Banshee: Season 1 (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) (Cinemax)
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Top Customer Reviews
For most of its debut episode we don't even know the lead character's name. BANSHEE introduces us to a master thief (Antony Starr) who'd just got done serving fifteen years of hard time. But the thief is anything but rehabilitated. Fueled by rage and longing he tracks down his ex-flame and partner-in-crime to a town in Pennsylvania named Banshee. In a bar on the outskirts of town, he witnesses the brutal death of Banshee's incoming sheriff, Lucas Hood. While burying the sheriff, the thief arrives at one of those last-moment epiphanies. He desperately needs to disappear. No one knows what the new sheriff looks like. It's easy math.
While STRIKE BACK and HUNTED deal more with international intrigue, BANSHEE is very much American Gothic noir. It's a pretty wacky premise that is immediately addictive even though it's got a glaring flaw because for a guy desperate to fall off the grid, there are surely more low-keyed options. But never mind. It's gradually dawned on me that part of the show's appeal is how preposterous it is.
"Lucas Hood" is one of those laconic, hard-boiled characters. Antony Starr brings a super-charged presence to the screen. He's a good-looking bloke and he's got this amazing physicality, but what really sells him is that he's able to channel this immeasurable pain and sadness in his eyes. This is still Cinemax so the show doesn't shy away from a sexual tone.Read more ›
I'm a sucker for the Russian Mafia, and we get plenty of diabolical doses here, including
the history of our convict hero turned Sheriff, his estranged girlfriend now married to
the local DA, and the twisted narrative of all the above woven into a small Pennsylvania
town named Banshee that is influenced heavily by a Native American casino, and totally
run by a psychotic genius Amish Mafia chieftain. Its nonstop crazy, and brilliant.
I cant get enough of this show and cant wait for Season 2. Check it out. this is my highest
5 Star recommendation of all time.
However, you're really going to have to be willing to suspend disbelief to get through any of the episodes. You're going to have to believe that a thief frantically trying to escape a locked facility with police on the way is going to stop to answer a phone call from his ex-girlfriend, or that he can evade several police cars by running away from them, or that his previously mentioned ex is somehow going to get across town in 2 minutes just in time to pull off an awesome 180-degree stop so he can jump in the back, shoot the tires off a police car (which sends it flying into the air) and then speed away while the rest of the police give up.
That's all in one of the earlier episodes of the show, and trust me when I say the wheels just keep flying off from there. This show is unabashedly over-the-top loud and dumb, and if you can't tolerate groan-inducingly unrealistic things happening every few minutes, you'll probably not enjoy Banshee.
An adrenaline rush from the first scene. There is no synopsis on Amazon, so I am offering some ad hoc cut/paste from external sources, with some of my own color worked in.
"Banshee takes place in the fictional small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania in the an area settled by the Amish. After serving 15 years in prison for stealing diamonds from a Ukrainian gangster called Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross), with a partner who is also Mr. Rabbit's daughter. The unnamed protagonist travels to Banshee to find his heist accomplice and former lover, Anastasia. When he finds her, the protagonist learns that she is now a married to the local DA, a mother of two and living under the assumed identity of Carrie Hopewell. Later, when the incoming Sheriff is killed (hired by the local mayor sight un-seen), the protagonist takes on his identity as Lucas Hood, becoming the town's new Sheriff. Banshee sees Hood struggle with adapting to his new identity while dealing with the machinations of local crime lord Kai Proctor (shunned former Amish), and remaining hidden from Rabbit"
Without giving away too much of the plot. Hoods allies are a former boxer that both serves as his landlord and runs the local drinking establishment and an Asian cross-dresser that is an elite computer hacker.
There are scenes involving, a motorcycle gang, white supremacists, prison battle between Hood and a giant Albino, run of the mill local white trash bad guys, a fight scene at an Indian casino between Hood & an MMA fighter and less not forget, enough sex scenes to make a porn star blush!
Banshee is high octane in the "Strike Back" mode. If you like Shrike Back, I can't imagine that you would not like Banshee.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came across this show on Amazon. Never heard of it before. I had no expectations. It turned out to be my new favorite show. It's not animated. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Cathleen Conway
Didn't expect it to be such a great and exciting show, as I had never heard of it before watching.Published 9 hours ago by Daniel Foy
Great show, sometimes its over the top,with violence and TnA, but nevertheless, its entertaining and sort of addicting.Published 1 day ago by D. Pham
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