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Posted July 28, 2016 into Telly by John Birmingham

I got into the Cinemax TV series Banshee after reading a 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.

I’m just about to grab S2 now.

Season ONE is here, if you're so inclined.

8 Responses to ‘Banshee’

Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted July 28, 2016

FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 1, 2016
I don't seem to recall Stranger Things being discussed here at the burger. Has anyone put in the time on it? I found it gave me a nice feeling of nostalgia. Right down to the opening credits! Not too bad an offering all in all.

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McGuffin mumbles...

Posted July 28, 2016
Last I looked, Presto was streaming Banshee. I watched the first ten minutes of it and found it so over-cooked I skipped right over it and watched The Last Ship instead. Sounds like it's worth another look...

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Jevon Kasitch reckons...

Posted July 29, 2016
Excellent series that is everything the article makes it out to be and more. The season four wrap was satisfying in a way that most of these endings are not. They could have kept going.

Oh, the safe combination that the opening credits has means something.

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Surtac has opinions thus...

Posted July 29, 2016
Yeah. What Barnes said. I have all the series, courtesy of a colleague who thought I might like it after hearing me bemoan the fact I'd finished Justified. I've only watched the first ep so far and it looks good, albeit crowded with backstory, flashbacks and suchlike. I should stop being distracted by The Last Ship and get back to it.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted July 29, 2016
that olde timey town roadside billboard ad seems to be a goer as a theme lately. Neil Gaiman is releasing a metric truckload of his books with pulp covers, some of which are by Robert McGinnis

The Amercian Gods one coming out now because of the interest generated by the impending tv series.

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Boscolamb is gonna tell you...

Posted July 30, 2016
Fantastic show, and it was comparable to Justified, but more splodey and action-filled. Don't get your hopes up too high for season four. The final season, with the exception of the series finale, was something of a letdown.

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Stevo mutters...

Posted August 2, 2016
Banshee looks good, must look it up. Preacher on AMC is also a great series that just wrapped season 1. Based on the graphic novel, it's "bank robbers meet supernatural meets vampires meets the clergy, in a kooky Texas small town setting.

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