Friday, January 10, 2014

Banshee 2.2: Sneak Preview Review

Continuing with my sneak preview reviews of Banshee - this time, episode 2.2, set to air January 17, 2014 - courtesy of a screener disk provided by Starpulse.  As always, these reviews will deal in generalities and avoid specific spoilers.

Among the highlights of Banshee 2.2:

  • Lots of hand-to-hand punishing fighting, as always - but in this episode there's a lot more than usual involving women, including some woman-to-woman combat.
  • The Indian versus the Amish conflict takes center stage.
  • No Feds on camera.
  • Probably the best female nudity we've seen so far in the series.
Women have been throughout the most compelling characters in the series, other than Hood and Proctor.  This is not to say that the other men aren't good, it's rather that the women are more exceptional, each in her own way.  In season 2, we have at least four in riveting play: Ana, Rebecca, Siobhan, and Nola.   Each has an erotic relationship of some sort with Hood.  Each either packs a punch or is unafraid to mete out deadly force.   And each has significant screen time in episode 2.2, making it an outstanding feminist show.

One of the other defining characteristics of the series is how, with so many groups ready to commit violence and/or criminal acts, it's almost inevitable that one group will wrongly blame another for a hit it takes.   Watch out for a fine example of this in episode 2.2, and I'll be back here between January 17 and 24 with my sneak preview of episode 2.3.

See also Banshee Season 2 Premiere: Sneak Preview Review


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