Banshee Review: Cinemax's New Series Has Ball's... American Gothic Signature
Frankie Faison (Barney! The Silence of the Lambs) had perhaps the most time as Sugar and handled it with ease, creating a confident that we can all trust while I thought Milicevic (Love Actually) and Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) also made the most of their brief appearances. As for the rest of the large ensemble, they all seem fine and I liked the way that the title sequence not only played up the tone but also delivered pictorial insights into each of the supporting players. Did you notice the boxing gloves? The football? I wonder if there was a hint into what caused the scars on attractive police officer (and possible sexual competitor to Milicevic's tied-up love interest)? Lastly, even though Ryann Shane's performance and storyline as the troubled daughter seems cliche, the implied progression of her character is pretty interesting.
If you missed the pilot but want to check it out, Cinemax has made Episode 1 available online. For free. I doubt this will be the case for all ten first season installments. Oh, and a banshee is a female fairy who begins to wail if someone is about to die and, although originally a Gaelic legend, it's a figure also prominent in American folklore. Seems thematically appropriate for the series about a man not only returning to his dangerous past but building plenty of new enemies along the way. I wonder if Milicevic's Anna, sorry, Carrie, is the one wailing? I know I'm going to keep watching to find out.
Banshee airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET on Cinemax. Created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler (with Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes and Peter Macdissi as executive producers), the series stars Anthony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ben Cross, Cedric Stewart, Frankie Faison, Rus Blackwell, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Ryann Shane, Matt Servitto, Hoon Lee and Ulrich Thomsen.
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