Banshee (Cinemax) Season 2 Advance Review: Stronger Than Ever

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My love for Cinemax’s Banshee is probably no secret by now after I gushed about it in one of my Diary of a TV Addict and picked it as my favorite new show of 2013 and now it’s time for season 2 to premiere.

I got the chance to watch the first five episodes from the second season and let me just say that this second season is shaping up to be even stronger than the first.

The beauty of Banshee comes from its compelling storytelling but also from its layered and complex characters, each of them continually being fleshed out. At the core of it all is Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), a ex-con, who assumed the identity of the new Banshee Sheriff after he was killed in front of him.

At the end of the first season, we were left wondering, where can we possibly go from here. Carrie’s cover was blown, surely Hood’s cover would be blown, but the writers have found a way to keep the series going in a believable and exciting way, and give us more of what made the first season so glorious.

The second season picks up right after the events of the first season finale and we are soon introduced to a new character Agent Racine (Zeljko Ivanek) who plays a key role in how events unfold from there.

While I don’t want to say too much about the story because Banshee is better experienced when you don’t know too much, I do want to say that if you loved season one you’ll love season 2. They continue to build on the story and use their captivating characters perfectly.

I also continually find Banshee to be very overwhelming to watch (in a good way) because of how good each episode is. It is rare to find shows that move you in a lot of different ways, but Banshee is one of those and to me it’s up there with the likes of Starz’ Spartacus (and you know how much I loved Spartacussee my reviews).

And while, as I mentioned, I do not want to give away any spoilers I have to talk about episode 5 from this season because it stood out to me so much and gives you an idea of how eclectic Banshee is.

Episode 5, “The Truth About Unicorns,” is so cinematically beautiful, probably my favorite episode of Banshee in terms of directing, editing and feel. Watching “The Truth About Unicorns” felt like watching a beautiful independent film following a day in the life of two characters. Now I won’t spoil who those two characters are but keep an eye out for that one because it was a really unique episode of Banshee.

I actually went back to find out who directed it because I loved it so much. The director is Babak Najafi, who according to his imdb page, has directed a few shorts and a couple of Swedish films, including a sequel to Easy Money starring The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman. But more exciting than that, he also directed the following episode, episode 6 “Armies of One” of Banshee.

It’s pretty clear that this new season of Banshee will without a doubt please fans who have come to love the show and if you haven’t discovered the show yet, drop everything and go check it out… no seriously do it.

As for me I will anxiously be looking forward to the rest of the season and get ready for the finale which Antony Starr described in my interview with him (which you can read here) as “bigger” than season one… yep, I think we’re gonna explode when that comes around.

And also for those who can’t get enough of the show, you should check out Banshee Origins which are extra scenes that reveal more backstories of the characters and the show.

Season 2 of Banshee premieres tonight, January 10th, at 10pm on Cinemax. Don’t miss it!

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