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How you say— "BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"?

I believe that's the appropriate response to the following news, which is that Cinemax has announced a premiere date for Banshee's second season. The series will officially return to your television sets on Friday, January 10 at 10pm. I know that feels like forever from now, but just think of it as having a couple of extra months to re-watch Season 1. 

Banshee, which is co-executive-produced by True Blood creator Alan Ball, stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal activities. The town is also home to Ivana Milicevic's Carrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief living under an assumed identity; Ulrich Thomsen's Kai Proctor, a wealthy businessman who basically thinks the law doesn't apply to him; and Frankie Faison's Sugar Bates, a former boxer and ex-con who owns the local watering hole. 

Admittedly I'm not very familiar with Banshee, but I know it's quite popular around these parts. And the titular town sounds shady as hell. How would you explain the show to the uninitiated? What would to say to convince someone to watch? And this is probably a stupid question, but are you excited for Season 2?


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AIRED ON 5/20/2016

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I suppose it depends on the viewers POV, would you watch a David Lynch film and say "That makes no literal sense and therefore it has no value." If so, stay away from Banshee and several other forms of art and myself.

The show is surreal and a saturation of violence, sex and something undefined and though realism is sometimes out the window it has an emotional impact that is beyond the majority of popular and expensive shows doing the rounds.

Such intense feelings permeate the show; revenge, desperation, love and longing and all in an almost comic book style which afterwards makes you feel you've scoffed a mouthful of sweet candy.
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the finale was excellent, the best bit has the cop shooting the guy with the rocket launcher in the head which got triggered and killed the other 2.
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Let's hope for more Hoon Lee in season 2. Excellent character. The diner scene with Job and the yocals was kick ass - ladies, bitches;)
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Huzzah!

Knowing that it's still almost 3 months away is a bit disappointing, though. I want it now! Waaaaah.
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CAN'T WAIT! This show is full BADASSery. It took about two episodes to find its bearings and then it let loose.. full throttle. It is hard to explain and give the show justice, just like its hard to explain Strike Back, Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy.

When you say a School Teacher evolves into a Drug Kingpin, it doesn't really do justice to what Breaking Bad is.

If you say a Criminal just released from Prison chasing the ghosts of his past while taking the identity of a sheriff, it doesn't do justice to how great this show is.

Kaitlin get with it girl, you'll enjoy it.
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Banshee is brilliant, smidge over the top and silly but only in good ways, the fight scenes alone make it worth watching! Would love to see the Carrie fight edited together into one complete scene, must be at least a 10 minute fight, amazing stuff.
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BANSHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
January can't come soon enough..

I can't explain it., just watch it. I was hesitant at first but it took me 1.5 eps and I was hooked.... characters are great, acting and directing play along and it doesnt waste time trying to convince you about what you're looking at. I mean, like when other shows keep telling you how awesome and incredible a character is but they don't show it? like "bealive me, he is great" and keeps doing stupid stuff and giving you brain aneurisms because it's nothing like you thought it would be.
Yeah, Bansheeeee will shove it you face and it will K.O. you and you will love it.... WATCH IT!!!
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Yeeees. Good news for me :-)
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yuuuuus!
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True blood without the vampires!
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I can't wait to watch the final 3 episodes of season 1. Stupid cable company yanked it from "on demand" before I could finish it all. But they should bring it back shortly before season 2 starts up. Yay....
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Nice, very very good show to bad all the good shows have below 20 episodes per season. With the exception of Once Upon a time ofc:)
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Why you should be watching Banshee? There be fighting, shooting, dying, an evil Amish man, identity theft, fighting, sexing, long lost people showing up, fighting, blowing stuff up and just general madness and hilarity.
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along with an evil Amish man, you should have said and his insanely hot and slutty Amish niece. That'll get the guys attention :-)
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That's one creepy relationship!
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such a good show. Highly underrated.
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Initially Tim talked me out of trying this and boy is he wrong. The purpose of TV is to entertain and this one definitely does that. That's all you need to know...
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BAM ! That's someone from Banshee shooting you in your head for even daring to ask these questions.. Its awesome ! End of story !
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if you were a fan of Dexter or Breaking Bad, tune in and catch up, this show will help fill the void.

I would describe it (broadly) as the smalltown world of Charming, with Dexter's violence (and torn central character), and Breaking Bad's storytelling. also violence, gangsters mixed with the Amish, illegitimate children, violence, gambling, Antony Starr shirtless and in blue jeans a LOT, Ivana Milicevic shirtless even MORE (I know her nipples better than my girlfriend's), and some mroe violence. seriously, they break the bank on fake blood and vocal coaches for screaming. why wouldn't you watch this show?
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Banshee should not be compared with other shows, other shows should be compared with Banshee.
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i would say banshee is the more voilent brother of justified
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Let's give that a shot:
I would describe Dexter Morgan as a nerdier, more shy version of Sheriff Hood. Sadly not as proficient as Hood in the martial arts. He can be a wuss sometimes, preferring to incapacitate his victims before stabbing them with his knife. Definitely a step down in the badass-o-meter compared to Hood who gives his victims a fighting chance before he breaks their arms and slices their dicks off.

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This show blows me away. It's so ridiculously awesome. Everyone needs to watch this. I cannot wait !!!!!
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BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE



To answer the question: Banshee's recipe seems to be something like this:
+ plot twists/pacing of a season finale of TVD
+ "romance" (both the star-crossed lovers and the blatant sex) of True Blood
+ violence/action of SOA
+ the suspense of Orphan Black
+ mystery of Fringe
+ bat-shit insane of Sleepy Hollow
+ 17 parts badass
subtract ANY filler episodes or boring parts
add whiskey
then stir
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JANUARY!? C'mon!!!! Fucking ridiculous....

How to describe Banshee? How about...

MAYHEM!
CHAOS!
FIGHTING!
BOOBS!

BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, MUTHAFUCKERS!!!!!!


.... Man, I really like this show.
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"By the guy behind 'House', and the guy behind 'True Blood' comes a suspense crime-thriller about people treading the fine lines of life; be it in their own lives as well as the ones between others. Produced by the soft-core porn subsidiary of HBO."
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Holler for OT, it was great and needs more hyping, Anthony Starr was the best actor in it, he adapted to an gritty (and violent) American drama series and it can go somewhere good in Season 2. Lots of the son I'm thinking...
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BUDMOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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Networks sure take their sweet time in "officially" announcing premiere dates. I've had January 10th marked down for months.

To hell with all the stuffy, sophisticated cable dramas out there! This is exactly the type of show that action fans crave and what's been sorely missing from television. BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
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Its weird I'm ambivalent about the return of Banshee not because itsa mediocre show - it isn't it is greaat, but because it may typecast Antony Starr in B-grade shows if he spends too long in it. I don't usually care too much about mummers, they come & go but that bloke is a genuine talent.
His first big gig in Aotearoa was playing identical twins who had rather diferent personalities, not an easy job for any actor yet Starr succeeded in creating two distinct characters in the same show (Outrageous Fortune).

(declaration of bias: We used the same video library for close to a year during which he became very well known & altho never moved beyond "Hiya" "lovely day" etc this bloke was unfailingly pleasant and friendly to my kids which goes a long way in my book towards making him a 'good person'.)
Starr obviously struggled with the accent in the 1st few episodes but by the end of season 1 he had become pretty competent and capable of verbal subtlety which is tough in your natural speaking voice & much harder when speaking with an accent that isn't your own.

I think time will stymy his career before he can establish himself. The fate of most popular performers born in Aotearoa. (The kid who plays Lorde seems to understand this, hence her move straight from an Auckland suburb onto the cover of Billboard).
Generally speaking being famous in a nation of 4 million isn't sufficient to attract the attention of global agencies or casting directors, so Kiwis usually follow a trajectory similar to that which Starr rode - get famous in NZ, which is usually sufficient to get a reasonable gig in Oz, then once Australia puts you into their A-list, have a tilt at the US or uk.

There are obstacles; if an Oz TV channel senses the talent isn't gonna stick around for long, they are naturally reluctant to put much investment in him/her.
By winning a role on a popular show in its last season, (Rush), Starr was either very smart or very lucky. He came to national attention in Australia fast, but he didn't tread on any toes by by leaving after only one season.

Maybe the guy just wants to work and is happy with any job that pays the rent, if so good luck to him. If he hopes for more, especially more dramatically demanding characters than Lucas Hood, he's running out of time.

On the subject of Banshee & whether it is worth watching, I guess that depends on whether you enjoy watching tightly scripted, somewhat over the top drama, that generally resists standard TV formulae & cliches.

If you do find such fare suitable for your palate then grab "Banshee" with both paws. I cannot recall a single episode in season 1 that failed to entertain & excite this jaded old misanthrope.

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Outrageous Fortune was one of my favourite shows back in the day! It was sooo hilarious!
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Can't wait .Season 1 was superb!
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yep!!
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Good. I've missed Kai.
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It's one of the the all tie best coming back so you bet it's amazing news.
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IS BACKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Phenomenal show, loved the first season, which definitely had some moments which were almost *too* gritty for a hardened male tv vet like myself to watch, which really blew me away. Can't wait for the next season to start.
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It's not necessarily the town that makes the show - it's the mixture of comicbook tales of sex and crime, sweaty bodies and gritted teeth, bloody noses and disguised sins. This series doesn't ask for intellectual gravity but delivers satisfaction through its adult bubblegum appeal. Testosterone TV - but in a good way. ;)
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Season 1 blew my mind, I cant even begin to wonder what the writers have in stock for season 2!!!
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Can't wait let the acts lies and death continue.
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Holy Crap! I figured it was gonna be January, but hearing it all official-like just makes me uh, happeeeeeee!!!
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I enjoyed season 1 but hoped for a little more depth to it, and a little less cartoonish. I wanted to see Hood struggle with his new work life. They all but ignored that aspect and he wasn't really questioned all that much. He didn't have a grasp on the law or procedures used by the police and never really put any effort into learning it. I want season 2 to be a little less hectic and see more of his fish out of water day to day goings.
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You have to suspend some of your reality to watch the show but you should watch it anyway because 2 reasons :-

1) It has one of the most BADASS fight scene in TV history.

2) Its main protagonist is a BADASS but his female love interest is even more BADASS and the villains are equally BADASS ! This is a show where the setup is good. Some shows built the main character and the villain up so high and the final faceoff was really a letdown. NOT with this show.

Looking forward to season 2. I do hope it was be as B_______ as the 1st season.
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Which fight was more BADASS, ep 3 or 8?
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Both are as good. I prefer ep 3 though.
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Ep 8 definetely.... it hunted me for weeks.. was awesome :D
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Agreed. Hood/Sanchez was one of the most satisfying takedowns on television all year but Carrie/Olek was just something more because she had a relationship with him - the fight in that messy close quarters. (Finally a show where people without money live like people without money!) It was such a perfectly structured episode of television. Maybe it had to do with its incredibly strong B story? One episode of 'Banshee' where almost the entire focus of the episode was the women and it was brilliant. (Rebecca's shunning and turn to Uncle Kai was the B story.) Deva also had some nice moments when she stumbles upon Gordon tearing through Carrie's closet while he's getting high as he comes to the realization that he doesn't have the slightest clue about his wife. (A show where they don't make the third wheel of a love triangle an easy target a-hole - that's new.) Love this show, January cannot arrive quickly enough.
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Was that the one between Ana and that guy?
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Yes, Ana beats the heck out of Olek.
Ep. 3 is Hood vs the kickfighter rapist dude, even thought this one left a little more satisfactory taste in my mouth I still prefer Milicevic kicking Olek's butt... kick ass chicks FTW!
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So what you're saying is it's BADASS?
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Definitely !
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I don't think they are, I think they are saying it's OK?
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BRING ON SEASON TWO!!!!!

Next to 'Orphan Black' the best new show from last season. One of the few great shows still filmed in the USA - Shot in lovely Charlotte, North Carolina (Banshee) and New York City (Rabbit's crew). Cinematography is beyond compare for a network television show. Not a single wasted frame. One of the most international casts on television - Belgium (Ulrich Thompsen), Serbia (Ivana Milicivec), England (Ben Cross), New Zealand (Antony Starr), Cuba (Odette Annabelle) right down to the North Carolina natives Rus Blackwell and Trieste Kelly Dunn. Also home to two of the best young actresses working on TV in Lily Simmons and Ryann Shane.

The two best fights filmed on television belonged to 'Banshee' last year in the episodes 4 "Meet the New Boss" - Hood v. MMA fighter (the actual pilot - first episode filmed) and 8 "We Shall Live Forever" - Carrie/Anna v. Olek.

Of all the actresses screwed over by the sham that is The Emmys - Ivana Milicivec had a legitimate gripe - she, Keri Russell, Emmy Rossum, Tatiana Maslany played very difficult roles last year and all put in EMMY calibur work on their shows. All were better than Little Miss Overrated Claire Danes.

Last role for the wonderful Russell Means as Longshadow. His son, Tatanka Means will be joining the cast in Season 2. Also joining the great Julian Sands as Rabbit's bro and Zeljko Ivanek as Jim Racine (the chain smoking Fed from the comic).

There is a reason this little show quickly became the highest rated show on Cinemax and why it was renewed so quickly - its just that good.

Also, no frivilous violence - all of the violence bears consequences. The number of deaths in 'Banshee' from the moment 'Lucas Hood' arrived was 42. It was the first number in the safe combination from the credit sequence. Death matters in this violent show.

If you can't tell, January really can't get her quick enough.

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Had a amazing pilot episode, shame it wasnt on the recent TV.com 'Best Pilot' play-off.
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You should watch it Kaitlin. Don't let the name Alan Ball scare you off. This is David Schickler and Jonathan Tropper's show, not Alan's. It's pulpy and can be very ridiculous at times, but it's worth it. I hope they keep the momentum up on season 2.
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Uhm...Alan Ball was also behind Six Feet Under (my favourite show of all times), American Beauty and Towelhead!! Proof that he can do things right!
But yeah...True Blood...what a mess...lol
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He had a great script for American Beauty which Sam Mendes adapted well. Six Feet Under was an excellent show for two seasons, but it became pretty uneven and directionless, particularly on the fourth season. The series finale was one of the best of all time, and I think that kind of saved the show. Towelhead was okay, but nothing special. He's like Ryan Murphy in that he can start things out well, but then he'll lose focus and just throw in whatever. The same applies to True Blood, which I think he got bored of by season 3 and just treated it like a joke.
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Hahaha. Alan Ball doesn't scare me! I watched all of True Blood and lived to tell the tale.
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You still need to get through the final season to do that.
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" What would to say to convince someone to watch?" - they give away free puppies and kittens at the end of every episode to every viewer

This may or may not be true..

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Its not true.....but you should watch anyway
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I don't think puppies or kittens can survvive in Bansheee. It's the kind of place that if they offfer anything at all, that would be black rats.
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ok then
Black rats.....but they are the cuddly kind
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Awesome.
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YES! This show is awesome definitely one of my current favorites. One thing you should probably know about this show: If violence isn't your thing, I probably wouldn't bother, but if you don't mind violence and enjoy character driven season-long arcs that are well written, give Banshee a try.

Can't wait
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Or look at another way, it's what Breaking Bad would have been if Vince Gilligan had been using Walter White's blue meth when he was writing.
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Awesome!
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and of course, what @bendylegsnick said: those fight scenes. Especially a specific fight scene involving the lead and an albino rapist. Honestly one of the best fight scenes I've seen on the small screen
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I have to say the fight where he brings in the black MMA fighter was just disgusting (in the manliest and best possible way). Same with Carrie and the ukranian guy trying to bring her back from her father. One thing this show does not do is pull punches.
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Bansheeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! So excited for this! Everyone should watch this show because it's basically the best thing ever. Awesome fight scenes, surprisingly good dialogue, compelling characters and did I mention those awesome fight scenes?
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Hell, yes!

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"What would to say to convince someone to watch?"
The show is absolutely batshit insane, but in a good way :)
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