Banshee: The Fire Trials
January 10, 2015 1:21 PM - Season 3, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Carrie faces backlash in the wake of her revelation about her past. Lucas faces a new threat.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total)
This article is a good summation of why this preposterous, over-the-top, cringe-inducingly hyperviolent and oversexed show is actually a stealth work of genius and a prime guilty pleasure.

The bit in this episode with "Hood" explaining to his daughter all of the various things she did wrong in her robbery, intercut with her mother's robbery was fantastic.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:24 PM on January 10, 2015

Basically, for my money, this show takes a seedy, preposterous, direct-to-video crime premise and injects it with top-flight direction, layered characterization, and a knowing but not winking understanding of its own scuzzball noir weirdness. I can't get enough of it.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:29 PM on January 10, 2015

I cannot get enough of this show. It is fantastic. Hood is an excellent father. That talk did her more good than the stupid, ineffectual "this isn't okay."

Lucas going rogue and taking the police dept with him. Fuck, yeah! The gang taking out a military convoy with a bow and arrow. Lucas planning to steal from a corrupt military base filled with mercs. Carrie falling to pieces (in her fashion) because her suburban dream is over. The best use of "bullocks" evar. Proctor and Rebecca, the best incestuous, criminal, Amish duo I've ever seen. Proctor's aunt(?) giving the understatement of a lifetime. And to wrap it all up in a bow, the leader of the military base is sleeping with Carrie. I love the fucking insanity of this show.

The only bad bit was/is the Native American plot. It has always been very weak and honestly the change in bad guys for that team only made it worse. The councilman/casino owner at least had nuance. The new guy is like a generic bad guy who accidentally received a speaking role.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 5:04 PM on January 10, 2015

I actually kind of (tentatively) like Chayton. He's a weird mix of fatalism and idealism. Really, he's primal, like a force of nature. Cannot be bargained with or reasoned with.

One of my favorite parts about the show's direction is regular non-linear intercutting to expand and contract time. Like the sequence where Chayton draws his bow, which is cut back and forth with the seconds right before and after. Very cool.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:49 PM on January 10, 2015

If you've not seen it, take a gander at Banshee Origins.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 4:47 PM on January 11, 2015

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