This week, Banshee pushes its own boundaries and gives its viewers one of the most enthralling, heartbreaking, intense, gorgeous and shocking episodes of television that will air all year.
What we get–among several other things–is a quieter meditation on parenting that shows some of the difficulties that Carrie, Gordon and Hood have either had to overcome or are currently trying to overcome.
The show adds new variables in the mix of groups trying to protect Bo, and examines the motivations of Skouras and his group in a solid follow-up to the pilot.
“Bullets and Tears” makes the best case possible for why Rabbit’s presence this season has at least been important in helping develop the relationship between the man known as Lucas Hood (or Tom Palmer, as he would have been known in another life) and Anastasia.
One of the small pockets of story that hadn’t been explored that much was how Emmett’s character fit in among everyone else. Both of Doug Jung’s scripts, though, seem to have anticipated that question and answered it with an exclamation point.
One series, though, is leading the charge at the beginning of the year. The most unlikely of heroes, Cinemax’s Banshee, in just a matter of three weeks, has matured into something truly special – something a lot of TV writers refer to as “appointment viewing” when describing other series.