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Friday, January 31, 2014

Banshee 2.5: Sneak Preview Review

Continuing with my sneak preview reviews of Banshee - this time, episode 2.5, set to air February 7, 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 2.5:

Well, episode 2.5 is such a different, ethereal, half-dreamlike, but ultimately scalding reality kind of Banshee that I'm going to dispense with the bullets, and go discursive, after just this one bullet -
  • a major character introduced just this season dies
And the rest of the story ... well, it consists of three parts.  There's a beautiful quasi-dream-come-true part, with spare dialogue and masterful imagery and music.   Whose dream?   Well, look at the picture above.  It contains a major revelation about what one of these characters really wants to do.   Will it happen?  What do you think - is Banshee ready for even a fantasizing, a planning, of a happy ending?   Or will the dream go up in smoke?

And there's a gun play part - though episode 2.5 has about the least amount of violence and gun play I recall in any episode.

And there's an aftermath part, in which Hood takes account of what might have happened and really happened.   And his response to all of that is ... well, satisfying.

And I'll be back here between February 7th and 14th with my sneak preview review of episode 2.6.

See also Banshee Season 2 Premiere: Sneak Preview Review ... Banshee 2.2: Sneak Preview Review ... Banshee 2.3 Sneak Preview Review ... Banshee 2.4 Sneak Preview Review

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