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BANSHEE The Complete Second Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 511 minutes, five audio commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, Banshee Origins, trailers

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1, French 5.1, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

 

STUDIO: HBO/ Cinemax/ Your Face Goes Here Entertainment/ One Olive

RELEASE DATE: 12-30-2014

 

DISC 1- LITTLE FISH/ THE THUNDER MAN

DISC 2- THE WARRIOR CLASS/ BLOODLINES/ THE TRUTH ABOUT UNICORNS

DISC 3- ARMIES OF ONE/ WAYS TO BURY A MAN/ EVIL FOR EVIL

DISC 4- HOMECOMING/ BULLETS AND TEARS

The second season of BANSHEE is as awesome as the first season.   An ex-convict assumes the identity of small town sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) where he resorts to upholding the law in the small rural Amish-area town of Banshee, Pennsylvania while also pulling off some crimes off with his ex-lover Anna/ Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) and other people.  He gets into conflicts with Amish gangster Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and Kinaho tribal leader Alex Longshadow (Anthony Ruivivar).  Kai’s niece still dreams of being with Lucas while Lucas gets involved with his female deputy.   The second season follows up on the fallout caused by the events in the season one finale as Carrie believes her father/ Ukrainian gangster rabbit (Ben Cross) may still be alive.   She is estranged from her husband and kids after her past is exposed.  Lucas continues to walk the line under his fake identity as he escapes detection from FBI Agent Jim Racine (Zelijko Ivanek), investigates the death of a Kinaho teenage girl, and the unwelcome arrival of the son of the real Lucas Hood.

 

The second season does a good job of further developing the characters while setting the stage for whatever may happen in the third season.   Lucas tries to leave the job he took only to have events throw new obstacles in his path.  Also Rebecca, Kai’s niece, goes through a transformation that takes her farther away from the Amish girl she once was and you wonder if she will eventually be like Kai.    Lucas starts his own personal war against Kai after rescuing Kai’s niece.   Each character is trapped by their past, who they are, and the people around them.   Kai is jealous of anyone that Rebecca associates with and he even will kill anyone who sleeps with her (as you wonder if they will sleep together in some form of twisted romance between uncle and niece).  Carrie tries to put away her past for good while Lucas is still trapped by his past dreams.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Deleted Scenes for THE THUNDER MAN, THE WARRIOR CLASS, BLOODLINES, HOMECOMING, and BULLETS AND TEARS

 

ZOOMED IN featurettes for episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 explore pivotal scenes and characters of the second season of BANSHEE with the featurettes alternating between examination of a bad guy for ARMIES OF ONE and behind-the-scenes of action sequences like the highway heist in the second season opener

 

The most important feature on the disc are the mini-episodes that form BANSHEE ORIGINS (45 minutes approx) as 12 new segments go into the past of several characters.  You can watch them before the second season, but I think you may want to watch the Origins episodes after watching the second season (however they also provide back story that ties in with the second season).

 

CONVERSATION BETWEEN OLEK AND THE ALBINO (Disc 4)

 

Trailers for BANSHEE Season 2 and the Origins Comic Con trailer

 

Audio Commentaries for THE THUNDER MAN, THE WARRIOR CLASS, BLOODLINES, WAYS TO BURY A MAN, and BULLETS AND TEARS

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  BANSHEE season two continues to show why this crime noir series is the best crime action drama you should be watching.   Check out the BANSHEE ORIGINS and the ZOOMED IN featurettes for a deeper experience of this great show.  I can’t wait to watch season three.

 

This review is 12-27-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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