BANSHEE is a rush- a cocktail of action,
violence, nudity, twists and turns, characters with secrets, gangsters, cops, Amish people, and a drag queen hacker. An ex-con assumes the identity of a small town sheriff named Lucas Hood (Antony Starr)
after tracking down his old girlfriend who lives under the assumed name of Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) in the town of
Banshee. Hood has been in prison for 15 years so that he could let his partner Ana (now Carrie)
escape with the diamonds they stole. Both of them are on the run from a Ukrainian
gangster named Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross). Hood gets entwined with the local
crime scene and a gangster named Kai Proctor as Hood doesn’t want to leave the woman he loves (that is married) and
the daughter that may be his. Banshee is a Pennsylvania
town that is a mix of regular town folk, Amish, and criminals. BANSHEE
is an addictive action cop series that offers a lot for fans of shows like THE SHIELD and JUSTIFIED. You can despise one character in one episode and feel for them in another episode. The story and characters are developed at a complex level that it makes me want to see what happens in
BANSHEE ORIGINS (DISC 1)- 13 prequel shorts
(over 30 minutes total) showing what various characters were doing during the last 15 years.
TOWN OF SECRETS
(DISC 1)- a quick promotional featurette on the series
NYC BUS CRASH (DISC 1)- a behind-scenes
look at how the NYC Bus Crash sequence was shot which included a bit of CGI to create digital vehicles
Digital Comic Book (DISC 1) of the first
issue of the Banshee prequel comic book
INSIDE THE TITLE SEQUENCE- click on images
in the title sequences of each episode to reveal secrets about each episode.
ZOOMING IN (DISC 3)- go on the set to see
how key sequences were filmed for episodes 7 and 8
REVEAL THE CODE (DISC 4)- find out what
the safe combination at the title sequence means.
Deleted scenes are included for episodes
6, 9, and 10. I wish the deleted scene for episode 10 was left in even though
the chance meeting between two characters in episode 9 is an interesting scene.
Audio commentaries were recorded with cast
and crew for PILOT and a few other episodes, but no audio commentaries for the last two episodes.
The season two teaser trailer is a big
tease which doesn’t show anything from the second season at all.
FINAL ANALYSIS: BANSHEE is a crime series
with twists and turns that will offer cop show and action film fans enough thrills and complex character development in this
very smartly written series that hooks you from episode one and doesn’t let go.
The prequel shorts are my favorite extra on the set.
This review is (c)8-8-2013 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.
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