Greetings fanshees. It’s been a little while. More than five months since my last shot fired here. I created this wordpress blog just to unleash furious rounds of mind ammunition about my favorite television series, Cinemax’s Banshee. A story about one town pulling the devil out of everybody inside of it. The show sneaked up on many people in January 2013, which is considered the dead of winter here in the Midwest slab of the United States. In a way, it melted a few ice cold trees on my street. The mix of violence, sex, drama, and high stakes that seemed to pulsate from each episode. 20 rounds later, the addiction I have with this show is legit. It’s not a show that I watch “when I have time”. It’s appointment TV. Sit the fuck down. Watch it now. Do laundry, dishes and father-husband duty later. Certain shows make that kind of thing happen. Banshee is a unique pleasure.
On the surface it is rogue and violent. Take this fight for example.
However, as the episodes came and went, a story was built. A story of identity and the struggle to escape what you have become. Take the lead character, Lucas Hood, brilliantly played by New Zealand actor Antony Starr. His real name is not Lucas, and we may never know what it is. He is a criminal who started out looking for his long lost love of his life, Ana(the powerful and beautiful Ivana Milicevic). What he found was a town, Banshee, that operates on levels that he knows far too well. A place where criminals have the upper hand and natural selection is ingrained in people’s mind instead of a court system or law enforcement. The wolves rule here. Lucas recognized that and took advantage, assuming the identity of a dead sheriff. He makes friends with Sugar, a local bar owner with a dark history. He sleeps with a seemingly innocent young woman with a dash of wildness called Rebecca(Lili Simmons, sexy and haunting at the same time). He butts heads with Kai Proctor(Ulrich Thomsen, perfecting a new shade of villain and nemesis) and other neighborhood tough guys. Lucas’ greatest strength is his will to keep fighting and his demented idea of survival. You can’t kill this guy. A certain Albino had something to do with that.The two seasons of Banshee have transformed Lucas from a criminal seeking a cover into a man who will protect the people he loves. That’s the secret layer of poignancy that has been set. Banshee may be as blunt as a fist at times and wrap its quieter moments around a bloody fist or the sexy curve of a woman’s hip, but it’s got something going. It’s the pool of glass a viewer steps in when watching this show. It’s got a cinematic hook to its madness that hooks you.
With that said, here are 10 things to expect when season 3 of Banshee debuts 2 months from tomorrow.
10.) Picking up the pieces. Emmett perished in the finale, so there will be the aftermath of that soulful death. Alex Longshadow also died, so the backlash for that will hit Proctor, Burton and Rebecca. Rabbit may be deceased but there are plenty of dominoes to kick over in season 3. The first episode will more than likely be the direct aftermath of these two big departures. Great shows pick off characters from both sides.
9.) Lucas Hood will more than likely be bloodied within 20 minutes. It doesn’t take long for Starr to get into trouble and find himself in a fight. He is Rocky in a sheriff’s outfit, taking a beating and keeping on ticking and coming back. There’s a certain ballet to Lucas’ fighting style. Get punched six times, throw a wide punch, miss, get punched four more times, and then land a few kicks. This guy likes to get hit.
8.) Proctor is mad. He got put in jail by Hood near the end of season 2. The two men have kept their distance(save for one legendary fight) for the most part but Season 3 they will clash. It’s going to happen. An unstoppable force and an immovable object can only be separated for so long. Lucas needs something to go after now that Carrie/Ana is back with Gordon and the Rabbit is dead. Proctor is that drug.
7.) Chayton gets a bigger slice of the pie. Say welcome back to Geno “The Freak” Segers. He got a small part in Season 2.He slapped Lucas around, ruffled a few feathers, insulted Emmett, spared Trieste Kelly Dunn’s life and officially ended the season by knocking out some dude in A Fight Club styled setting and finding out Alex died. He is going to take over the Kinaho Tribe and will team up with Odette Annable’s Nola and do some serious damage. He will make sure Hood and Proctor don’t have all the fun.
6.) Lili Simmons’ Rebecca has joined the dark side and fans will get a dose of confidence from the young beauty in Season 3. For two seasons, she has struggled with her loyalties. When she killed Alex, she joined Proctor’s clan and got dirty. This is for the good of the series. A bad Rebecca creates problems for everyone. I mean…she isn’t hard on the eyes.
5.) Ivana’s Carrie has to go back to playing the good wife in Season 3 after her tumultuous and eventful Season 2. She went from prison to neglected wife to hunting a rabbit with her ex-lover. Season 3 finds her desperately trying to shed her past and her feelings for Lucas. Neither will be successful and more people will die at Carrie’s hand. I worry about her ability to stay alive. Something tells me a big player goes down after the 10th episode of the show has aired.
4.) Sugar’s past comes to light. Good old Frankie Faison will hopefully get some more screen time to dive into the bar owner and tortured soul’s past as a boxer and how it intersected with Proctor. We saw the two visit in jail but I want more. More time with Frankie is always better.
3.) Matty Rauch and Hoon Lee are excellent as the sidekicks(beating hearts and safety pins) to Proctor and Hood. Rauch is all icy cold violence with a devotion unmatched as Burton, the Bow Tie Guy who won’t be denied. Lee’s Job is the comic relief and long suffering friend of Hood, a man he doesn’t know how to quit. It’s about time these two men meet. Hopefully, Job brings a gun or something because Burton is feisty.
2.) “Until Next Time”….Matt Servitto’s final words to Hood in Season 2 provided a preemptive strike from the deputy. Basically, hey pal I can’t have you going all gung ho and coming back to find a badge. I have a feeling Hood and Servitto’s Brock will finally throw down in Season 3. It doesn’t look good for Matt but hopefully Starr goes easy on him.
1.) Hood as a dad. Yeah, the final scene with Hood and his daughter, Deva(played so right by Ryann Shane) resonated with me for weeks. “Hi dad”. That’s all it took for viewers to see Starr’s Hood melt into a thousand pieces. This is the story line I want to see develop in Season 3 the most. All along, Lucas has known about his daughter. He has never known how it feels when the street goes both ways. Now that the cat is out and the mystery is gone, how do the two people exist? How far does he go in his quest for action and his thirst for violence now that a young lady calls her daddy? Starr and Shane are wonderful together onscreen and I hope they get plenty of time to watch this father/daughter tree(crooked as ever) grow in 2015.
There you go, Greg Yaitanes and Jonathan Tropper. Have some fun! Along with Loni Peristere and other gifted directors, these creators are going to rock us again. Banshee is better than a movie because it lasts 10 hours and it’s better than other TV shows because it doesn’t play by any rules. The mysteries are gone. Carrie’s identity is out there. Hood as a father is out there. The good and bad sides crossed the line in different ways in the first two seasons. The mystery is gone. The real action can now begin. How pumped are you, fanshees? Season 3 of Banshee is in 2 months and 21 hours.
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