Banshee: Tribal
February 8, 2015 8:04 PM - Season 3, Episode 5 - Subscribe

All hell breaks loose as Chayton and an army of Redbones invade Banshee, looking to avenge Tommy’s death. Holed up in the Cadi with Lucas and his deputies, Proctor is frustrated by his inability to attend to his ailing mother at home. As the assault reaches a fever pitch, Bunker tries to prove to Medding that he’s not the man he used to be.
posted by DirtyOldTown (13 comments total)
My inner smartass keeps telling me to post every single episode of this show with the plot description "A succession of people get punched right in the fucking face."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:06 PM on February 8, 2015 [3 favorites]

On Twitter, Trieste Kelly Dunn said that when Antony Starr leaned in to tell her Lucas Hood's real name, he whispered, "Gaaaary."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:54 PM on February 8, 2015 [2 favorites]

Great example of a bottle episode.

This really is the best show on TV that doesn't get near enough said about it. No other network would run this, but if any of them did, we wouldn't stop talking about it.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:58 PM on February 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

How many Redbones did they kill in this episode anyway?

When you think of the horrible, brutal endings that have come to people who have fucked with Lucas Hood, and you think about what Chayton did... Holy shit.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:21 PM on February 8, 2015

One thing on Banshee either bugs me to no end or is turning into a source of amusement, and at this point I keep swinging back and forth between the two reactions: Hood's wrist boo-boo.

Seriously, people on this show end up surviving things that are physically impossible. They suffer gaping wounds and significant blood loss and conditions which would have them in hospital for ages and in treatment forever. All manners of foreign objects are driven through all sorts of body parts, and yet everything heals up miraculously--all except for Hood's wrist/hand. I don't even remember at what point in the first (I think) season he did whatever it was to injure his wrist, but despite all that time passing he's still wearing a tensor bandage. And it seems to be the same one he put on when the injury first happened, as it certainly isn't showing any signs of being new or having been put through the wash. Maybe that's the problem. Maybe it's so dirty and contaminated with other people's blood, spittle, and bodily fluids, not to mention gun powder and gun cleaning oil, that Hood's injury keeps getting reinfected.

At first I liked the evidence of an ongoing injury. Then it really started to annoy me. Now I'm not sure what I think of it, but I think I'm starting to accept it as a joke. But given a few more episodes, I may have an entirely different opinion of it.
posted by sardonyx at 7:09 AM on February 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

The answer seems to be that Antony Starr had a serious wrist injury. He needed significant surgery.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:12 AM on February 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Ah, a real-world explanation. Thanks DirtyOldTown.
posted by sardonyx at 10:35 AM on February 9, 2015

I chalked up the bandage as, someone else put it on him, but because Hood is fueled by equal parts burning love and rocket fuel, he doesn't even notice he still has it on.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:57 PM on February 9, 2015

Chalk it up to a physical therapist telling the actor that if he was going to continue to punch the shit out of people and things while his wrist heals, he can at least wear a brace.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:09 PM on February 9, 2015

Have they said anything about the district attorney being a lesbian? There was a woman waiting for her outside and they seemed to embrace.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:12 PM on February 9, 2015

Re: Siobhan's exit and how she faced it...

As someone who liked the character, it was awful. As a human being who does not like to see terrible things happen to other human beings, it was awful. As someone very aware of violence against women, it was awful.

But as a fan of good screenwriting and as someone who is exhausted by the cliche of characters suddenly becoming weirdly, nonsensically zen about dying, I found it very believable and heartbreaking that she begged for her life. I would have.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:18 PM on February 9, 2015

I knew Siobhan was a goner the minute she discovered Hood's secret. The show is called Banshee, after all. Hood couldn't actually leave and she's too honorable to allow him to continue as sheriff. However, the wait was excruciating. I really wanted her to make it--even if her character was lacking in depth. Chayton didn't have to be such a dick. I did keep hoping Job or Carrie would ride to the rescue.

The comment about two armed gangs attacking the police was very amusing. Also, the comment about everything Hood touches turning to blood made me rethink the character. I no longer think Hood will get a happy ending.

Nice foreshadowing a couple of eps ago in that scene where Hood is adamant that he won't get between Chayton and Proctor. You just knew something was going to happen to change his mind.

Hood shouldn't have whispered his name to Siobhan. That's prob the only bit that bothered me in the episode.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 7:39 PM on February 9, 2015

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