Sick at home today so decided it would be a good opportunity to start a new Prime series. I chose Banshee in part for two actors: Frankie Faison (from The Wire ) and Trieste Kelly Dunn ( Applesauce ). Banshee is my new guilty pleasure. I won't write an essay since there's already 2,500 reviews.
+ Addictive! The showrunner must be doing something right if you feel compelled to click "Next Up" to watch another ep.
+ A twist on cops & robbers, fully capitalizing on the many shades of gray in an ambiguous morality system characteristic of this 3rd golden age of television.
+ Damn tight scripts. Suspenseful plots. Exceptional cast picks.
+ Did I mention naked people? They're the type of people you'd actually want to see naked, not the type who hang at nudist camps.
- Crosses the line between believable and obvious fiction. They could have pulled off a more believable story (like
usually does), but instead it's as sensational as possible (at the cost of realism). Nothing like a 10-minute fight where the two bloody duelists would have been dead in the first minute (notably in ep.8, but also others), and an ex-con sheriff who gets a free pass from law enforcement at all levels, up to and including the FBI.
- The opposite of a Steadicam was used to "enhance" some of the action scenes, and on top of this they added choppy editing (you think "found footage" movies are bad? be sure to bring some Dramamine® to your Banshee sessions).
- Talk about a serious co-dependent relationship: one minute he's holding a pistol to his ex's head (seriously considering blowing it off), and the next minute the two of them are humping like bunnies. Like everything else in Banshee, the "romance" is over the top and slightly repulsive.