Banshee: We All Pay Eventually
March 14, 2015 12:43 PM - Season 3, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Proctor, Burton, and Rebecca form a posse. Gordon and Hood form a posse. You won't believe what happens next.

Of course you will, this is Banshee, it's what you're here to see: War.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden (15 comments total)
‎Job! Holy fuck, Job. I kept wondering where the annoying little hacker-worm, Leo, was but damn if it didn't still surprise me when he popped up and shot Job. Goddamn it. Job! 

I think Hood deciding Job's on his own till he reaches out is a betrayal. Remember Job's line: I never doubted [Hood] would come. Well, I guess he won't this time. Will Job turn against Hood if he isn't rescued? You have $6M! Spend every penny of it finding Job‎!

Gordon and Hood with the guns. Hood's eyes just getting bigger and bigger as Gordon starts putting together his one massive gun. Hood's equipment was just as bad ass, only different. Only Banshee could make the clichéd dick-measuring analogy interesting again. I really wasn't expecting Gordon to die. Carrie, maybe, although that would leave the show really short on prominent women. Gordon didn't say much this whole episode (did he say anything?) and yet he was emoting all over the place and his death was tragic. 

Hood and Dalton. Hood was basically brainwashed into thinking he killed his dad, right? Otherwise, why the big deal about making him admit that? Also, he was in the military when Dalton took him, not prison. So Hood was turned into a killer. No wonder there's blood and death wherever he goes. Does he even know what was done to him? Is that his ultimate arc--to find out who he used to be? 

Also, loved the cold open. For a split second I thought Stowe had captured Hood. How good are the writers at not mentioning Hood's real name in the flashbacks while making it seem natural? Seriously, that's pretty great. ‎

I liked the style of Proctor repairing bridges by joining forces and taking out the other side. I just didn't like that he picked Morales over Frazier. Frazier upheld his part of the original bargain and got screwed over by Rebecca. Then he tried to fix things as Proctor would have done. Frazier had the morally superior position--as these things go in Banshee. I didn't agree with Frazier and his team being wiped out so I was less interested in that showdown. The sword-to-a-gunfight was a good touch, though. And even though it would have left him without anyone to sell to, I kept waiting for Proctor to shoot Morales. ‎

Three cheers all around for the acting especially Stowe, Hood, Gordon, and dontwannabe-Nazi. Major kudos to Carrie for her expressions upon realizing she just gutted a guy in front of her husband then realizing there's so much worse, Gordon's dying. (I never saw Gordon get shot. When did this happen?)‎

This was a brutal season finale. I love the fuck out of this show. ‎

One minor quibble: Rebecca. She received zero repercussions for her little power play. Not good. 
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 12:58 PM on March 14, 2015

What a great episode! I'm so bummed we'll have to wait almost a year for more.

Sugar was fantastic here--both his aw shucks "I don't know" when the soldiers discovered Job and Carrie missing, and of course the perfect comedic timing when he head-shot the soldier neatly in contrast to Job's bloodbath.

JOB! Augh, they have to find Job! The devastation on Lucas's face during that final part was heartbreaking.

I liked how Gordon kind of got a redemption arc this season, and loved the look on Lucas's face when he brought out his big gun, literally, but I'm kind of annoyed that he died. Seems like too neat a way to not make Carrie have to choose between them anymore. Lazy/boring choice for the writers. I think Gordon got shot during the simultaneous shot against the other sniper?

Kai was also fantastic with the delivery of his lines this episode, but giving the sowrd to Morales just made me imagine some kind if ridiculous Highlander Xover. I'm sure if I trawl fanfic hard enough I'll find it!

Finally: I cannot believe this show got me to find a ridiculously tattooed ex-neo-Nazi interesting, but hot damn did it. That said, I thought the placement of Bunker's scenes in this ep were really disruptive, and I especially resented that we cut away from the emotional overload of the rescue at base for Bunker's drama. I would have wished that over and done with before we began all the parallel shootout scenes and their fallout--which, btw, were masterfully edited together, I thought.
posted by TwoStride at 1:59 PM on March 14, 2015

Also, I thought I spotted one continuity error to nitpick: Job gets shot in the back of the shoulder by the weasely hacker, and we see the blood fly up... but when weasely hacker throws Job over his shoulder, Job's back appears to be unblemished.
posted by TwoStride at 2:00 PM on March 14, 2015

I have the feeling that Carrie and Hood are over as a couple. They've paid too high a price.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 2:34 PM on March 14, 2015

Or maybe it's that the price others had to pay was too high.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 2:44 PM on March 14, 2015

Good catch on the continuity error, TwoStride. Yup, his back is blood and bullet-hole free.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 6:05 PM on March 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

I think Hood deciding Job's on his own till he reaches out is a betrayal.

I didn't take that as "Fuck it: I'll help him if he calls." I took it as him having no way of even starting the rescue unless Job can get him a message to know how to begin.

Also, I thought I spotted one continuity error to nitpick: Job gets shot in the back of the shoulder by the weasely hacker, and we see the blood fly up... but when weasely hacker throws Job over his shoulder, Job's back appears to be unblemished.

I took it as the sweater having moved in relation to the wound.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:24 AM on March 15, 2015

I've stopped thinking of this as a pulp crime show. Now it's the best superhero show ever. It's the version of the Punisher everyone really wanted. Let's just say the quality bar for the upcoming Daredevil series has been raised.

Flash, Green Arrow? As Job would say, "Bitch, please."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:58 AM on March 15, 2015

Another thing I love? The opening credits sequence.

Did you all catch that it teased both Gordon's death and the manner of Stowe's death? Gordon appeared/disappeared, and Stowe's fingers were shot off.

And I wish someone would figure out:

* What is the scratched-out text on the shot of the reclining woman, who I presume is Ana/Carrie?
* Is the woman in the lake Deva?
* Is there significance to the lock combination?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:03 AM on March 15, 2015

The second season's combination unlocked additional content on the now-defunct web site

Not sure what this year's numbers were for.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:37 PM on March 15, 2015

Cool. I never knew the combos changed or meant something. This one is 5-13-69, I think.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 5:36 PM on March 15, 2015

the vault combination numerology of 5-13-69 can be found [in episode 3], in the Interstate 513 mile marker 69. Found at wildmanweber.blogspot.

That's the ep with Agent Phillips and the homage to Knight Rider.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 6:07 PM on March 15, 2015

They seem to be setting up the Neo-Nazis as the big bads for season 4. I can easily anticipate a good deal of grim satisfaction at seeing those dudes get their asses kicked.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:03 PM on March 15, 2015

Going by the cold open, last week's flashbacks, and Job's off-screen final words ("fuck me"), Dalton has Job.

I think Hood's scene with Sugar, in the bar, where he made a point of explaining why he wouldn't chase after Job is actually a conversation with the audience. Shrug. That's my interpretation of that scene though I hope I'm wrong and Hood finds a way.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 2:17 AM on March 16, 2015

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