Banshee (2013–2016)
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Behold a Pale Rider 

Ana makes arrangements to kidnap Hood and leave him for Rabbit to find. A drugstore hold-up turns into a hostage situation at the local high school. Job frees Lucas in time for him to save the students in the school, including Deva.

Director:

Dean White

Writers:

Jonathan Tropper (created by), David Schickler (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Antony Starr ... Lucas Hood
Ivana Milicevic ... Anastasia / Carrie Hopewell
Ulrich Thomsen ... Kai Proctor
Frankie Faison ... Sugar Bates
Hoon Lee ... Job
Rus Blackwell ... Gordon Hopewell
Matt Servitto ... Deputy Brock Lotus
Demetrius Grosse ... Deputy Emmett Yawners
Trieste Kelly Dunn ... Deputy Siobhan Kelly
Ryann Shane ... Deva Hopewell
Daniel Ross Owens ... Mayor Dan Kendall
Lili Simmons ... Rebecca Bowman (credit only)
Ben Cross ... Mr. Rabbit
Matthew Rauch ... Clay Burton
Christos Vasilopoulos ... Olek
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Storyline

Anastasia makes a deal with her father to hand over Lucas. She lures Lucas over and knocks him out. When he wakes up, hand cuffed to a bed in a motel. Kai Proctor is visited by his brother-in-law. He wants Kai to talk to Rebecca and convince her to act properly before it is too late. Deputy walks into a convenience store robbery. He pursues the robbers into a high school where they take hostages. It is a Saturday and the school gym is being used for detention. One of the hostages is Deva. As Rabbit is on his way to get Hood, Job figures out where he Lucas and sets him free. Lucas rushes back to the high school to rescue Deva. The fallout from Anastasia turning Lucas in is unexpected as the intense anger turns into passion. Written by Axe Pagode

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Goofs

During the hostage scene in the gym, the cell phone they are talking on is upside down in many shots. See more »

Quotes

Sugar Bates: What would we be without our secrets.
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Flame of Desire
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Performed by Studebaker John and The Hawks
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A "clinic" on how to turn up the heat without cheating the viewer....
3 September 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

As I mentioned in other reviews of individual episodes, I am using time shifting to watch an entire series in sequence, so even though the episode being reviewed is not timely to the small screen, it is timely to me. I don't know what comes next. I don't even know if the series survives.

That said, I believe Banshee is rapidly becoming one of my favorite shows of all time and I have been watching TV for a very long time.

Here is a secret. It is not merely words, characters and actors which creates "connection" between viewer and show, it is also trust (sometimes lack of it) in the writing team. Most viewers, given a choice, would rather watch a show penned by writers they trust, writers who have not let them down or made them feel belittled in a prior episode. Not an easy trick, but the first season of Banshee pretty much sets the bar for building trust.

I don't personally know the writing team here. But I do know they are pleasantly insane, comfortable doing everything from a love scene to a UFC spectacle, and they don't cheat or take the easy way out (ie, they have so far avoided cliffhangers that do nothing but try to hook the viewer like a mackerel) This episode is actually a clinic for writers from other shows who can't seem to dig themselves out of the plot holes THEY THEMSELVES CREATED by anything other than a "to be continued." It is self-contained episode, contains extreme ranges of emotion and passion, has great action scenes, advances the plot, and is just plain fun to watch.

Ivana Milicevic is one of the most photogenic actresses of all time. Bravo to the casting director.


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