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Banshee S02E04: "Bloodlines"


You know, BANSHEEEEEEE truthers, it's a lot of fun to show up every week and dig into the details of stuff like THEME and CHARACTER, because that's just what I like to do on a typical Friday night. But one of the glories of this show—and perhaps its most spectacular accomplishment—is that it simply keeps finding giant human beings to throw into gruesome fights with Antony Starr's Lucas Hood. Last week it was the tribe gang member Chayton Littlestone, who was still wreaking havoc in this episode, and just so we didn't think the Amish community didn't have their own MEGA HUGE boulder of a human being, "Bloodlines" introduced Olafur Olafsson's Jonah Ambrecht. 

It's silly that Hood and company keep running into the biggest oafs on the planet when working cases in a small hamlet in Pennsylvania, but it's also completely awesome. (I kind of hope that at some point, the show reveals that there's toxic sludge in the water, and one of the primary byproducts is increased hossness.) The Banshee team consistently creates new ways to set up and execute the fight sequences, and this one was no different. The showdown between Hood and Ambrecht, a religious extremist teacher who killed the Kinaho girl and kidnapped Rebecca's brother Solomon, started with your basic interrogation tactics, which helped build tension before Hood decided that he'd be better off handling matters his way—you know, by holding people down and burning the back of their necks. Last week's scuffle with Chayton was probably more impressive from a fight choreography standpoint, especially given how long it went on, but this one's intensity really got to me. And that intensity only ratcheted up further once Proctor arrived on the scene and took care of Ambrecht himself. The "oral surgery" Proctor performed on Ambrecht had me hiding my eyes behind my shirt, and that wasn't enough. Mouth and teeth stuff just gets to me, guys. Like, I kind of want to puke right now. 


ANYWAY, cool fights are cool, and we (read: I) should never lose sight of that when watching this very entertaining show. I now return to you to the regularly scheduled discussion of theme and character because hey, "Bloodlines" did some solid stuff on that front, too.

To go back to topics I've discussed previously—namely, Banshee's efforts to try different things, and its success in balancing stories in a more impressive fashion—I liked how last week's "The Warrior Class" and "Bloodlines" served as a nice little two-parter. And more than that, since "The Warrior Class" spent some some quality time on the Kinaho reservation, "Bloodlines" focused more on the Amish side of things. These two sub-communities are so prominent within the town of Banshee, and the season's opening episodes have smartly looked into them. The nature of the show means that there's going to be a lot of corruption, fighting, and even murder, especially when the two groups interact with one another, but it's nice to have a more tangible rationale for why those awful things might happen. That adds color to Banshee's universe, and it also makes the scenes where Hood and the rest of the force saunter into these communities more valuable. One of the scenes that really stood out to me in this regard was Hood's interview with the Amish escapee who talked about his desire to read, and what the community would or would not allow him to do. That's not really new information, and there was something moderately goofy about "I JUST WANTED TO READ," but that's both a realistic representation of what can happen in Amish communities and a useful reality for the show to display in its desire to depict what happens to people within these communities—and when they escape them. It takes a toll, to say the least.


"Bloodlines" also returned to the tension between Alex and Proctor a bit more clearly, going as far as to deliver a full-on tussle in a local diner. I appreciate that the patrons who were there barely reacted to such a hateful and emotional fight, but I guess by this point, that's kind of the norm, huh? Here again, the show has done a solid job of establishing who Alex is and what his issues are, both within the tribe and outside of it, so that we can better understand what's going on with him and Proctor. We know that Proctor's kind of a weird dude, but if we hadn't had these little moments sprinkled within the first four episodes (and a little at the end of last season) with the two of them escalating their problems, their temporary truce here wouldn't have worked as well. While Proctor has been banished from his family and community—and in a lot of ways prefers it that way—Alex is still trying to modernize or improve his community from within. The two of them are different in that way, and somehow, despite all the bloodshed and exploding cow parts, it seems like they've come to realize that. It's possible that Proctor might be playing a long con with Alex, but I think Banshee could be really fascinating if they start working together to try to better the town. Although that probably won't have great impact on Chayton's anti-white crusade and is bound to result in violence or criminal activity that Hood will have to stop, Proctor and Alex couldn't have kept one-upping each other without one of them dying sooner rather than later. I'm glad they're both sticking around for now.

Elsewhere in "Bloodlines," the stuff with Job trying to control Jason Hood worked fine enough, I guess. I liked how last week, the show simply dropped the younger Hood character into the world, and this week, tried to treat him like a bit of a ticking time bomb, but we're probably just going to have to wait and see. The guy playing Jason, Harrison Thomas, hasn't left much of an impact on me yet and given this show's processes, the character is almost certainly going to do something awful/violent/troublesome. I just don't know what that is right now and in the interim, it's not that exciting of a story. But hey, Job! Glad he's back in the picture. 


Carrie's sort of stuck on an island, story-wise, which is obviously the point. I think that plot would be more successful if we spent more time with her inside, doing more than just making phone calls that no one is picking up, or fighting. The dream sequence that kicked off the episode made some inroads toward something more, as did the episode's final moments in which Rabbit visited Carrie, seemingly pretending to be deathly ill. Perhaps next week will focus more on how she feels about Rabbit's return (even though she knew he was alive) and that will drum up some of the alienation, confusion, and pain she's feeling at the moment. It's a good story, and I think the show needs to embrace it.

For me, this episode probably wasn't as strong as last week's, but it was a rock-solid cap to the Solomon's Missing story. This pair of episodes succeeded in bringing us further into different corners of Banshee's world while leaving us with some dangling threads and characters (most notably Chayton) that will absolutely cause problems in the near future. 



CASE NOTES

– Hey, I don't know if you heard, but Banshee has been renewed for a third season. That's pretty cool! We still have a long way to go here in Season 2, but I'm very interested to see just how long the show can run, at least in its current form. 

– Hey, I don't know if you saw, but Ivana Miličevič read last week's review—or at least tweeted to me about it. This comes after executive producer and director Greg Yaitanes tweeted at me for our Season 2 premiere discussion. That's not only cool for me (next stop: writers' room!), but cool for everyone because the Banshee team seems to really appreciate and pay attention to the love people give it. That's nice. Now y'all better be on your best behavior from here on out; who knows who's reading!

– That Awkward Moment When... you sleep with your boss and clearly like him but he's kind of uncommunicative and dispassionate until you get into a car accident and almost die. Need more Hood and Siobhan, right?

– It seems like Odette Annable's Nola is on her way out of town, at least for now. But anytime you can throw an axe directly into a murderer's head from like 15 feet away before you throw up the deuces and ride off, you have to do it.


What'd you think of "Bloodlines"? Are you satisfied with how the show resolved Solomon's kidnapping?


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AIRED ON 5/20/2016

Season 4 : Episode 8

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The only problem with Banshee being as good as it is is that one of these days I might actually have to admit, out loud, that I REALLY like a show on Cinemax

"The "oral surgery" Proctor performed on Ambrecht had me hiding my eyes behind my shirt, and that wasn't enough. Mouth and teeth stuff just gets to me, guys. Like, I kind of want to puke right now."

You too? I pretty much watched that whole scene like this...

"There was something moderately goofy about "I JUST WANTED TO READ," but that's both a realistic representation..."

Wait, did you just use "realistic representation" when describing this show? It's more and more legit with every passing episode.

"Given this show's processes, the character [Jason] is almost certainly going to do something awful/violent/troublesome. I just don't know what that is right now and in the interim, it's not that exciting of a story."

NICE CALL! Having binged watched episode 1-7 this weekend, I actually didn't see what came coming until two minutes before it happened. Oh, SPOILER ALERT!

"It seems like Odette Annable's Nola is on her way out of town, at least for now"

I really want her to come back. I liked the idea of her and Hood together. Not all Romeo & Juliette like, but sorta Martin Riggs and Lorna Cole like.

#TotallyJealousThatIvanaTweetedYouByNameCauseIMightBeInLoveWithHerALittle
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REALLY hoping that this isn't the end of the line for Nola (at least this season - she'll be back eventually I'm sure). I find her character so much more interesting than Alex, so even though the writers likely have more story to tell with Proctor (ie: the two outcast boys who become leaders via violence and power), I still think Banshee is a better show with Nola in it.
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Congrats on Ivana Miličevič tweeting you ! That is almost as sweet a win for you as it is for us, the fans of Banshee here. I do hope the producers read about our comments on improving the show though this week I have not much yet.

The 2 fight scene in this and last week's episode was good but I am still waiting for the ONE REAL awesome scene which will as least be on par with last season "albino" fight scene and the finale fight scene. It still early in the season and I can still hope.

I really liked Odette Annable and I really hope she sticks around ! The writers should also give Hoon Lee character some love and sex instead of just giving Hood everything !
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+1 on giving Job more to do. He's such a fascinating character - he deserves more than great outfits and bitchy lines.
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I'm late to the party and basically just have to say I agree with all the praise in the comments below. I'm still blown away at how many stories/plots are shown in each episode and they are always well done. The fabulous characters (love them all), highly skilled/talented acting, brilliant writing, awesome fight choreography, gorgeous filming, tight editing, etc...fucking amazing! For specifics read all the great comments from everyone below.
I can't decide which is my favorite current show (Banshee or Justified) and have to consider them children (love them both equally).
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The dialogue on Justified is probably better IMO. The fight scenes on Banshee was obviously better. Like the class politics on Banshee, even if Justified often feels like it's digging a little deeper it doesn't have the interesting outliers in the Amish and First Nations.
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I tell my kids the same but honestly(and since nobody from Justified reads this lol) BANSHEE is my favorite. There. I said it.
But that's alright for Justified is strong minded and self secure and Banshee needs all the love it can get.
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Ok, Banshee (child #2) is the best!!! Banshee got extra attention from the get go since we all had to force the site to get it reviewed and I am so thankful they listened to the fans.
BANSHEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Well, if anyone from the show is reading this, I have a suggestion: maybe some sex and violence will spice things up? :)
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I think now things are just right !
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less sex please. <
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Not bad, not great. The torture scene though was pretty amazing in its gruesomeness.
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Good episode. I didn't like Nola at first, but she's growing on me.

It was a bit weird how Proctor appeared in the house. Did Rebecca unlock the door? Did he break in?

I wonder how Hood was planning to explain the big guy's injuries to someone less willing to ignore them. I guess Nola solved that problem.

The only thing that really irritates me right now is Deva's lipstick. It (still) looks ridiculous.
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Agreed about Nola. Finally a good episode for Nola, too bad it is the last one this season (as it seems).

Regarding Deva and her looks, there was not a single scene with Deva without the Mrs. reacting negatively to her looks... The actress is quite pretty, but they make her look horrible in Banshee...
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Cory you forgot to say that Nola threw the axe from 15 feet away AND perfectly through the 2-3 inch wide hole between the bars of the cell. Hecka shot!
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A bit too good if you ask me. I'm not convinced that the throw is possible at all. The horizontal spacing isn't the issue. The vertical spacing is. The axe would have been near vertical when it passed the bars.
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... This is where you draw your line of plausibility with Banshee? At that tomahawk toss?
Cause EVERYTHING else that happen before... you could still tell yourself "well yeah - that could happen!"
Just the fact Nola managed to enter a goddamn police station without an alarm going off or, at the very least, getting filmed.... that's completely bananas.
You complaining about that kill being impossible is just the cherry on top of a giant sundae of impossibility. Did I say 'giant'? It's actually humongous, man!

But it tastes soooo good, doesn't it? Yes, it does.
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I was replying to a post that was specifically about the throw.

I was wondering about how she got in there too, and why she didn't seem concerned about cameras or anything like that. That was weird to say the least.

I don't know what the rules and regulations are in the real world, but I would expect that when they have someone locked up, they need to also have at least one person at the site at all times. I mean, someone who can call for an ambulance if there's a medical emergency. They would probably also have to have a second person there, who can assist if the first one is dumb enough to go close enough to the bars and get grabbed.
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So we all agree: it makes zero sense, but it's super cool!
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I would think that someone with his injuries would have been taken to a hospital. Serious burns, missing teeth and facial lacerations. But this is Banshee, where the sheriff can bring in a guy who clearly has been tortured and no one asks any questions. Logic is left at the door for this show, it's more enjoyable that way.
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Another good one, this has been a habit for 14 episodes running now. What a great episode. Carrie's ongoing isolation and her final meeting with dear old dad. Hood still trying to figure out what he wants out of Banshee. Antony Starr can do it all. From the scenes when he's completely alone in his own head, to the slight bit of relief strewn with so much hidden tension with Jason and Job.(We got all of Job in this episode complete with him trying scare Jason with his glorious yellow Mustang and the perfect final (for now I hope) scene with Nola. She is the 1st person he's complimented on meeting since we've met Job - that was perfect),, to his running story with Deva - he's been watching her and has absolutely no idea how to approach her - probably the only thing sprung on him since being released from prison that he has no idea what to do about. Him and Ryann Shane have been so good in their scenes together. She doesn't know who he is but she trusts him - he's been there for her in some bad times, (remember the trip home after all that went down in "The Rave'?) and its an honest place to start. His 'Well. I know how to get into trouble' in the diner after the most perfect honest discussion about dope between adult and teen I've ever seen on t.v may be the most completely honest thing he's said to anybody. Job putting the smack down on that fantasy and bringing us back to what's next? We also got Rebecca and Hood again. But Ms. Bowman is another story entirely. (Apparently our reviewer missed her quite significant story this episode.) He also got to show again that maybe Brock had no idea what he was talking about in his scene with Daniel Moses. Another Amish runaway. And then the take down on angry Amish dude we were introduced to in Rebecca's Season 2 origin. And there were the scenes with Dept. Siobhan. Job's words to him ringing in his ears as she returned to the Cadi after another near death experience. The look in her face during the entire scene with Cheyton. Bad things happen to people around him. Maybe he just grabs Carrie/Anna after her release and disappears with Job and the diamonds? Rabbit's back and everyone is in danger the longer they stay in the same place. Wow a lot happened in this episode to the man they call 'Hood'.

Rebecca Bowman's day was one to remember as well. From her detective work leading her to the fight of the day then everything in her life splitting further apart from that point on. The scene with the young girl we were introduced to in the last episode, Haisha(.sp?) who explains that the teacher had it out for her brother, because of who She was. And the guilt begins piling up. Her sitting on the stoop with Hood as Uncle Kai tortures this evil dude. He deserved every second of it we know as we saw poor Solomon's memory of events rushing back to him. Lana Cleary all of that life just over because of some religious freak. When Solomon went to her after 'Another wonderful family reunion with the Proctors and all of the Bowmans just seeming to try to let her know it wasn't her fault. Her father and mother wouldn't even look at her. Not even her father. She wasn't taking it though and Jason Hood became the luckiest kid in town. (No one is talking to him (except not'Hood)' unless they are delivering threats, or taking him seriously but he's getting a new identification and sex so go 'Marion' (more Job gold!) She's just using Jason to try to forget all the sh!t - during sex every time he tried to touch her she just pushed his hands away because she was just using him. She's at her turning point now and her next step is going to be big.

Then there was Cheyton, Siobhan and Emmit's prisoner transport from hell, the brilliant scenes with Kai Proctor and Alex Longshadow resulting in a tenuous peace born from necessity because these guys are never going to be passing the pipe. (Maybe these dudes need what Deva and the kids were sharing?) . Best line 'i guess your sister is the one with the balls." And Nola, the assassin, throwing an axe exactly where it needed to go as she's leaving 'Banshee' for the second time. We need to know what happened to get her kicked out or why she left in the first place. Odette Annabelle was very good in a role I'd bet she got with some assist from an old friend from 'House' and we really like her now because Job does and I could go on praising that scene forever. And the icing on the cake, another Job and Sugar discussion. Oh and Rabbit's back. F' yeah - another winner.

BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! i gave that episode some extra 'E' cause it was just that good. They shoot this show almost entirely on hand held cameras - some people bitch about the way it is shot but this show is just bad ass and looks fantastic. Next up Carrie's getting out but I'm betting she's gonna be a little bit more Anna upon release - YEAH!
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That was a great read. I think Nola is awesome too and I would love to see her somehow on "Lucas"/Job/Carrie's side if there's a dramatic final confrontation with Rabbit.
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Job was NOT really complimenting Nola. He was recognizing her outfit from when she blew their casino heist.
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Can we both agree though, she made quite an impression on him and is the first person he hasn't greeted with a cut down. He's never been impressed by anyone - and really who can blame him when you're as awesome as he is? Plus she did look rather stunning getting on her bike as did Job and his Mustang. Plus she was the one getting the hell out of Banshee which is where he's wanted to go since arriving there. She's doing what he's been begging 'Hood' to do.
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agree and I can totally see Job being impressed by a robber robbing robbers (even though the final robber was part of the group that was robbed)
lol, does that make sense?
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Of course it does - respect among thieves. Whatever it is, its still respect.
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I honestly don't think he was complimenting her. He was staring and needed to say something. And, his mention of the outfit was specifically because it was the same one she wore when she shot at them.
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I could be wrong, but I think that this was an important key episode in Banshee's main story line.
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God, Proctor is a badass. First he fights Alex in public, then he tortures the abusive Amish teacher. Such a badass, can't wait til he goes against Hood.
Also, good to see Job again. Job is love, Job is life.
Rebecca screwed Jason, I wish I was him but I know he's gonna cause trouble. Also poor Rebecca, getting shunned during the family moment.
I was actually hoping to see another Hood and Siobhan sexy time when he took her home, but seeing Rabbit again was very satisfying. However, there probably won't be a Siobhan and Hood scene next week because next week's episode focuses on Hood and Carrie/Ana.
Anyway good episode, can't wait to see Chayton and Hood fight.
Oh yeah, it's awesome that Banshee gets a third season. Great show.
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two words :AMISH DENTISTRY!
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If Job is in an episode, I'm happy, he better come back next week.
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I'm so happy Banshee got renewed for another season! Yay.
Also: the Solomon subplot was great with an even better roundup, but the Chayton story is plain terrible -- someone put him down!
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Place your bets ladeez an' gentlemen, how long before Hood nails the black DA lady? Next episode or the one after?
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Congrats Cory on getting comments from the producers. Its good to know that show runners know where to come to get info on what people think of the show. And a big round of applause to the group of us that spent weeks posting BANSHEEEEEEEEEEE!!! in every possible place. You guys and gals know who you are. Im so glad that its all paying off with weekly reviews and a season 3 renewal early.

On another note. What and awesome episode. Even if every time we see a Large person on the show its automatic that there will be some kind of a fight with Hood.

Id like to see an election sometime in the future. It would be interesting to see Hood dook it out on the political stage the same way he does his policing.
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the famous BANSHEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! raid? lol
they are still occurring (check out the banshee shout out in the helix article) but with less frequency since the show is being reviewed.
<3s to us Banshee fans who held the site hostage banshee-style (the infamous Banshee raiding parties, lol) in order to get it reviewed.
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Seems every show has to have the good guys do something totally stupid, so Banshee must do it for the obligation. Two things in this episode, and both involve Chayton.

1) As violent and strong as he is, did they really not expect any trouble just because he had a few chains on -- hands in FRONT, mind you. And, in the back of a squad car?? And, with only TWO handlers? No way.

2) When a massive, violent, killer starts kicking down the divider between the front seat and back, how about you freakin' PULL THE CAR OVER! Why in the world would you keep driving, and at full speed, while that's happening? STUPID STUPID STUPID!!! All they had to do is pull over, pull out their guns, and shoot him if they had to.

For that matter, it probably would have been smarter to to sedate him for the entire trip.

(sigh)

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I guess I should go back and watch last week's episode, but I'm having a hard time picturing the massive body of Jonah in that black outfit and hoodie in the woods. The guy that tackled Lucas did not look that tall and CERTAINLY not that rotund.

I'm I wrong?
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It wasn't him.
You're not wrong.
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Had the same question, glad you brought it up. Someone more svelt than Jonah came after Rebecca and is still out there somewhere. Jonah also wasn't limping from Hood's shot in the leg, so that mystery is ongoing and unresolved. Nice that it ain't all episodal conflicts and wrap ups by end of credits.
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Really? I thought the bleeding leg was what gave Jonah away to Hood. I'm not convinced the writers are treating the man in the woods as a different person than Jonah.
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First things first: Job was back. We know him, we love him, we need more of him. I loved his version of "babysitting" Jason Hood.

I also greatly enjoyed Kai again this week (when do I ever not enjoy Kai? The answer is never). I loved his attempts to patch things up with Alex, even if it may only be a smoke screen.

Lastly, I'm curious to see where things are headed with Chayton, and how that will affect Alex (and likely drag Kai back in as well), and whether Nola will actually leave after all. Speaking of which, what was the deal with her and Job right as she was leaving? Was that just so she could tell us what we already know: that Job dresses like a fucking king?
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That was Job recognizing her as the one on the motor cycle who shot at them and foiled their casino heist.
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I missed that, so I rewound the segment and watched it again. I think you could be onto something there!
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I hope Nola is not on her way out of town. At the moment she is the most intriguing character on the show! What's her deal?

How did she know about Hood & Co trying to steal the casino money? Was she secretly guarding the money transports all the time? What was her brother referring to in this episode when he talked about "everything that's happened, everything you went through?" Does it have something to do with her (and Alex') father who she seemed to dislike? (When Nola suddenly appeared from somewhere in season eight last season, she wished to see their dad die soon.) Is there an explanation for her fighting skills? Is there a reason for why this season has focused on what seems to be an inner anger of hers and her one woman lone wolf missions in and around the town? Is her character something the show will explore in the future? Has she settled for being her brother's bodyguard/fixer just because the threats towards him last season, or is there another reason why she has stuck around? And if she felt it was important to stay to protect her brother and the tribe, why did she leave with so little fuss in this episode, and what did the final exchange between her and Alex mean?

Alex: I'm sorry, but you don't belong here any more.
Nola: Yeah, I never did.
Alex: No I guess you didn't.

There is something mysterious about Nola. I hope it's not just my imagination playing tricks on me, but something that will be fleshed out in future episodes.
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RABBIT IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUSSS!! ( permanently? hopefully? )



This is how you write a decent show. Bravo writers. You did everything right.

*starts clapping*

I LOVE REBEKAH. The scenes with her brother and her family were heartbreaking. Seriously good stuff. I was an emotional wreck. <

Kai such a crazy mofo, he's completely nuts and I love him lol. the Diner scene was great.

I wish that we can get more of Deva and Hood. Why can't he tell her that he's her biological father? Like seriously ... I want to see it happen soon.

small complaint: I still hate Siobhan and I could care less about Nola. (hopefully she's gone for good)

they are the 2 most pointless and useless characters on the show, I don't see how expanding their roles could have benefited the show in any way ... seriously everything/everyone else is perfect.

fav line of the episode - "Bitch, what do you think this is?" <<
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I don't think we'll see Nola for a few episodes but I think she'll be back (it's always good to see Odette Annable on screen) and we need more Job, he's a great character.
I don't know what it is about Rabbit but I'm not a fan of that character at all and I was really hoping that that storyline was over so that we can concentrate on the wonderful town of Banshee and forget about the past.

Wish list for next week:
More from Carrie in prison,
More Hood and Deva conversations,
More Job,
and Clay being a psycho on a group of unsuspecting arseholes.
I'm just assuming Rebecca will be shagging someone, so no need to wish for it ;)
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Another fantastic episode. This show is like a well written story, the central characters and even the secondary ones really if it were a book leap off the page. But here they leap off the screen. And if the writers and producers and even stars are around these reviews, you might want to take a page out of the writer of Luther on the BBC and write a prequel. It was a well done novel and you guys seem to have the writing chops for something like that.

One of the things that I love about this show is the build up. You can see that they are thinking a few steps ahead. Especially with regards to Chayton, Alex and Proctor. Alex and Proctor aren't going to stay enemies for long. Alex may hate Proctor but he is a smart guy. With other tribe members gunning for his seat he is going to end up reluctantly allying with Proctor and I think that Chayton isn't going to like that a bit. Chayton would be a waste if he was just going after hood. I think he and his extremism is going to be a benefit and perhaps a main storyline in the future of this show.

Also, Nola isn't going anywhere. Someone like that who sees something wrong isn't going to just go. As we saw when she took care of Jonah. She has a plan for her own and my guess is that it is going to involve Hood. She is too good of a character in a group of good characters and to merely send her on her way simply isn't the way this show does things.

But perhaps the best aspect of this show is Hood and Proctor. Many great shows currently have to characters that are simply perfect together. Two of my favorites would be Boyd and Raylan in Justified and Reese and Finch in Person of Interest. They are just great characters that work well together and could easily be the whole show and there wouldn't be anything lacking in the show. Proctor and Hood are quickly becoming that. And frankly I welcome it. Whenever those two get together you know something violent is going to happen and there is going to be some fantastic if not terse dialogue. These two are the same man that just come from different places and Proctor is a little bit wiser, it is a great thing to watch the both of them work.

Carrie's plot is really kind of fantastic as well. Mostly because she is being backed further and further into a corner especially with the reappearance of Rabbit. And eventually it is going to be too much and she is going to lash out and frankly I can't wait to see that.

I am really glad that Siobhan is all right. I was concerned there for a moment. The cast of characters is getting to be a lot and this show, even though my predilection is for shows like this to off a main and beloved character, but this show it would almost be a slap to take one of these characters away. At least right now. I know that is going to be an inevitability. But if there was a show that could still be great and still have all of its characters alive, it might be this show.

But the winner of the episode for me was Job. He was fantastic, and he was right. Jason should be in the ground somewhere. I am not sure if he is going to go and not come back. But more to the point I am not sure he can go. He like Nola I don't think can leave. I don't think any of them can leave. Banshee is like a marvelous purgatory of which no one can truly escape. This whole idea with Hood sending Job to get what he can with the diamonds I just don't think that it is going to work out. Especially with Rabbit now back in play.

Either way however this show is going to pan out it is going to be great.
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great post!
there is a prequel (even a comic) and you can find some of it by playing around on the Cinemax site
Cinemax link

and at the Origins site (everyone should check it out--so many unaired yet vital video clips)
Banshee origins
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Hey @CoryBarker1, now you're best buddies with the cast and crew, how about trying to arrange a Banshee live web-chat with their loyal fans at tv.com?
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I loved the scene at the end when Nola and Job crossed paths, complimented each other on their outfits (after all, they're both faaaabulous!) and then left because they both NEVER saw each other, if you know what I mean. Banshee is a town so full of people doing things they shouldn't do and pretending they didn't see what they saw that I'm surprised someone still leads a normal life there.
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I don't think so. Job recognized her as the one who foiled their heist. Same bike. Same outfit. That's why he commented on it. He'll be looking for some serious revenge.
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Yes, definitely that. Nice catch. But I still think he admires her style, since he's so careful about his.
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So we BANSHEEEEEEEEEEE!!!-bombard you guys to write reviews for the show, and then you get all the credit from the show's writers and stars? Harrumph! Hehe, kidding. I continue to be thankful that you are covering it.

Anyway, another really good episode. Yeah, it may not have been as significant or have as much impact overall as previous episodes, but this was really very solid nonetheless. It just speaks to the quality of the show, I think, that they haven't really ever had an episode I didn't like. They consistently continue to entertain the crap outta me.

I didn't get the sense that Nola is leaving for a while, although maybe that will be the case. I get a feeling, though, that she kinda likes being a troublemaker... I can see her sticking around and starting trouble between the Amish and the Indian tribe, doing her best to sabotage the truce that Proctor and Alex kinda agreed to.

Good to finally see Rabbit back. He may not be around for another few episodes, but still, 4 episodes in, it's good to see him pop up again. It's about time we see his brother, the Priest, and Racine again.
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Yes, he gets the credit - and the mocking considering Ivana's choice of words.
But I envy even that, Ivana could do anything to me, spit on me Ivana, spit in my mouth!!! Sorry, got CARRIEd away here.
Nola HAS to stay, I don't want her leaving town, not for a single episode! Nola knows about her feats but I think she considers to stop getting her brothers arse out of the shit all the time. She loves him and family and stuff but either she wants out for good or taking her brother's seat if she feels she has to. I don't know - she is a sexy mystery to me.
There are a lot of evil people in Banshee but Rabbit is just evil incarnate.
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I don't get that sense from Nola. I think she HATES being a troublemaker. But, she can't help herself. I think she sees herself as the one who has to do what no one else is capable or willing to do.

I don't think she likes it. But, she feel it has to be done.
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My evidence for this belief is that she never appears to ENJOY the hurt she causes. She seems very removed from it.
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Nola can't leave her character is way too unpredictable and hard to pin down therefore making her hugely interesting... and pretty that too.
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Is there ever an episode where Hood doesn't get beaten up by somebody twice his size. All in all a good episode with the resolution of who killed the Indian girl and kidnapped Solomon and Rabbit showing up at prison to say goodbye to Anna.
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Another great episode - Banshee has never let me down - every episode so far has been great. One of my all time favorites. I'm wondering what Rabbit is up to? - obviously he's a bit shot up and short of breath but he still has the pull to get a private visit with Carrie in prison. His parting comment - has he really gone for good? There's always hanging threads with this show and it's hard waiting a full week for the next installment. Love every minute of it.
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Hey @Cory Barker, did Ivana Milicevic also think that Nola was wearing a hoodie last week, (like YOU said she was), or did she point out that it was her HAIR?

So just for your edification, before you go to the writers room and embarrass yourself -


I guess Odette Annable didn't tweet your last review because she didnt like you comparing her to Olafur Olafsson. I guess this was an easy mistake to make, because they are sooooooo similar.

Also - where did you watch your screener this week? Last week was a Starbucks, so was this week a Denny's? Burger King? a church?

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LOL!!!
I do think he should acknowledge the fan momentum that was the catalyst to getting this show (and Orphan Black) reviewed. It took a lot of work/drive/passion from a lot of us...but the Banshee raids last year were fun;-)
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Told Cory about his mistake last week.

I guess he was - and still is - too embarrassed to own up to it.
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Fantastic episode.
Nola isn't on her way out, she's on her way up.
Only thing missing is a little more prison drama.
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Funny interview with Antony Starr (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11183112) - "The physically demanding nature of the role wasn't something Starr recognised when he read the pilot"

Ooops.

It appears that the writers have a bit of a sense of humour about that as well, finding ever bigger men mountains for him to fight!
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Thanks for that link. I try to watch every Banshee interview that comes out, but I admittedly don't seek out written interviews as much.
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I take it you've check out the Cinemax site and the Origins site (both have lots of video clips that give the backstory and prequel info)
Banshee Origins link
Cinemax Banshee link

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That was one high-octane episode!! I had at least three out-of-bod experiences and nearly a whole NDE :-O
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SEASON 3! YES! Bansheeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!
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Another great 40 minutes of rollicking fun, mud, blood & booze. Sorta pro wrestling with a plot and fighters who can do their lines with passion & no teleprompter.

Speaking of which, Job's best off the cuff was to the creepy little Hood kid, when he promised that his new name would be Marion.
I thought for a while there, that Rebecca was gonna deal with the Jason Hood problem by fucking the pimple faced little shit to death, but no such luck. I guess that rather once sided tryst was thrown in chiefly for the purpose of allowing us yet another view of her beautiful bod.

I'm not particularly engaged by the Rabbit plot thread it feels like one of those eternally running intermittent pain in the ass for a couple of protagonists thing which goes on for seasons & never get properly resolved.
I reckon Rabbit may have been dragged into the frame because something nasty is gonna happen to Job when he goes for the diamonds.
The diamonds as McGuffin thing musta dome its dash by now, so I wouldn't be surprised if Rabbit gets em back pretty soon.
Otherwise its gonna be increasingly difficult for Lucas, Carrie, Job & even Sugar to keep coming up with reasons to stay round that Banshee burg with Rabbit & the fed who always looks terminally ill, alla the time climbing up their asses with hassles n weird rants.
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Too damn good. I love love love this show! This was just as strong an episode as last week for me. And I love how there's so much stuff packed into each episode (as mentioned before). Truly fantastic. Some notes on my behalf:
- really hope Nola isn't leaving
- Job needs his own show haha!
- Nola and Job together there at the end? Pure television gold!
- the only character i don't care for is Rabbit, don't know why...
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I was thinking the exact same as you, mate.
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It's just... amazing. The amount of interesting characters on this show is through the roof. I do hope they explore Proctor's "bodyguard" too.
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I never seen some one get bitten to death like Lucas, every single man from that town did kick his ass, at the same time he did sleep with almost every women at Banshee, I really like this show it is totally different than anything else I have seen....
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I got to say Job was on fire tonight. Job is a badass, he reminds me a lot of Lafayette Reynolds before they turned him into a pussy. I'm also glad Chayton is sticking around, since he has a striking presence, similar to the Albino from last season. As for Nola, she may leave for awhile, but she's one of those characters that can stop by anytime the story demands it. This is assuming she is actually leaving.

One thing that amazes me about Banshee is how much shit they pack into an episode. For a regular show, the whole mystery with Solomon would've taken the ENTIRE episode, but here it was only half the episode. On the subject of Solomon, I forgot just how fucking ruthless Kai could be. Also, with Rabbit back, that probably means the return of Agent Racine and Rabbit's brother Priest is on the horizon as well. As I said on the premiere, I do hope the drama with Rabbit and the shenanigans in the town of Banshee somehow overlap, though the feud between Alex and Kai seems to be on the down low. Great as always.

(P.S. Jason Hood is one lucky mofo.)
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I hope Nola will stick around for a while, I like her "badassness".

It's nice to know folks from banshee are reading your reviews, I guess that's the perks of smaller shows, actors aren't total fu***ing douchebags...

I'm so happy it was renewed for season 3!
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Great review, great episode.
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I love this show. Yet again another awesome episode. Cory I have to give credit where credit is do, you got "it" now. You can feel the pulse of the show and your reviews are showing it.

Random thoughts:

I thought Nola had killed the girl so I was surprised it was Lambrecht . Chayton is causing big problems now. Job's outfits and hair were awesome tonight. I would like to see Nola fight Cana but I like Cana and want her to live.

Jason couldn't handle Rebecca... Alex actually was holding his own against Kai!!!! If you haven't done so, I highly recommend watching the Banshee Origins series. Lots of back story. Kai tortured the shit out of Lambrecht, and it was well deserved.

Lastly, Nola in the police station, with the axe, and precision aim.


BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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