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Having openings in my watch schedule, losing both Breaking Bad and Dexter in a heart-beat. That alone is a dramatic sanity loss - I've been lured in to watching a, to me, new show, Banshee (2013).

I'm a roleplayer (RPGs not as in acting) and as such I run scenarios, very much like episodes of TV-series.

To be perfectly blunt, I have a way of seeing past poor execution if I find the premise of a show to be well thought out. My favourite series regarding to my background are Game of Thrones, Person of Interest and The Walking Dead. Those three cover the genres I play.

With this as preferences I started to watch Banshee as recommended by a community ally. The show starts with some stellar credits reminding of The Walking Dead. Black and white backdrop with photographs and memorabilia. Quite nice.

The main character, played by New Zealand actor Anthony Starr, is released from prison having served fifteen years. Some heist gone bad seem to be the cause of his imprisonment. As the story unfolds, we are given clues to him being from needing to find an old flame in a place called Banshee, PA. He connects with a contact chameleon named Job. Gets some lay of the land and leaves.

Before getting to Banshee, the main character runs into some old acquaintances of Russian origin resulting in a car chase which had both good and bad moments. The following too slow slalom in the streets was a let down. However, the following toppling tourist-bus rectified that mistake. One thing I can't wrap my head around is why our parolee exits his car - not via the passenger door giving him cover - but through the driver side window, risking getting shot as he runs over the windshield of the other car.

He gets his hands on a motorcycle and rides off dodging some bullets. Everything quite stylish and almost cut from a quick-time-event out of a video game.

Stopping by at an old factory remade to a watering hole, he meets Lucas Hood, the would be sheriff of Banshee. Who is taken down by two thugs. To my surprise, I was sure he would sit back and finish his steak.

The show twists the roles and our unknown hero assumes the identity of sheriff Hood. With the help of Job at the tech department, who turns out having a soft demeanor but a hard core persona.

This far in the pilot the show shows promise. When the reinvented Sheriff Hood gets to Banshee, I feel similarities to Jericho which had the same premise. Almost identical.

Small town. Main character released from prison. You get it. I loved Jericho, btw.

What can be gleaned from the plot is that everyone in this show won't play nice. There´s an issue with the reason for the main character's imprisonment and his contact net.
Missing loot and bad blood between former colleagues tend to do that.

This definitely will fill a spot in my cleared up schedule. The fights and special effects looked well executed. Fresh faces to play the characters make the story more believable than well known American stars. The following episodes will probably give more flashbacks as to what happened fifteen years ago. Looking forward to it.


The pilot would suit fine as a scenario premise. I would have saved all the things happening in the second half of the pilot, the actually getting to Banshee bit, to episode two and concentrate on building a connection to impostor Hood. As it stands now, the pilot tries a bit too hard to get everything squeezed into one session. But that's just my opinion.

What did you think of the pilot?

Am I the only one who's late to the the show?
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Cant' wait till season 3
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I am new to this community and I just finished watching Banshee season 1.
...... I LOVE IT!! Finally something that let me forget the vacuum after Dexter.
I wish more people knew about this show, and I will try to name it as often as possible, but we don´t want to push people away. One thing I can say it´s BANSHEE it´s a special and unique show.
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Try Justified - it's similar. And has four seasons, so far.
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I have watch JUSTIFIED to last ep. Boyd Crowder (walton goggins) is brilliant. But thanks ;)
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I was late to the show too and boy oh boy was this ever a treat. I look forward to the next episode like Breaking Bad. Fantastic show. It just takes everything to the extreme which is what makes this show stand out from everything else.
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I at first stumbled upon this show mid-pilot. It was a scene showing the Amish. I was thinking to myself how stupid this must be. Anyway, because I was too lazy to find my remote I continued to watch without my expectations being too high. By the end of the first episode I wanted more of this show. I started tuning in every Friday and it became one of my favorite shows on television. I researched the show via the internet to realize that it did not receive much hype or any miraculous reviews. My hope for a second season seemed to dwindle away. I was ecstatic to see that a second season of "Banshee" begins in January. I can not wait until it starts up again and just by reading this article it seems that this Cinemax original series is receiving more credit well after the first season has already aired. To those who are still on the fence, I highly suggest watching the whole first season. If you have the same taste in a good series that I do then you will not be able to withhold binge watching the first season in a day and a half.
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Like I wrote in my review of the show, "The nose candy of men's TV - violence, softcore porn, ass kicking, and a lot of fun." It's not high end cinema and there's plenty of over the top elements but if you want to turn off your brain and have a good time, this is the show for that.
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MMA fans should check this out.
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This show filled the space in my heart, left by Spartacus last year.
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I agree! 'Arrow' is trying its hardest to do that as well by picking up the 'Spartacus' cast. They have Manu Bennett and Cynthia Addai-Robinson in the cast now and just announced that Katrina Law has been added to the cast this week.
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I agree completely, i also watch arrow and probably has the best fighting sequences on tv right now. Manu Bennett <3
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<3 'em all, especially Katrina. I keep my fingers crossed that they bring Dustin Clare in next. Did you know that 'Arrow' Steven Amell read for the part of 'Spartacus' after Andy died? I'm glad they fould Liam.
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I didn't know that about Steven Amell.. Liam did a great job! I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for Dustin Clare too! :)
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The Rabbit is a comic character, so nobody knows his name yet in all world xD
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better late than never...when it comes to this show. and at least you watched it before the next season started.
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Eh, regarding our impostor, what do we know? Not his name, right? Not his place of origin? My initial fault to place him as ex Banshee recident was undoubtly wrong. But where is he from then? Will that be clarified during the season?
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You do find out more about his time in prison and what led to his incarceration. Nothing from before his involvement with the girlfriend though. Can't remember if anyone refers to him by his real name. I hope that in Season 2 we get some info about his life pre-femme-fatale...
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His never is not known....yet. I'm not sure if we will ever learn his real name
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**Mild Spoilers**
I loved this show. There are some intriguing characters, particularly the ex-amish "godfather" of the town, a genuinely terrifying and complicated figure - also the flamboyant asian fixer friend/associate of Hood's. There are also some really tooth-rattling fight scenes - the one between Hood and the boxer and the one between his ex-girlfriend and the henchman from their past stood out for me. they were well choreographed and in both cases the consequences were real, they didn't shake off their injuries quickly, which really irritates me in other shows. fight scenes like those would take some time to heal from. All in all, yes, it is fairly exploitative in it's generous use of sex and violence and is probably not for the squeamish, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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the fight scenes later in the season are brutal and great, i warmed to it though
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In the beginning of this show, I considered it a filler show that had a somewhat unique, but weak storyline. But the story evolved and became quite compelling - kind of like Sons of Anarchy, but with different stories. It's one of my favorite dramas along with Breaking Bad and Persons of Interest. I like it better than Strike Back.
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I actually never heard of Cinemax before. Sounds like an after dark xxx-cinema. I saw they air Strike Back, mentioned down below. Since I enjoyed The Unit from CBS and I liked the old school tactical strategic game Jagged Alliance 2 pc-game I´m interested in having a peek at that show as well.

Back to the Banshee pilot: I don´t mind the ultra violence and explicit nudity. I always find messing with covers and hiding at odd angles being immersive breaking when just having seen a slaying.

Sometimes, the producers try too hard to showcase how raw they can be. Portion it out in small doses and we will appreciate it more when we get a few episodes in to the series. Now, there´s not much left to chock us with.

Wait, I guess there will be plenty...


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I didnt see her naked




she needs to be :D
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I`m glad someone told you to review this amazing TV Show, wonder who it was kkkkkkk

Anyway this SHOW made me BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, after Strike Back cinemax is on a row in the Action department. Remember when we watch a cop show and there is an explosion and fights and we say, mehhhhhhh, could be better, mehhhhhh i need to watch a van damme movie mehhhhh

Guess what, that is over, BANSHEEEE is here, go watch it, u will forgett van damme movies and steven seagall and wtv crappy movie u needed to watch to sse some good explosions and fights, Banshee has it all and more, it has hot women naked :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Well for me its the best TV show released this year, hands down!!!!!!!!
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If you enjoyed the pilot, you'll probably enjoy the rest of the season. Just dont expect the everage family show, it's full of violence en sex and the main characters all have flaws (and that is an understatement). I loved it.
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Not black and white then. A blurry grey haze of characters. The way it should be.
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grey is always best for characters in most shows imo
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If you consider it black and white the main characters would rather be black with a lot of white flaws that make them intersting and nice.
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Yep, you're the only one late :-). Nah, this show is a guilty pleasure for me, it's violence and seedy characters are larger than life (Man, you come right out of a comic book). The character played by Anthony Starr is not from the town of Banshee (don't know where you got that idea), it is where Job said he would find his former partner and lover Anastasia. He asked her for the diamonds? Were you doing the washing while watching the pilot? Haha! Stick with it, it's ridiculous but the characters are so far out like The Albino or Indian Chiefs daughter or Anastasia or bow tie guy as a role player I think just seeing these characters on screen will be reward in itself.
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Yes, the washes, my bad on that. I guess I got the impression he arrived back in Banshee after fifteen years and it all felt new. Of course you´re right with the diamond trail.

Incidentally, what RPGs are your poison?
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I think Anthony Starr does a great job showing the character's desperation and frailty at times, its is a nice foil to his indestructible tough guy bits. Also when he's beat up he looks beat up, like Harrison Ford in early Indiana Jones, it's fantasy but you feel the punches anyway.
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I liked the pilot quite a lot, so tuned in for more, and... after some half a season I gave up on the show. What originally showed some promise turned into just yet another mediocre show with prospects to become real good but never really doing that. I'd better stick with Strike Back, which IMO is also already running out of its steam, but at least is still entertaining
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Its a mediocre show. Lots of violence and female nudity...what you would expect from Skinemax. Plot is thin and acting is average. That said, compared to most choice on TV, its above-average overall.
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This show needs better production. its ok but it suffers unnecessarily from the inexperience of whoever is producing it. Bad camera work, mechanical to retarded looking fight sequences. This show has problems that could be easily resolved. Great fight between the new sheriff and black mma fighter. Well done, but all other fight sequences look faker than a 3 dollar bill. Hope it improves in second season.
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ya great show !
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The pilot had me hooked right from the opening scene. The first season is very well written from beginning to end. There are mysterious characters, small town dynamics everywhere, great dialogue, isolated setting, a fast-paced plot that slows down when it must, and boobies too! Plus you can count on a badass fight scene in pretty much every episode.

I was excited about this show right when it premiered, and watched every episode when it first aired (something I rarely do all-praise-the-DVR) but I wouldn't necessarily say you're "late to the show" because season 2 doesn't even premiere until next year. You can marathon the first season over a long weekend (which I highly recommend).
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Great Show, which gets better ever episode. Wait for it!!
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it has got over the top violence and soft-porn but more importantly: Ivana Miličević.
Good enough for me.
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