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 Posted:   Jan 10, 2014 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I just loved the first season of BANSHEE and bought it on a sparkling set of Blu-rays. And was just reminded at IMDb that the second season starts tonight! Yes, it's certainly over the top, but what a delight!!!

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2014 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I hate to be the sole response to my own posting, but I watched the premiere of the second season of "Banshee" last night and was disappointed. It just didn't seem to have the same edge (or magic) that I'm accustomed to from the first season and which made it hard NOT to watch it when I stumbled across it on Cinemax while channel surfing, even though I had the entire first season on Blu-ray. I kept thinking last night while watching it that I had little desire to buy it on Blu-ray. So I hope it can get back on track … soon!

1-13-14 follow-up: I watched the 2nd season premiere again last night and liked it more than I did the first time. Which was a relief.

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2014 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I watched the first episode on DVD last year -- it was okay fluff, though Cinemax's other ridiculous drama Strike Back is more to my taste for silly entertainment. Unfortunately the audio was very low on the DVD; even with my speakers turned all the way up it was oddly muted. I may return to the show if I can rent the Blu-ray and hope that it doesn't have the same audio problem.

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2014 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

The first season got better and better (and even more outrageous). Had no problem with the audio, whether I was watching it on Cinemax HD or the Blu-ray. And there was no problem with the first episode of season 2 last night. Watched most of the first season of "Strike Back," but kind of lost interest in it.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Watched episode 2 of the second season last night, and am happy to report that it was better than the first episode. But I worry that the producers think that the fans of the series watch it BECAUSE of the violence -- frankly, I watch it DESPITE the violence and groan whenever star Antony Starr gets beaten up twice in ten minutes! (Or SEEMS like he was!) At the moment I have no plans to buy the second season on Blu-ray, as I did with the first, which would put it in a category with "True Blood" and "Vampire Diaries," which I bought on Blu-ray their first seasons but not for subsequent ones. In the case of "Breaking Bad," I bought both the first and second season on Blu-ray, but recently discovered that I had never even opened the second season -- watching it on AMC was enough, and I rarely watch the broadcasted repeats -- some programs don't work so well as repeats. But I could probably re-watch all 8 seasons of "Dexter" and never get bored!

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Just watched season one.
If not for the great female nudity I wouldn't watch this.
The violence is sadistic and almost pornographic.
I can accept violence as part of the action, but the continuous TORTURE scenes I can not accept.

I was thinkng of giving season 2 a try if they killed off Ben Cross, I hate that character.

Is he back?
brm

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Mr. Marshall:

Ben Cross' character, so far, is mostly gone -- we see him very briefly at the beginning and I think that his daughter sees flashes of him once or twice in her nightmares, but he is essentially gone, and we are well into the second season. As for the violence, yes, there's far far far too much of it -- I noted previously that if Antony Starr's character really got beat up like that nearly every episode, he'd be a bloody mess ... but, miraculously, 10 minutes after he's practically beaten to death, he looks like he just stepped off the cover of GQ magazine! Far too much violence for my taste too, but I keep watching! (But, unlike season 1, probably WON'T buy season 2 on Blu-ray.)

Follow-up: In the 3-7-14 episode, we get a very slight glimpse of Cross, and we see him in the trailer for next week, which will be the final episode for season 2. And he is listed at the end of the opening credits.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I plead guilty to watching this too. Like Ron said, Starr's character is beaten way too many times, but he always rallies back. Too much gratuitous sex and violence, but I admit to being hooked because I want to know how all of this is reconciled, and I find the non-violent Amish an interesting juxtaposition to the violence of the town and Native American reservation. (I have to know how it all ends.)

About Cross's character:
Ron, I don't think we've seen the last of Cross's character. He is still alive as seen in a few camera shots and in trailers.

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

joan: Agree -- and I don't remember if we see his name in the opening credits. But since he remains Villain #1 you can be sure we're going to see him again! Not too long ago I was watching my Blu-ray of the great "Chariots of Fire," and it was startling to see how Ben looked back then ... but we've ALL changed quite a bit since "Chariots" was released! And glad to see how well you navigate the spoiler feature!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Thanks, Ron.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Cinemax's "Banshee" ended its 2nd season last night with quite a bang and with a slightly longer than usual final episode. Was typically over the top, with intertwining flashback threads. I still like the show, but not as much as I felt about it at the end of the 1st season. And it looks like Ben Cross' character is dead, as is the new tribe chief and the black police officer, and one of Hood's nemesis' is on his way back to town with a vengeance! Oh my!

 
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