I got into the Cinemax TV series Banshee after reading a Vox.com piece on how it’s fight scenes were the best in television and better than most movies. That was enough. Take my money!
If you’re familiar with the show and up to date with the eps, you should read the Vox piece.
It wraps the four season show thus:
The series is a pure pulp amalgam of They Live, the films of John Woo, half the Vertigo comics library, and every direct-to-home-video action flick ever.
Its setting — the rural hamlet of Banshee, Pennsylvania — is likewise a melting pot of idiosyncratic elements that somehow come together beautifully. Ex-Amish crime bosses, a pitiless gang based on a Native American reservation, a whole military base’s worth of corrupt soldiers, a cross-dressing hacker, and 7-foot-tall giants are somehow all crammed into the tiny town. Oh, and everyone is a martial arts expert. Everyone.
At the center of this maelstrom is a so-far nameless former thief (played by Antony Starr) who’s spent the duration of the show posing as Lucas Hood, Banshee's new sheriff. Fresh out of jail, "Hood" soon has any thought of keeping his head down dashed, as he gets wrapped up the myriad criminal threats plaguing the town, tries to win back his former partner in crime and lover (Ivana Milicevic), and finds he can’t resist the call of his old ways.
The fourth season will, sadly, be the last. Critics loved this show, but it never found the mass audience it deserves. I suspect because the fights are so visceral. It can be hard to watch them sometimes.
It’s not streaming in Oz. I had to buy my entry via iTunes, but it was thirty bucks very well spent for that first season.