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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 ›
The story follows an unnamed protagonist who after being released from prison, tracks down his old partner to the town of Banshee, and because of a ill fated bar fight, finds himself impersonating the soon to be sheriff of the small town. The characters are varied and interesting, and rarely come off as cliched. Because this is a Cinemax show, as previously stated, violence, cursing, sex, and brutality abound. But, and this is important, none of these things, in my opinion, are as gratuitous as many would have you believe.
When people fight, they bleed. We have become used to the overly stylized form of violence that has overtaken our entertainment. People have knock down, drag out fights, yet walk away with nothing more than ruffled hair and a cut lip. In Banshee, the consequences of combat are far more realistic.
What it comes down to, if you're looking for a fast moving, action packed, well written show, and aren't offended by sex and violence, you aren't going to do better than Banshee. An excellent show and a definite buy.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love it! HAd heard of the show and wondered about it. After watching it, I am now hooked and wanting to see more.Published 11 hours ago by Russell L. Miller
One of the best and most enthralling TV dramas I've ever seen. Totally engaging. Great acting. I'm watching the series for the second time and it's as good as the first. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Robert C. Litwack
So I watched six episodes last night. It was fairly compelling but the premise was unlikely.
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