More or Less: Banshee “Bullets and Tears”

Banshee Season 2 Episode 10 Bullets and Tears (2)

And with a beautifully balanced episode, Banshee ends with a whimper and a bang. Let’s take a look at what worked and what didn’t in this week’s Banshee: More or Less

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More: Casting of supporting actors who allow me to imagine that Banshee takes place in the same world as Orange Is the New Black. Gregory Korostishevsky, who played Yuri in this episode, also plays Dimitri, Red’s husband in Orange. Because Dimitri has been shown to have dealings with the mob I immediately assumed that he’d gotten in over his head with Rabbit under a new name and with Red behind bars, had no one to help him out. See what happens when you watch too much TV?

More: Badassery from Job (Hoon Lee). We caught a few glimpses of just how physically capable our favorite hacker is a few times last season, but Season Two took things to a whole new level. From last week’s (ill advised) one-man commando raid to his adroit handling of the hecklers who made the mistake of insulting him in the middle of his (fabulous) performance, to saving his friends when death was certain, Job’s show stealing moments of heroism proved his fists pack every bit as much punch as his words do.

More: Exploration into the past of the main characters and how those pasts connect to the show’s present. A lot of shows play with non linear stories, jumping back and forth in a timeline, but Banshee is the only show currently on television doing it perfectly. Every flashback feels natural and necessary in order for the story to resonate. My gods, the rapid fire edits juxtaposing Hood and Carrie’s preparation for their strike against Rabbit with their preparation for the robbery that started it all were simply… beautiful. This episode was a master class in how to truly make a show’s past its prologue.

More: Fat Al! Please bring him back!

More: Methodic Doubt (Kris Dirksen and Dane Short) awesomeness. Their theme for Carrie and Hood made a hell of a curtain call during the shootout in the church, this time backed up by guitar that underscored the violence of their situation. Paired with the almost poetic cinematography of that scene, they once again pushed Banshee past its pulpy premise. It was glorious.

More: FEELING! Some shows tell you what to feel and when to feel it. Banshee forces you to feel. You’re helpless against it as it draws pure emotion from you when you’re not expecting it.

More: Priests with machine guns. Unlikely I know, but Julian Sands striding down the aisle intent on murdering several people in his own church was an awesome image.

More: Scenes between Rabbit and Racine. What terrific foils! Yeah, they’re both dead, but watching those two together was a treat.

Less. Less. LESS!!! Please, no more of the “close family relations” becoming more and more common between Proctor and Rebecca. Just stop it. Let it go. Just don’t pick up the thread again next season and we’ll pretend this never happened. It’s uncomfortable with no payoff. There’s no reason for it. Proctor’s frakked up. Rebecca’s frakked up. We get it, we understand, but there are other ways of exploring that than the painfully awkward scenes of them spying on each other and hugging naked. I’m begging you, please, find some of them.

Final Score: With a tally of eight to one, “Bullets and Tears” achieves a More Score of Passing. This was the kind of Banshee episode we need more of.

What could YOU have used more or less of in this week’s Banshee? Is the whole Proctor/Rebecca sexual tension creeping you out, too? Give me YOUR More or Less in the comments below!

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