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Banshee S02E06: "Armies of One"


Although Banshee's second season has pressed the proverbial pedal to the metal as far as the fights, sex, and violence are concerned, the show, particularly over the last few weeks, has really taken its characters to some compelling new places. Banshee isn't some Mad Men-level character study, and it's not trying to be, but I've been especially impressed by how it's turned inward on Hood and Carrie. And as I mentioned last week, their story isn't just about the romantic tension that exists between the two of them. They have individual goals and problems that've added an extra level of texture to the season, and ultimately, that's made the show better. 

And while last week's "The Truth About Unicorns" technically made it a little easier for Banshee to explore the complicated feelings between Hood and Carrie and their various personal demons because it was such a singular entity, "Armies of One" deserves a lot of credit for blending the character stuff into a more "typical" episode of the series. Outside of its over-reliance on fast-moving flashbacks to really hammer home the point of whatever the characters were thinking about in a given moment, I quite enjoyed how "Armies of One" handled the aftermath of the detour into the woods. (Seriously though, the flashbacks were too much. Sure, they were helpful in a way, but I prefer that TV shows don't just assume I'm a dunce who can't remember things. I am a dunce, but I can usually remember.)

And despite my squabbles about Banshee's treatment of Carrie's prison stint, there was a lot to like here as she continued to push herself back into the Hopewell family, with varying degrees of success. Carrie's singular directive to get her family back is appealing to me, because it constantly reminds us that she's not going to just run off with Hood and start doing jobs for kicks. And though the beats here were pretty familiar given that we already know what Carrie wants and that she's willing to do whatever to make it happen, I liked how "Armies of One" further illustrated the impact of Carrie's actions on the rest of her kin.


It was smart of Banshee to not drag out any sort of "secret" plotting by Carrie, and as such, Deva was already clearly aware that her mother had returned, and was dropping off random gifts. Deva's reaction to her mom's actions was about as level-headed as we could expect from a confused teenage girl: She told Carrie to get out, then lost it when a couple of preppy peers were talking trash during driver's ed training (shout-out to the instructor for letting that garbage happen), and eventually realized that she could only be so angry for so long. At worst, it's time for her to discover who Carrie really is. But for Gordon, things couldn't sink much lower. He's trying to keep it together for the kids, but that's not really working. And while we learned this week that he has Brock investigating Hood to figure out why all of this happened, there wasn't much there yet. Thank goodness he has access to a fully stocked (in more ways than one) strip club where he can drown his sorrows, only to stumble home and scare the life out of his son. But even still, I got the sense that Gordon isn't really ready to ditch Carrie completely—or at least he's not ready to ditch the possibility of an intact family. Oh, and hey, the one flashback I did enjoy was the one where Carrie first met Gordon at the diner, that was cute. 

While this week's Hopewell family drama was good, this episode's material for Hood was even better. Banshee has been slowly teasing out Hood's frustrations, disappointments, etc., for a few weeks now and "Armies of One" brought it to the forefront in probably the best way the series knows how: by introducing a highly-skilled fighter who in some ways mirrors Hood. There are reasons keeping Hood in Banshee, but those reasons are becoming fewer and farther between, and when a couple of deadly hitmen-esque characters strolled into town looking to take down Jason Hood for his robbery in Portland, Hood found himself right in the middle of another shootout he didn't have anything to do with. That has to wear on a man physically, but it's a mental drain, too—especially since Brock no longer appears interested in looking the other way. Sure, Hood did take another man's identity. But he didn't ask for scummy Jason Hood to show up in Banshee, bringing all his problems with him. And yet, Hood knew that he had to manage the situation, not only to save his own ass, but because this is becoming the thing that he does. Although he might not be the real sheriff, he has certainly grown into Banshee's protector. 


"Armies of One" went out of its way to drum up a comparison between Hood and the episode's primary antagonist, Quintin (played by Welsh actor Andrew Howard). It also pressed hard on the whole 'honor among thieves and criminals' thing. Howard and Antony Starr had a fun chemistry, and it was nice to be reminded that Starr can handle those tête-à-tête-style conversations, just as it was nice to be reminded that Hood can also outsmart his opponents before he beats them half to death on a highway and then uses a skidding semi truck to decapitate them. You know, as you do. The kind of instinct that pushed Hood to follow Quintin even after they made a deal (more money for Jason's survival) makes him one hell of a sheriff, but it's also the kind of tactic that shows us he's never going to be a traditional law enforcement officer. And he probably doesn't want to be, but what the heck does Hood want?

If "Armies of One" is is any indication, he doesn't have much of answer to that question. The conversation between Hood and Siobhan was illuminating in that regard. He wanted to know if she thinks people can change, or evolve, clearly because he's struggling with what evolution might mean for him. Does it mean committing to the job, to Siobhan (who he's kind of going through the motions with), and to Banshee? Does it mean skipping town and trying to start a new life? Or does it mean returning to a life of crime? This episode's final moments, where Job revealed that Rabbit set Hood up to go to prison all those years ago for a bag of fake diamonds, is sure to make those questions even tougher to answer. But it also means we'll probably see a few more sequences with Hood fighting his way through those complex feelings, if only to forget them.



NOTES

– R.I.P. Jason Hood. You will not be missed. I appreciate Banshee dealt with that character in a Banshee-y way, but the storyline never totally succeeded for me. Though "Armies of One" tried to make us think that the leftover watch, the one Hood took off the real Hood, could still lead to some kind of reveal, Banshee has now managed to dispatch two people who knew Hood's secret in as many weeks. Good thing Brock is investigating on the periphery. 

– Hey, did you think Clay Burton was creepy before? Now you're probably terrified. Not only did he take out Jason—mid-coitus with Rebecca, per Proctor's orders—but then we were treated a lovely montage of Clay cleaning up the murder scene, cross-cut with him being flagellated. PARTY ON. 

– And I guess as far as Proctor goes, it's totally cool for him to get down with the ladies, not to mention for Rebecca to watch as he's, uh, serviced, by said ladies, even though she's not really allowed to experience that kind of gratification herself. Banshee probably needs to dedicate much of a full episode to those two really soon, because these little weirdo moments aren't quite enough. I think. Let's hope it doesn't get too weird.

– Job's hairdo this week was my favorite by far. Hoon Lee looks great as a pinkhead!


What'd you think of "Armies of One" How'd you feel about Jason's departure?


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AIRED ON 5/20/2016

Season 4 : Episode 8

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"I prefer that TV shows don't just assume I'm a dunce who can't remember things. I am a dunce, but I can usually remember."

Far and away my biggest complaint about most TV shows.

"It was nice to be reminded that Starr can handle those tête-à-tête-style conversations, just as it was nice to be reminded that Hood can also outsmart his opponents"

It's not really something we get to see very often...certainly not often enough. The flashback scene after he gets arrested and is being interrogated by the detective with Racine behind the glass might be one of my favourited. "You made the worst mistake you could make...you lied to somebody smarter than you". I want to see MORE of THAT Hood.

On a side note, do we actually know what Hood's real name is? Racine still didn't know last week, but you'd think prior to serving 15 years in jails, that the criminal justice system would have figured that out.

"Banshee probably needs to dedicate much of a full episode to those two [Proctor & Rebecca] really soon, because these little weirdo moments aren't quite enough."

That's a relationship I really don't quite get yet. Even before her exile with Proctor picked her up from the bar, there was a weird incest vibe coming from him and that hasn't really gone away, but it hasn't gone further. Did he have Jason killed because he was being protective or because he was jealous...? I'm betting on the latter.

"Hey, did you think Clay Burton was creepy before? Now you're probably terrified. Not only did he take out Jason—mid-coitus with Rebecca, per Proctor's orders—but then we were treated a lovely montage of Clay cleaning up the murder scene, cross-cut with him being flagellated. PARTY ON."

From the second he popped up on the screen I immediately started laughing to myself, "Hey, it's a live action Owen Burnett!!!"


I wonder if David Xanatos knows that his butler has been stolen and is now a henchman for another villain?
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So that's how they're gonna put Hood and Proctor on a collision course. The look on Rebecca's face as Kai squeezed the life out of Jason Hood (who made the same mistake Wicks made a while back, stuck around too long after at least being given a chance by the man they call 'Hood') - Every time she thinks she knows exactly who Uncle Kai is - he ups the ante. In the car afterward she knows she more trapped than she was back on the farm. That shot in the hotel of Jason's lights going out as blood rushed into his eyes. That was a great scene. I guess there must be a lot worse ways to go out. Although the expression in her eyes post coitus must have scared the... poor dumb kid whose best dumb move turned out to be the one that killed him. Quinn not so lucky. I guess the moral of this story was - just LISTEN to Sugar. Poor dude runs a bar, has worlds of experience when it comes to survival in this town and none of these dumb people listen to him. I think saying Jason Hood was just scummy is a little cursory. He was a young person who was coming to his dad for help when he got into trouble - scummy for being young? I think Rebecca may be broken. Burton smelling the sex on the sheets before completing the clean up one of the participants was pretty disturbing.

Most heartening scene was Deva and Carrie at the diner sharing a meal after Gordon's spiral into depression and the bottle and strippers that work for Kai continued. They really need mom to come home. Best part was when Deva honestly told her mother, who kept leaving gifts for Deva in her room - the old standby for split up families in a drama - that the gifting was creepy. Thumbs up to the writers! Brock is becoming a pain in the ass for everybody - he's just wants to be Sheriff.

Job gloriously returned for a great scene. So the contents from the safe that 'Hood' robbed that landed him in prison - for 15 years - were just glass. Rabbit did all this to him because he was f'in his daughter and didn't tell him, and Olek gave it up because he was in love with her too. You think Kai and Rebecca is f'ed up, i give you Rabbit and Anna. Where's Rabbit after that awesome appearance at the prison?

Then this show - Hood makes sweet sweet love to Siobhan, leaves the trailer expecting to get the money and finally say goodbye to Banshee and its myriad of bullsh1t that keeps finding him - and the diamonds were fake so because of him giving away the reduced hall from the casino heist he's back to square one, broke, still sitting exactly where Rabbit knows he is. And there are only four left.

This show is so incredibly good. The post credit shot of Quinn's head in the field! Very awesome the weather agreed with production cause once again, the exteriors looked so beautiful. I feel bad for those that haven't tried it.

BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! If it isn't 'Banshee', it isn't as good.
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But wouldn't Hood have been able to get his money back after he rescued Jason?
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Didn't make any sense for Job to demonstrate that the diamonds were fake by smashing one with a hammer. A genuine diamond, when hit with a hammer, would shatter as well. Diamond is a very hard material, but not a particularly tough material.
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If it was a real diamond he wouldn't have smashed it even if he could. The smash was to show it was worthless, if it was fake money he probably would have burnt it.
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Oh yes. For those who turn off the TV when the credits roll, never do that for a Banshee episode, you miss the last scene. There is always something else after credits roll.
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For most of us Banshee fans, we already saw the flashback scene of when Gordon first meet Carrie but I am still glad they show a little bit of it.

Clay Burton is doing the whole psycho killer thing and that "bad" guy this week does look a little like Jason Statham !

I mentioned the weird "incest" kind of relationship between Proctor and Rebecca a few episodes ago. This week it looks like it is taken up a notch. I agree we have got to have an episode about this two.

It now looks like Proctor is having " I cannot have you so no one else can" kind of creepy feeling for Rebecca and imprisoning her. I think now she realized she has jumped from a cage into a prison and I hope she fights back soon!

I was hoping Jason Hood would be given a second chance, he is still a kid and was totally shocked by the death, same fate as Daddy :-(
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that incest vibe was also present in season 1
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Ya it's always been there and it's coming from both sides. And it's been extremely creepy to watch.
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I love how the writers are teasing Hood with a taste of a normal life. Or somewhat of a normal life and the thought that he can become a better version of himself. I think that is what Ana experienced when she met Gordon. But I think it is all an illusion really. Hood and Ana are the same, they are thieves. It's who they are. Job knows this and the way he is sitting back and watching this all play out is hysterical. And can i just say that Job is over the top incredible and I can't get enough of him. I can't get on the Siobhan train like others though. She bores and is only there to give Hood what he needs right now. Still think she won't be around for very long. Other thoughts - Proctor is the nastiest character that I almost feel guilty about enjoying, another fantastic performance on this show. Deva is excellent as a troubled teen who is angry with the mother that she is actually exactly like, and Gordon needs to pull himself together already. How do Ana and Hood find any kind of a happy ending through this. I hope they do. Love love love this show.
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pretty good episode i liked the british baddie we do play them well , i do think carrie will get back with the family.Clay looks like he going to be serious bad ass Good twist at the end did'nt expect that.
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I have only one thing to say:
Hood is CURSED.
No question about it.
I said it last week - I'm repeating it now.
There's no other explanation for all the sh*t that man gets handed on a regular basis.
He's not even allowed to have an empty summer house that could serve as a reminder of the happiness he COULD have had - nope, the universe needs to remove it from existence ASAP.
He's not allowed to have ONE semi-happy ending courtesy of his own doing, watching a younger, dumber version of himself (Hood Jr.) ride off into the sunset without paying the penalty; nope.
Everything has to go.
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Like many other fans here, the only real complaint with the episode I had is the overuse of those edits. It just doesn't work all the time, especially when the reveal/climax of a scene is what makes everything. Showing it a second into the scene when the build-up is still going is a big no no. It worked last week, but it's getting too much!
Few other points:
- the 'villain of the week' was ok to me, but because it was Clay & Kai killing off
Jason Hood in the end, over a simple lay with Rebecca, that whole plot line
became obsolete. That was not Banshee-y enough for me. Better next time!
- At least no more Jason Hood
- Clay should be 'villain of the week' on The Blacklist LOL
- Proctor is so damn awesome!
- I need more Proctor/Alex and I already miss Alex' sister!
- I love Siohban, I hope we get more plot lines for her besides Hood's current
favourite past time...and Emmet aswell!
- A little less Gordon, loser/shitty father, would be nice too
- This show needs 24 episodes a season, i mean, c'mon!!!
Only four episodes left? I'm already dreading the hiatus...

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So, that means Banshee 1 vs. Transporter 0, I guess. Hood had to be quite tough to take down even a Jason Stratham's wannabe. I love the way Hood finds way to overcome better fighters.
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It's Statham, Jason Statham, I share the same surname so I'm prickly kay??? ;)
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Sorry! It just makes me think of stratus, stratosphere, strath, strategy, hence the mistake.
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Oh, well.... Maybe the wannabe is Stratham?
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LOL Yeah "Jayson Stratham" ;)
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Could be... Anyway, who hasn't had problems with odd foreign names at least once, right?
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it gets darker and darker every episode and I love it. All the tension without much words I love it. For me one of the best shows at the moment. And dont let me get startet on the characters every single one of them fits perfect and makes this show so much fun to watch.
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This show doesn't make sense sometimes. But at the same time everything have an explanation that make sense to the things happening in Banshee. Sometimes the answers and clues are revealed as the show goes on, and other clues are found in other media (like Banshee origins). A very important character motive is still hidden at plain view. At least I think. I hope I'm wrong.
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Ok, did anyone else think FATALITY (Mortal Kombat) after that decapitation!!!!! That was awesome! Also Hood's face after Job crushed the "diamond" was priceless. I'm not sure if he wanted to throw up or cry. Great episode lots of things coming together, so it can all fall apart!
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Is it Hood lying in the field in the final scene at the end after the credits roll?
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it's the decapitated head
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No, it's the severed head. The body is decapitated, as "decapitated" means "beheaded," or "with its head cut off."
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Cheers!
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I loved The Transporter entrants, huge surprise when Job showed Hood the diamonds are fag..... I can't wait to see what he will do after 15 years in prison...
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All I wanna say is I loved discount Jason Statham (Quentin), I'm glad to have Job back, and I'm glad for more Hood and Siobhan. Alright see you guys next week. Stay sexy.
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Welcome back Banshee, you were so awesome this week, I almost forgot how bland Anthony Starr is!
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* Big homage to The Transporter, in this ep.

* Did Hood let Jason keep ALL of the money? Even the extra he chipped in?

* Hood keeps taking on guys who are bigger and better than he is. He wins by luck more often than not. That can't last and retain any level of believability. It's one thing to be willing to go up such a guy in the spur of the moment, but when you have time to plan ahead, like this time, it's STUPID to go Mano-a-mano.

* What about the driver of the Semi truck that decapitated the guy? You'd think he'd stop to see what happened. You'd think he'd then be wanting to make a statement. No way this happens and no one talks about it.

* Did Sugar ever tell hood about Brock? And, what's Hood going to do about it?

* Banshee totally wasted screentime on Jason Hood. When we first met him, I posted the character was either a sociopath or the actor was terrible. Now I think there was a third option -- bad directing.

Time and again, Jason was threatened (by Job, by Sugar, by "dad") and he didn't blink an eye. Just another day at the office. A lot of possibilities with that.

But, then they bail by making him out to be a scared kid who got over his head.

They wasted a good opportunity -- and I suspect, they saw they were going down the wrong road and decided to cut bait (sorry for the mixed metaphor).
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You can hear the truck squeal to a stop after the decapitation. It would have been redundant to hear the guy say, Oh man, I cant believe I killed a guy, wasnt his fault
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No, I mean AFTER all that. I expect future episodes will pretty much ignore what happened, there, but a death like that is BIG news, anywhere, and the driver that did it as well as the previous drivers that passed them fighting would definitely be talking about it. News. Talk Shows. Police investigation. Insurance. All of which would ruin Hood, so I'm guessing the writers will sweep it under the rug.
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This episode was about determinism; that Jason could not escape his death, Hood the town, and Rebecca the omnipresence of Kai. We are literally being told that whatever happen next could not have been avoided, so be afraid, be very afraid. WahahaHaHaHAHAhahahahaha.
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One of the things I love about Banshee is how they play a moment up without reaching a peak that doesn't allow for anti-climax. When Quintin and his guy walk into the bar, they waste little time in trying to waste each other. Shotgun out... boom. Then the assassin is quite easily decapitated by Hood. And of course there's the downcast eyes as Brock realizes he's been caught rummaging through Hood's domain. All classic.
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What has proctor told Rebecca about what she's not allowed to do? I think there's something, but I don't remember what, or when. Did he say that she's not allowed to go to Sugar's bar at all?
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It was a bit nebulous, but he said, "if you're going to be with me, you've got to be ALL the way with me."

Was he saying you can only have relations with me?

Or, was he recognizing that she was acting out because she couldn't handle the worst of Kai's life choices?

While it sort of looked like the former, that doesn't make too much sense, since he hasn't really offered her THAT kind of relationship.

So, it's probably the latter. He's telling her, "Yes, I'm going to do bad things, and you can't freak out every time you observe that."

Not sure what to make of her reaction in the car, though. Was she upset about the boy getting killed in front of her? About her being trapped under Kai's utter control? It's unclear. Open to lots of interpretation.
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He is having a "I cannot have you so no one else can" kind of feeling towards Rebecca. I think he does not want incest yet but one day he might.
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I guess I wasn't clear enough. I was wondering if he had said something about what she can't do before this episode. Wasn't there an episode where he physically dragged her away from the bar or something like that? If that actually happened (I only have a very weak memory of something like that), what did he say to her then?
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Hey, I was TERRIFIED by Clay Burton from the get-go! This guy is bad news. BAD NEWS.


Why do so many of you have problems with Kai's decision to kill Jason in front (top) of Rebecca? I didn't expect less from him, maybe I'm the only one understanding the poor fella'.(lol) He wants her. ALL of her. But not in a "simple" way, I could imagine Procter making her watch him fucking other women naked, only making eye contact, totally psycho-fucking her. And to complete the cruel circle of dominance, she, in return, never gets to be with any other man ever. Good choice Rebecca(h), with Kai you're in good hands. Well done!
Job's revelation at the end of this MOSTLY great episode(de-ca-pi-ta-tion, lol - but still:holy fuck!) just blew my mind, concidering the magnitude of evil on Rabbit's side of the fence. But did he know? I think he did but I'm not so sure anymore...

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"Why do so many of you have problems with Kai's decision to kill Jason in front (top) of Rebecca?"

He's been training her to be his partner in crime, not his slave. So he needs to be able to trust her, and he needs her to choose to work with him. This murder will make it much less likely that she will choose to work with him, and much more likely that she will start hating him. That means that from now on, he can't really trust her. So he has ruined the very thing that he started to build at the end of season 1. That is the main reason.

You could argue that he was trying to build two things, that he just abandoned one of them (the partner in crime idea) for the other (sexual dominance). But if he just wanted to establish his dominance, there are other ways he could have punished her. And I don't think he has abandoned the partner in crime idea.

It was also an unnecessary risk to kill Jason. He didn't know that no one will miss Jason, and he didn't know how many people saw Jason leave the bar with Rebecca. So he should expect a full murder investigation, and to be considered a suspect.
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I see where the problem starts: don't believe Proctor just because he looked Rebecca in the eyes and said so. Why would he honestly be interested in her becoming his partner in crime? Why any partner? It was a ruse to begin with and nothing more. And now she knows but can't do shit to stop/change it. Her reaching out to Hood might be her only chance, maybe Nola or her brother too - but either way shit will hit the fan.
The unnecessary risk of killing Jason, destroying everything he tried to built with her - for me it's consistent, not inconsistent with the character.
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He is grooming her to take over his legacy, to be his heir not his partner. He clearly doesn't have an interest in finding a wife and having kids, so Rebecca is a substitute for this. Also if he can make her like him she would be a powerful tool. I think she had no idea of what she was getting into with Proctor, but it suited her at the time. Also she probably thought she is tougher than she is, using her hotness to manipulate men, but Proctor operates on a different level. Killing Jason said two things to me. Proctor doesn't care about the law at all, and it was a way of intimidating/controlling Rebecca more.
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I didn't like this episode.

Those weird edits were even more annoying than usual, and more overused. They're not just irritating; they diminish the impact of every scene where that technique is used.

That scene on the highway:
* How did Hood "follow" the British guy to that spot? OK, let's just say that it's the only way out of town so that he knew where to wait. How did he know when to get out in the middle of the road with his gun visible? It's not easy to recognize a car under those conditions. All you see are the lights. Did he stop every single car like that? How did they react to a guy with a gun standing in their path?
* OK, this is a small detail, but I found it kind of silly that FIVE huge trucks passed that spot in two minutes.
* Hood and the British guy fell directly in front of the front left wheel of the fourth truck and only survived because the truck wasn't really there. That's not how you're supposed to use visual effects.
* I didn't see any swords or chainsaws sticking out from the bottom of the fifth truck, so decapitation wasn't exactly realistic (since there was nothing that prevented his body from just falling backwards).
* How is Hood going to explain what happened there?

Everyone's behavior made less sense than usual:
* The British guy confronting Hood without a good reason to think that he wouldn't be arrested or shot on the spot.
* Proctor and his bodyguard killing Jason. WTF was that supposed to accomplish?
* Deva's driving. What the hell was that? It doesn't make any sense that she would drive like that. It would have been better if she had stopped the car, got out, and then pulled those girls out from the back seat by their hair.
* Hood putting the gun away to fight the British guy. What was the plan there? Did he think that if he defeats the guy in a fight, he's going to leave town and never come back, out of respect for Hood's skill as a fighter?
* A minor detail, but it seems dumb for Brock to steal the picture he found, since it might get Hood to figure out that someone's been there.
* Rebecca's sex scene was weird. I liked how it started, with her taking charge, inspired by her uncle. But then they cut to her just lying there and taking it like a depressed whore. Why not do the entire scene the way it started, with her in charge? That would have been so much better.
* Whipping WTF?
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What did the truck driver do after the crash? There's two guys fighting on the road and a car there. He surely got out and saw the body. I don't mind most of the crazy on this show, 5 trucks per minute, Hood having built in GPS, Hood fighting rather than shooting the guy (it's more interesting to some I guess, or it's a weird guy code), but just ignoring the truck driver bugs the crap out of me. Maybe he just took off when he saw Hood take off? Why not include that, it's crappy but it's something. Why show the head at the end, as if it might be found? What happened the body left in the middle of the road?
Agree about the sex scene, it made sense that she is trying to emulate her uncle. Maybe this shows that she isn't like Proctor really, she is only playing pretend. I think I am giving Banshee too much credit there though, it's just easier kill the guy if he is on top.
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I agree that the truck driver issue is more annoying than most things on my list. (The truck driver is part of "How is Hood going to explain what happened there?" but I could have elaborated on that). The number of trucks in particular isn't a big deal.

Good point about how Jason on top enabled them to do the killing scene the way they wanted. By the way, it's not exactly plausible that Clay made it all the way onto the bed before Jason could roll off her or something.

Regarding the head, I think what must have happened is this: (I'm not saying that this is plausible). The fourth truck just took off after the near miss. The fifth one must have stopped, and the driver would have got out. But there was no damage to the truck (it didn't touch Quentin's car) or the cargo, and therefore no need for the driver to insist on a full report for insurance purposes. So Hood flashed a badge and said "I got this, you can leave" and the driver took his truck and left. Then Hood turned off the cloaking device that made his own car invisible and drove it back to Banshee with the body in the trunk, while Jason drove Quentin's car. He left the head because he didn't immediately see where it was, and figured "if I can't see it, people driving by aren't going to either, at least not until morning". The after credits scene showed us the morning, before Hood went back to find the head.

By the way, I noticed something funny when I rewatched the scene again. It's shot at two different locations. When the camera is facing Quentin's car, the road has three lanes and a guide rail on the right side of the road. When it's facing the other direction, it has two lanes and no guide rail.
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Maybe the truck driver was a woman, and when she saw Hood her clothes fell off, and she fell under his spell. When they finished shagging she helped Hood out by taking the body and dumping it in another state.

I looked at it again, and that is weird about the road. When you see the car it's like Quentin pulled in to a layby to talk to Hood. Why didn't Quentin just drive over Hood? I give up. Going to watch the Walking Dead now, so a different show can annoy me with inconsistency for a while.
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Although I enjoyed this episode a lot, I definitely agree with you about some of those points, especially Rebecca's sex scene. I'm curious about the whipping, I'm sure we will find out more about it.
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This was a really great episode. I think the past couple of episodes is to show the viewers that this isn't just an action movie. This has some depth to it. The characters, especially Carrie and Hood are trying to find normal or better or whatever that is to them and are trying to understand if that is even possible. Carrie had 15 years of it. I think Hood understands that and wants it. I think that is what is keeping him in Banshee. But as he had asked Siobhan, can that happen. Can people change or evolve or are we pretty much set?

Psychologist's have made great livings from people for decades from people asking that very question. And we are still making pretty good livings at it. At least the smart ones.

But the answer is well some people can and some people can't. Some people for all of their effort really can only exist in their form of stasis and to deviate from it results in their death. Hood is likely one of those people. But he doesn't want to be. He wants to be a good person. I think he wants to be with Siobhan in Banshee or somewhere else and just live a normal life. That is why he was smiling when he gave Quintin the money. It wasn't just to get him out of Banshee it was to give Jason the life that Hood never had.

The only bad part of that plan was that Jason was a freaking idiot. Jason never fit well into the cast of characters that are in Banshee. Tough, smart, people that are trying to make their lives better, but are being held back by things that are out of their control, or are very much in control and they keep making mistakes. Jason was an idiot and deserved to die. As soon as Hood said you only get one second chance and he showed up at the bar, he was dead. The world of Banshee doesn't suffer fools and Jason was perhaps the biggest we have come across.

As many said, the death of Jason was expected. But to be honest I thought it was going to be Rebecca in a fit of evolution that was going to head her more towards what Kai is and snap his neck or choke him with the lamp cord. I almost think that would have been a better result.

But if she hadn't have done that we would not have had that great cleaning montage for Clay to the great score of La Favorita. This stuff really is Clay's favorite things to do. Murder and mayhem and covering up Kai's stuff really is what he was made for, it is what he enjoys. Clay might be the only sane person in Banshee because he knows who he is, he knows what he is, he knows where he is and he knows his part in it all. And he revels in it.

Clay does what the rest seem to not be able to. He enjoys himself. Carrie, Hood, Job, all of them. They dislike their place in all of this and want to get out, get better, get more. Clay just wants to sit back and enjoy the disturbing ride to the soundtrack of a great Opera.

As for the rest, they need to flesh out what the hell is wrong with Gordon. I get that feeling betrayed by your wife is taxing. But you have two kids, one with a health problem. Get it together man. He like Jason, just doesn't fit in the world of Banshee. He is the odd man out. And you would think that if he was smart enough, he would run for the now vacant Mayor seat and then try to get Hood fired. I mean despite Hood being the chief, he still is on probation. I would think he would have plenty of stuff to fire him over. But he isn't, because he is kind of a moron.

Also the incestual thing between Kai and Rebecca is a bit weird. I think it is largely Kai trying to control and thusly teach Rebecca. Rebecca is supposed to be his heir and she is still acting like a rebellious child, but she really doesn't have anything left to rebel against. She isn't in Amish country anymore. I am not sure if he is trying to teach her that she is better than some chump at the bar, or that she should be the one in control, or that she is just his. The comment of you are with me is a complex one because of the whole implied incest attraction kind of thing. It could be one of those, it could be all of those. It could be that in order to stake his claim on the casino that Rebecca is going to have to marry Longshadow. Something, I don't know. I agree that they are going to need to give it at least a half an episode if not a full one.

I am not sure what they are doing with Brock. This seems a little too late to get this inquisitive about Hood. He had his shot last season and didn't do anything with it. But I do understand the reason why. Gordon is too weak of a character to do it alone. He needs a surrogate to the the heavy lifting because well, he is kind of a nob. But he has the rest of the ADA's and I am not sure why Brock is the one other than there needs to be that one conflict within the department.

The rest was good. Dava looks a lot better without the black lipstick. But very very few women can pull that look off.
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It is so nice to see that the professional among us has the same view on Rebecca :)

Anyways, always nice to read your thoughts on the mind-games stuff.
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Another superb episode. After last weeks easing off the pedal (an episode which I'd still say ranks as good as anything from any show this season), Banshee gets back to it high-octane self.

This weeks musings.
Proctor effortlessly moves from nice guy to weird sociopath.
Not as weird as Burton though...
RIP Jason. I thought you'd screw Hood over and get some classic Banshee justice. Unfortunately you screwed Kai over first.
Another good performance from Antony Starr. WE all know he can handle the physical aspects of the show, but he's really nailing the inner conflict stuff.
Speaking of physical, Hood gets outclassed in a fight again and still does what it takes to win. Gotta love a guy who doesn't want to lose.

Can't believe there's only 4 more episodes...:(
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What? Only 4 more episodes? Noooooooo…..
I put Banshee up there (favorite shows) with Breaking Bad and Justified.
I <3 your avatar;-)
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I will kind of miss Jason. As dumb and annoying as he was, I liked this character!
LOVED the scene after the credits. Those little things make this show so brilliant.
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First thing first...


Now, maybe I'm the only person thinking this way, but don't you find it amazing that there's still people in Banshee willing to start shit up with complete strangers? I mean, after all the mayhem the arrival of Lucas Hood brought to their town, if I were them, I for one would be all like "There's a new guy? 'Know what? 'Staying away from that dude, 'cause new guys are nothing but troubles lately. 'Stranger-Danger' - that's what my mama always said, knowhatimean?" Hey, every man would tell you that none of us can resist the impulse of licking an exotic car (really, seriously... WTF!?), but, if I'm stupid enough to fuck around with some guy, backed by two of my friends, and this is the reaction I get from said guy...


... hopefully, I'm smart enough, even as a hick, to go "OOOOOkay. Dude's a psycho. Apologies immediately for being a jackass, and GTFO of here with your posse before he starts messing us up!" Sadly, since I would be a hick living in or around Banshee, it's very unlikely I could muster such a thought. Are those dumbasses related to the Moody family? What happens to those clowns?

A-ny-way... good episode. Its overall tone is drastically different than last week's, with all its manic cut-editing, even when the story really didn't required it, compare to "The Truth About Unicorns"'s long shots. I'm surprised Babak Najafi, who directed both episodes, was better at slow, atmospheric settings than he was with a more frantic pacing, not that he wasn't good here, mind you, it's just... personally, I just think he was better last week, is all. Then again, it's probably his editor's fault - I mean, they've cut-edited Brock going down stairs from Lucas' apartment, for chrissake! That's a bit much. Another thing that was a bit much: the flashbacks. I'm so with Cory here - maybe it was warranted at the start of the show, but they popped out throughout the whole episode. I doubt any viewer of Banshee needed this much reminders of what was at stake here. Man, I hope they stop doing this asap.

I'm sad to see Quintin go out so soon - he was a genuinely dangerous badass, but I guess it couldn't be helped. Plus, his early departure gave us this pretty sweet kill:


One thing you would have noticed, if you paid attention, about their two confrontations is that the limey, exactly like the Albino, was a much better fighter than Hood. Quintin seriously threw him around and put him down with ease. But that's the thing with Lucas: he doesn't actually win fights - he ENDS them. When he's done with you, YOU'RE DONE, and he always walks away from it, while his adversary... usually don't. Goes to show: no need to be a great fighter when you are a great ender.

As for Jason Hood... man, Jason Hood. Unlike some of you (looking straight at you, Barker), I'm kinda disappointed his arc ended the way it did. Yes, he was a dumb weakling, but, given all the effort Hood gang put in to keep him alive and get him out of town... what a waste. It was not even a dignified death, and it could have been soooo easily avoided - hey Sugar, would it have killed you, when the dummy said "it's the good kind of trouble, right?", to reply "No - she's the 'I-stole-60-grands-from-my-psychotic-boss-and-need-a-new-identity-otherwise-he-will-kill-me-so-hard' kind of trouble, you moron!"? But I guess we needed Proctor to be in conflict with Hood, and this will definitely do it... And, speaking of Proctor: overreact much? Fuck if I know what's going on in your head when it comes to your niece (NOTHING GOOD, for sure), but, seriously, her boinking some random dude warrant killing him off? How about just beating the shit out of him, boss? Wouldn't that still pass a pretty clear message that Rebecca is off-limit without the need of disposing of a body? Kinda make you wonder: how many dudes did Procter buried so far because of her promiscuity, since Becca was FAR from being a virgin when she hooked up with Hood? Seriously ridiculous... but conflict and a reminder that Clay is a walking freakshow were needed, it seems, so... farewell, Jason Hood. You horny, dumb fuck.

Everything related to the Hopewell clan... just sad. I mean, that group-hung at the end...


... kinda impossible not to feel sorry for them. Too bad I'm only foreseeing even more misery in their future.

Lucas has to be the grow-up there and stop whatever is happening between him and Siobhan from happening. If there's one thing he should have learned by now, it's that him hooking up with any woman automatically put said woman in danger. No doubt about it, he cares about the girl, but, if he really cared, he would stay the hell away from her. Your penis is cursed, dude! Keep it in your pants!

Watching Alex Longshadow eating his pride for power was kinda fun!

Watching Rebecca peeping/perving on her knowing uncle was... spectacularly gross.

And, as for that last reveal.... sorta saw it coming. Like most of you, I watched Banshee Origins, and it goes without say that, if Rabbit tipped the cops about the robbery BEFORE Hood and Anna even got started, he would have move his real diamonds too. It's kinda impossible to imagine Lucas not trying to get some payback from it all - hell, I can definitely see Carrie tagging along on his revenge tour! Next week episode, "Ways to Bury a Man", sounds like it's going to be a bloody mess; I just have no idea who's going to be attack first - so many possible targets available!

... Oh, and Cory, you can see Banshee Origins on Cinemax Youtube channel. I am as shock as the rest of them that you haven't done it yet - you have no idea what you're missing out, buddy.
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Killing Jason wasn't a message to others that Rebecca is off limits. It's a message to Rebecca that I own that ass. Also the double standard of don't be a tramp, only men can have meaningless sex. Or maybe he just meant, with great p****, comes great responsibility, use it wisely not carelessly.
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You beat me to the GIF of the decapitation. I kind of wish they would have inserted a word overlay like in the 1960s Batman when the head popped off:


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Your penis is cursed, dude! Keep it in your pants!
It's not his fault when all the women can't help but to jump at him all the time. He's just compliant, is all. What was Hood's reply to Sugar explaining to him that his demons follow around wherever he goes and the danger he puts his loved ones in at the end of last weeks fantastic episode? "Fuck them". Fuck them. A man. A word.

And Kai forcefully making LONG eye contact with Rebecca was even more gross.
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Hey, if I were in the same position as he is, with the opportunities he's getting, of course I would also drown myself in that ****!
That being said, him having an ongoing affair with Siobhan is trouble. And he knows it too. So he should be smart enough to put an end to it before the girl get hurt, either emotionally or physical.

And that whole scene with the Proctors was GROSS - 'ain't nobody walking away from it, feeling like a stable and well-adjusted member of society.
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And don't forget it was repeatedly gross ...
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Everything about Rebecca and Proctor's relationship scares me, but I also think it' s one of the most interesting and fun things in this show. I so knew Jason Hood would bite the dust, he had it coming. I want to see more of Clayton Burton, he is just too awesome. This was another great episode of Banshee.
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Awesome episode!
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They need to kill Gordon ASAP, Jesus that guy sucks!
Did they said Rabbit planted the fake Diamonds?

Siobhan is awesome!!!
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"Did they said Rabbit planted the fake Diamonds?" - Job said he set them up, but its unclear.
He said he should have done more research etc., so Rabbit knew they were fakes - but they never cover whether he planted them or the place they robbed were responsible for the fakes.
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I've only read the beginning of the review and had to comment~Dude, haven't you watched the Origins clip?? Seriously, WTF? Carrie meeting Gordon is OLD news. We already saw that a long time ago on the Origins clips. I guess you do have a memory problem or you just don't read the comments so you don't know about the Origins stuff that is brought up almost every week in the comments or just don't care enough to look into it (kind of lazy and disrespectful imo which is why I am being disrespectful).
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What's this? Optional add-ons? I'm a purist. People should take their Banshee straight.
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your loss but it is your choice;-) The Banshee Origins video clips are from Banshee (not fan produced) and that entire backstory of how Carrie met Gordon is old--the origins showed it last season or at the end of last season. There's a ton of back story and so much more but I won't spoil it for people who haven't seen it.
banshee origins
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Me too. After my experience with the web comics that supplemented Heroes, I never wanted to see web-based add-ons ever again. I still watched the short extra clips from Breaking Bad because they were supposed to be funny, but they were actually a waste of time. So when I heard about these things (in the comments to 2x01) I decided to ignore them.
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If he does have a memory problem you'll feel really shitty ;-)

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not if it leads to him getting help~currently he is in denial, a dunce, or so "busy" he hasn't read the comments left on previous reviews
:-)
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or Starbucks kicked him out before he could watch them
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LOL! seriously, LOL
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I love this show but I had very mixed feelings about this episode, and I also have the feeling season 1 was better at this point than season 2 is doing.

Let's talk about Carrie. Or actually, there's very little to talk about because her plot this season is literally being grumpy about her family all the fucking time. And now the stalking. How long is that going to last? I seriously don't understand these people. Why is Gordon being such a pussy? Carrie wants to go back. Yes she fucked up, but the core thing here is that she loves her family and wants to be with them. So why on earth is Gordon being so mopy about it, and resorting to drunken adventures in strip clubs when all he has to do is let Carrie back in!? Get a grip man.

Also, why on earth did Proctor murder Jason? Who is Jason to him? Is he really murdering that kid... because his niece saw him getting a blowjob from a hooker and stayed to watch whilst judging him? I mean I assume she was judging him, because she never said so or, anything really, to justify him murdering a casual sexual partner of her. So weird.

Still, the most underwhelming part of the episode was also the most underwhelming fight of all of Banshee. I really enjoyed the villain and all (even if the "I like to get pigeons drunk" exposition was badly written in my view), but damn that fight was stupid. It lasted all of what, a minute? That's pretty poor by Banshee standards. I was expecting at least 7 minutes of rough and violent. As if that wasn't enough, the whole scene is incredibly flawed. The truck that came before the one that decapitated Quintin clearly was going to derail and crash somewhere nearby. Then the truck that does decapitate Quintin, what, the guy just leaves after that happening? How do they not even address that? Nobody is called to that crime scene? Hood doens't even discuss it with them back at the bar?

Driver: Everything alright sheriff!?
Hood: Oh yeah, fine. Was just fighting that guy to deat...I mean that guy was resisting arrest.
Driver: In... in the middle of the highway?
Hood: Well yeah.
Driver: Should you not be calling someone about that truck that crashed right before mine?
Hood: What? Oh. Everything's fine, go back to your vehicle and drive away.
Driver: But...but what about that human head over th....
Hood: EVERYTHING IS FINE MOVE ALONG NOW.
Driver: I'm calling the cops.
*punch punch punch knock-out*
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I don't think she was judging him. She was so inspired by it that she decided to go out and get something similar for herself. I agree about everything else.
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Well done to Jason Statham for that great Mancunian accent, fair play to you sir...
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Thought the accent was Yorkshire? Mancunian is much more nasally.
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What is that accent that the actual Jason Statham uses in his movies?
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Jason Statham uses a kind of generic South London with a hint of Cockney accent, strangely he's from Derbyshire (didn't realise that) which is where my dad was from (Uttoxeter to be precise) so you never know I could be related ;)
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So that's what the accent was? I wish I was better at recognizing accents. Hm, IMDB says that Andrew Howard is Welsh (Cardiff), that he lives in Los Angeles and has worked in London. So Manchester probably isn't his natural accent. Someone else said that his accent in the pilot of The After was Irish. Maybe he's just good at doing many different accents.

There are definitely some similarities with Jason Statham. I thought of that too during the episode, but I've seen Statham to many times to confuse the two.
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I just thought his whole look was B team Jason S. I thought I recognised his face, he was feckin' dis and dat in The After was he?I might be wrong about Manchester, could be The Wirral or Yorkshire.
There was a very short-lived show a couple of years ago (something about the CIA) that got pulled, that featured a "Scottish" character who in real life was Mancunian, welcome to TV land....The character, in back story terms, came from somewhere called "North Edinburgh", which as any Scottish person could tell the script writer would mean the river Forth, and don't get me started on what accent Shrek's meant to be speaking...
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Definitely not The Wirral that'd make it Scouse which is a very distinctively different accent. Good example of Mancunian would be the tool from The Word Terry Christian:

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Not to be picky but where in this episode did you see Jason Statham?
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Sorry, I meant the bloke who looked like JS, I'll get me coat...
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I thought it was funny.
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Did anyone notice how much better Deva looks without all that makeup? Like another person! Wow.
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Also keeping her hair pulled back made her look better
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Another great episode.

It hadn't bothered me until this episode, but yeah, I was really tired of the flashbacks from scenes we saw in the first season. I think I was fine with it to start this season, but 6 episodes in now, that shit stinks. The time-cutting/slicing/weaving reaction thingamabobs (sorry for the technical jargon) is getting a tad tiresome (like with Rebecca in her car after Jason was killed), but I'm not hating them yet.

Everything else was great! I really quite enjoyed Andrew Howard's Quentin. I like that they didn't prolong the Jason storyline, even though I've never really disliked him. And I appreciate the twist at the end there about the diamonds being fake.
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I'm confused. I don't understand if Kai wants Rebecca for himself... or if the Amish in him wants for her to live up to some chastity ideal. Going by his excessive reactions to Rebecca's escapades, I'm not sure we'll be getting a consensual DTR very soon...
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That scene was a bit muddled.

Jason being killed by Kai's bodyguard in front of her was a bit clunky. The incestuous overtones between them has always been there - but to basically act like a jealous lover was very heavy handed.
Also if you consider the fact that earlier in the episode Kai was talking about the casino as a legacy, and implying Rebecca would benefit from it, now makes their relationship seem more like father/daughter and manages to make the sexual tension between them even more abhorrent.

If Kai had Jason killed after Rebecca left the hotel room, it would have been more in line with the way they have proceeded with the sexual attraction plot line - implied mutual interest instead of Kai bluntly coming out with "You're either with me or you're not".
Now it just seems inevitable that they are going to end up screwing, but Rebecca may not be as willing as before
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Well, either way, I think Rebecca is headed for a major break. But not the good kind.

At the beginning of the scene with Jason it looked like she wanted to be the one in control, sort of like Kai with his women. Seemed to me that also why it was shot this way and why she wanted some oral *** while standing up. That made it look like very much a power-thing.
I think she struggles with her position with Proctor and is not really willing to submit to it. Out of that frustration, I think, will come a break in her storyline that will decide if she either submits or fights and excert dominance over someone in some way. And that might turn out very Banshee-y :D
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Yeah, it seems to be a mix of both, although I think the majority is that he just wants her for himself. They've always had that odd relationship where they're both sexually attracted to each other or something, but have held off because of their familial relationship. He seems to crave, love, and require dominance and power, so I think he wants that same relationship with Rebecca. That said, yes, I think there's a smaller part of him that also wants Rebecca to be a "clean" girl, kind of in line with the Amish lifestyle.
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Well, Banshee is been renew for a third season, so Hood is staying in the town for a while ;)
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I think you really hit most of the points in this review, including some of things that annoyed me a little bit like the constant flashbacks, so great job. I liked Quentin, and I would've liked to see him stick around, but he worked just fine as a villain of the week. Like you, I won't mourn the death of Jason too much. I thought all that talk of "you only get one second chance" was pretty much foreshadowing his doom. I had a feeling Rebecca would be the death of him, even though she didn't mean it of course. I'm glad we snippets of who Clay Burton is, or the man he used to be. He is the definition of creepy. He could of just been a bodyguard with no character, and usually tv shows don't start to show the background of a side character like this until very late in the show. That's one of the things I really love about this show, that it tries to define every character, even the one-episode characters like Quentin.

Hood looks like he'll be going after Kai following Jason's disappearance, but I do wonder how Rabbit will fit into all this. Hood just found out he got fucked big time, and I don't think he's going to let this one go. Maybe Rabbit will make his move towards the end, like he did last season, and where the hell is Julian Sands? Overall, a really good episode.

One last thing, Deva looks so much prettier without the ugly makeup.
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"Hood looks like he'll be going after Kai following Jason's disappearance" - I'm not too sure about that. Unless his body turns up, the only link to Kai is Rebecca going off with Jason. He was supposed to be leaving on a train, so Hood might not think much about his disappearance.
The watch being left in the hotel room may just make Hood think the kid didn't actually care that much about his dad.

I'm interested in seeing whether or not Quentin's boss makes an appearance in the future.

And I think Rabbit will turn up at Julian Sands church very soon
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"Julian Sands church"
lol

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That is an interesting question. Will we see more Oregonians in the future? It did seem to leave a door opened to that. Especially in the credits where we see Quentin's head. The only problem with that. In regards to criminal organizations, they tend to lose power and influence the further they are geographically from their home base. Rabbit lost all of this men and he was just a state over.

My guess is yes we will see Quentin's boss in a later season. It can't all be Rabbit.

But that reveal of the fake diamonds. That was pretty good.
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Quentin letting Hood know his boss likes to take care of certain things personally really made me think he will turn up at some point
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To be honest, I expected Rebecca to kill Jason during that scene in his room....
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She looked bored, but not that bored!
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Really loved this episode, and I love the character development we've seen the last couple weeks of Hood and Anna/Carrie. I'm really looking forward to getting back to the Kinaho/Kai saga we had going, now that Kai and Alex have formed a "partnership", and seeing Chaeton come back to town. Should make for some good watching!
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That was missing form Banshee decapitation by semi!

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I'm glad that they're largely returned to form, there was still some annoying editing and the thing where two scenes are happening at once or two points in one scene are intercut which still annoyed me, it's just to artsy and to twee for my taste, but other than a few hiccups it was just as fucked up and violent as usual and included other character besides Hood and Carrie so I'm happy. Even though I wasn't taken with Jason I would have liked him to have survived, or at least not be brutally murdered, but that's Banshee for ya and that's why I like this show.
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I think the intercuts/flashbacks were there to highlight Hoods mood in this this episode - he was basically motivated by regret about his life in general.

The intercuts in the last episode were about his regrets in his relationship with Carrie and how he imagined his life would have turned out if he hadn't gone to jail for 15 years.

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Well that was a return to form for Banshee this week. After last episode I was kind of scared Banshee was loosing it's mojo... It's not!

Clay... Never thought I'd ever be scared shitless seeing a guy cleaning up a room. Well now I know. Creepiest thing in a loooooong time. That guy as serious issues... I like it! Can't wait to learn more.

I kind of feel bad for Siobhan, she deserves better than hoodad just fucking her and leaving after cuz he's not capable of much loving anymore. I feel bad for Hood too, since he's pretty screw up himself but... you know, Siobhan is prettier so she wins the pitty vote on this one. You better be nice Hood or I'll kick your ass! Or not...

Yup Rebecca and Proctor really need to sort out their relationship. A girl needs to tend to those primal urges to. Not fair for her to get her boy toy killed right in front of her...
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While I will agree this was more to form, last weeks episode was still awesome IMO. You can't drive fast all the time, eventually you have to take your foot off the gas and put it on the brake.

That said, there were so many OMG moments tonight. Clover in the bar, Quentin on the highway, Jason (YES) in the hotel, and the diamond reveal all come to mind.

Siobhan's analogy about us evolving really hit home.
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Looks like "evolving" was what this one was all about.
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