch! To me no surprise at all.

"Hood" shaking some trees:


Hmm... What will Proctor do now? How will he react? Will he make it personal? For sure, but will he also go after Hood's crew and family? This close after Hoods visit Proctor has to suspect him/know.
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Feb 23, 2014
NEW, from ProcotorBurgers.....
The Jason =

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Feb 23, 2014
I have to admit: myself got hungry and longing for a nice fat burger when seeing minced(lol) Jason coming out of the grinder. Sure it was totally unrelated ...
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Feb 23, 2014
DON'T ASK FOR THE SPECIAL SAUCE!!
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Feb 22, 2014
Hood wanted to give Jason the 2nd chance that he himself can't get. He also feels for the real Lucas Hood, his untimely death and a sense of guilt for taking his identity.

Great episode, love having the humour back in Banshee, Job and Sugar make a fine double-act as do Procter and Burton so Hood can't 'get' Proctor.

Rabbit's (Father) brother is taking a long time to make a reappearance it'll be interesting to see where he fits into the finale.

Whilst it's nice to have everyone in an episode it'd also be great to have more background on the less frequent, but no less interesting characters like Burton, Emmett, Job and Brock.

Maybe next season Cinemax could extend the series, 10 just ain't enough!
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Feb 22, 2014
I'm making these comments before reading those that came before...

-- I'm pretty sure we were meant to assume it was Jason's body being ground up. Hence Kai's reply to Hood: "There's no body. No crime" (ish). That also fits nicely with the episode title.

-- Don't you think Hood would have been rather suspicious, right off, when he saw how PRISTINE the hotel room was? And, you'd think it would WREAK of the smell of the chemical used to wipe up the mess.

-- I don't think Job ditched the pink/red hair. I think he LOVES switching it up. He seems to HATE being normal or predictable, so I expect he'll put it back in rotation or move on to other outrageous get ups.

-- I didn't understand why Carrie insisted on not getting Hood and Sugar involved? Why wouldn't she want Hood to know? And, with the life of her son at stake, why not give the job the best chance of success by having everyone involved? AND, how does suddenly having a bunch of cash for medical expenses NOT raise a bunch of red flags to hubby and others?

-- I'm pretty sure the indian guy DID know how everyone was going to vote -- that is up until the last day or two, when they all met up with Kai.
-- What did Hood take from Kai's warehouse before blowing it up? And when? I didn't notice that.

-- Rather than be cagey with Siobhan about Gordan. He could have easily just said, "He's drunk. He swung at me. I dealt with it." Then there's no suspicion and no fears of "being pushed away". Honestly, why do our heroes have to make things so hard on themselves?

-- I expect we're going to see Rebecca crash and burn. She was already pretty messed up, this episode. Question is, will she IMplode or EXplode?

-- I'm curious to see where the Hood/Brock relationship goes. Will Brock come to appreciate Hood's darker methods? Or, will that make him try even harder to get rid of Hood?

-- Was the warehouse REALLY so remotely located that no one was around to hear or see the semi crash into it? And, the trio sure seemed awfully casual about leaving the scene after it blew up -- certainly THAT should have drawn some attention.

-- Does Hood really NOT see how easily Kai could take him out? Blow up his loft or car? Ambush him with a dozen men? Club him in his sleep? And, frankly, if Kai does NOT at least attempt any of that, it will dash any credibility of the show/character.
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Feb 22, 2014
Really good episode now Hood and Procter are going to war now but I see that rabbit is coming back as well . Carrie can see the mistakes she made with her family are coming back to haunt her. At least the rest of the Banshee PD had something to do .
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Feb 22, 2014
where did you see that Rabbit is coming back? Cast of upcoming episodes? Or, clue in the ep?
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Feb 22, 2014
rabbit made a appearance when carrie was in prison also I reckon rebecca going to blow her brains out after being groomed by procter. It can't be finishing soon can it only 10 episodes , how come Hawaii Five O goes on for 22 eps and this only 10 ?
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Feb 23, 2014
True, but in that visit, he said, "You will never see me again."

That could mean:

* I'm coming to kill you and you won't see me do it.

* I'm sending someone else to kill you.

* You tried to kill me. I'm sensing maybe you don't love me, anymore, so this is good bye.

* I'm just kidding. I'm going to make you're life a living hell.

We'll see.
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Feb 22, 2014
I hope they don't pussy out and find some way around killing Proctor again. I enjoy him as a character, he makes a great villain, but Hood seems pretty bent on killing him, I would hate for them to do the whole song and dance where they come to some kind of agreement or Hood has to keep Proctor alive for some reason. I just don't want it to get where each season Hood eventually decides he's going to finally deal with Proctor but then doesn't for some reason. Hood's set on killing him, so have the balls to see the story line through and let it play out, you can always make new villains.
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Feb 22, 2014
That's a real challenge writers have on a show like this. On the one hand, you have two main characters the audience loves. Kill one and you lose a bunch of your audience.

OTOH, when you pit them against each other, you lose total credibility if one is unable to finally kill the other. It means the characters aren't as skilled as they were made out to be or the show takes a hit as laming out.
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Feb 23, 2014
Yeah, they're certainly in an awkward position. But I feel like they put themselves there, the end goal is clear, either see it through or don't put us on this path to begin with.
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Feb 22, 2014
Yay........we're on the same page!!!
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Feb 22, 2014
awsome!
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Feb 22, 2014
Good review and another brilliant episode of Banshee.

I'm sure the meat grinder was grinding up Jason.

I wonder if Hood identified some with Jason or saw something in him that reminded him of his childhood. Probably not but it's just a thought. It does emphasize the "good" side of this grey character.

I also miss the pink hair but Job keeps it fresh. I really hope he doesn't do "secret" jobs with just Carrie. That could drive a wedge between Job and Hood which is something I do not want.

LOL (and so true)--> "These Kinaho dudes clearly don't watch Survivor." Total blindside;-)
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Feb 22, 2014
I like your thoughts about Hood identifying with Jason in general or childhood. I'm going with perhaps it was an affront to his character or word that he could'nt deliver on their agreement or protect him; or maybe it was guilt/responsibility for the fact that Jason does'nt have his father anymore and Hood was instrumental in that loss; or because he's now taken over his identity. (God, there was a lot of or's there!)
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Feb 22, 2014
all of those "ors" are viable options;-)
well done!
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Feb 22, 2014
Are we supposed to assume that the meat being grinded was actually the remnants of Jason, or was that just a nicely pointed allusion? I can't decide, and I'm grossed out either way.

I took it as being minced Jason, which is why Rebecca had to watch, a sort of "this is your fault". Although, I really don't get why they killed him. So, he slept with Rebecca, I got the impression from S1 that this isn't a particularly select group. Kai may well start asking himself the same question soon...

I'm betting the next three episodes are going to get crazy!
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Feb 22, 2014
Remember that Kai took a beating to Hood, too, when he found out they'd slept together. Kai seems to have a real problem with anyone doing that.
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Feb 23, 2014
Anyone that's not him given the subtext we've been seeing :p
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Feb 22, 2014
Jeez, I love this show so much.
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Feb 22, 2014
Pure and absolute constant greatness of Bansheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Feb 22, 2014
Now this is war. Banshee style. Love this weeks little bit at the end. Whats the name of that dynamite song?

Also BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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Feb 22, 2014
Buddy Stuart - Ninety Nine Pounds of Dynamite

I think a couple of his songs were used in Breaking Bad too.
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Feb 22, 2014
That's more like it. I wasn't a fan of last week's episode, which I thought reached "The Following" levels of absurdity and stupidity. It was also edited in a very annoying way. But this was great. My only "complaint" is that that the episode felt like it was really short.

The opening with the meat grinder was awesome. I didn't like that Proctor killed Jason in the first place, but that image alone almost made it worth it. It's so wonderfully bizarre and creepy that he made her watch the disposal of the body too, as if murdering her lover when he was still on top of her wasn't enough.

The show really needs to explain what's going on with those two soon.

The introduction of Jason makes more sense now. This is where they were going with it. It's what Hood needed to go after Proctor.

Hood isn't very concerned with that stripper's safety. The nazi guy will probably understand exactly who's been talking to him. On the other hand, he really doesn't want Proctor to find out that he's the one who gave up the location of the meth lab, and going after the stripper now would make it more likely that Proctor would find out. So maybe she's safe for now.

But then again, Proctor isn't going to think it's a coincidence that the cops try to get the strippers to talk, and then within a few days, his meth lab blows up. So he knows where to start looking for the snitch.

I wonder what the next conversation between Brock and Hood will be like. Hood's probably going to deny everything, but the question is, will he try to make it convincing? My guess is no.
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Feb 22, 2014
The dynamic set in motion by this episode which most intrigues me and how it might pan out, is the declaration of war Hood made towards Rebecca. It will be interesting to see how far her character will have to die inside to stick with Proctor or if she eventually takes an out and sides with Hood. Yup, great episode, even bland Sheriff Hood was on mighty form!
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Feb 22, 2014
True. Hood actually handled that whole bit rather badly.

One, he should have found a way to talk to Rebecca, ALONE, without with Kai's interference.

Is it really fair to expect her to tell the truth right in front of a crazy psychopath (Kai)?

Two, he should have been studying her face as he asked the questions so he could see her guilt and discomfort. 3/4 of the interview was with either her facing away or Hood facing away.

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Feb 23, 2014
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about talking to her alone when I was watching it. In the end he saw enough of her face I guess to know something was up.
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Feb 22, 2014
"Who do I have to shoot to get a motherf*cking menu..." Hahahaha, I laugh so hard. Gotta love Job's way of talking. Reminds Deb in dexter.

Poor Rebecca, now every time she's gonna have sex, she'll think about human burger meat... Way to traumatize someone Proctor!

Good episode, I guess this season will go for the ultimate Proctor/Hood face-off. With probably some Rabbit thrown in the mix to add some more intensity in the season finale.

I really don't get why some people dare speak too Proctor the way they do. I mean, I wouldn't dare look at guy the wrong way. You know you don't want to get your face bashed with a glass...

Where is Nola? :( I miss her so much.


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Feb 22, 2014
I'm worried now. With Hood going after Proctor and the power Proctor possesses, things can't end up well for the police. You could make a case that everyone except Hood/Proctor has a chance to be killed by seasons end.

Please don't kill Job. I remember the trailer (it's been aired before for all you spoiler phobes) with Job running through the hall in the black jacket fearing for his life, so that's what concerns me.

I definitely think it was Jason that was being turnt up. Kai learned his lesson from when Arno had the video implicating he and Burton cutting up Randall. As a matter of fact, Arno was probably patient zero in the grinder!!!!

Lol!!


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