Banshee

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

30
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 11, 2013 on Cinemax
8.9
out of 10
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106 votes
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This episode introduces us to an ex-con and master thief and recent parolee who travels to Banshee in search of his fellow thief and lover, Anna. A chance meeting at the local saloon with the new sheriff, Lucas Hood results in his assuming the identity of the sheriff after he meets with an early demise. He gets help from atransvestite friend named Job who happens to be a cyber genius. He also meets up with the local "town boss of organized crime" Kai Proctor and finds he has his hands in all the towns dirty business. He befriends the saloon owner, Sugar who rents him a room. He also discovers that in the years gone by, Anna has changed her name to Carrie, is now married and has children. There remains a spark between them and he is determined to stay in town one way or another. Before the episode ends, he finds it necessary to come to the rescue of Proctor.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Pilot

    6.5
    The latest project from Alan Ball is very similar to his previous series, True Blood. A small town, lots of cursing, lots of nudity, lots of violence.



    Yet that formula is appealing for a series on a pay cable station these days. Banshee did succeed in its pilot of introducing the core characters, their motives, and what lies ahead for each one.



    The pacing was a little weak at times, and the characters are a little bit cliched, but this show still has promise.moreless
  • A "Walking Tall" for the 2000's (sort of)

    8.0
    The show is quite good and/but very violent. It's a multi-character cast as well and if you can develop that many characters in a couple hours, first two eps; you've done a good job. Of course, it's hard to believe a guy could pull off impersonating a sheriff in this day of instant communication, but things like it have happened in real-life. BTW; Brit, Aussie and New Zealand actors are practically taking over American television, which is fine by me.moreless
  • Pleased with the pilot

    8.5
    Show looks promising, but character development might be a potential hazard in the long run. I felt the show put too much effort into making it known that the protagonist is notorious for being a master thief, especially since he is a bad "master thief", seeing as he just came out of prison...



    Actual rating would be closer to 8.75, but a 9.0 would be too much.
Russell Means

Russell Means

Benjamin Longshadow

Guest Star

Griff Furst

Griff Furst

Sheriff

Guest Star

Bryan Friday

Bryan Friday

Randall

Guest Star

Matthew Rauch

Matthew Rauch

Clay Burton

Recurring Role

Christos Vasilopoulos

Christos Vasilopoulos

Olek

Recurring Role

Anthony Ruivivar

Anthony Ruivivar

Alex Longshadow

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the beginning, during the shoot-out on the city streets, the bus that slides on its side has an advertisement of TV show "Strike Back" on it.

    • Opening Credit Sequence Info


      Ivana Milicevic: A laundry line, a symbol of sweet American home life, strung with sheer black lingerie. The winds of change reveal the ominous masquerade mask. Lucas is back, and it's only a matter of time before Ana's dark secret is hung out for all to see.


      Hoon Lee: When Lucas took the fall for their crimes, Job disappeared just like Ana. He is a faceless, nameless, erased person.


      Demetrius Grosse: Deputy Yawners gave up a path to a promising career in pro football to pursue law enforcement. In times of self-doubt, Emmett wonders what might have been.

    • Music
      Fifth of Whiskey by Verse and Bishop (Opening)
      Redskin by The Straight 8's (At the Forge)
      Love Me by Colorsound (Playing in the car as Job blows up his salon)
      Are You Happy With Yourself by The Suzukis (In the car with Reed and Deva)
      Ann Bowman by The Straight 8's (Performing at Kai Proctor's party)
      Redskin by The Straight 8's (Performing at Kai Proctor's party)
      Gypsy by The Straight 8's (Performing at Kai Proctor's party)
      Ironsides by The Straight 8's (Performing at Kai Proctor's party)
      Lost Army by DeLooze (End credits)

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