Thursday, May 26, 2016

What I’m Watching: Banshee (Penultimate Episode)

Banshee: Season 4, Episode 7 “Truths Other Than the Ones You Tell Yourself” (B+)

When shows add characters over the course of their runs, events towards the end often feel very slanted towards them in a way that isn’t fully representative of the show. The large role that Calvin, Veronica, and Declan played in this episode fits that mold, and while they’re all strong characters, that’s not the core of this story. Lucas and Brock having a heart-to-heart as they thought they were about to die, on the other hand, was absolutely appropriate for this point in the show’s run. The key difference in each person’s perception of their situation was substantial, since Brock was convinced it was the end and Lucas knew that all hope was not lost. Lucas angrily admitting to everything was extremely compelling, and it’s going to make the show’s final episode all the more awesome, I’m sure. Veronica was resilient up until she was nearly sacrificed, and kudos to this show for not making Declan a dumb villain who didn’t tie her tightly enough or was stupid enough to give her a drink so that she could break free. I do hope that this is the last we’ve seen of Declan and his creepy, creepy cult. Now on to the skinhead who went ballistic at work and walked out with his shirt off and tattoos showing, ready to come for Proctor, his brother, and anyone else who would stand in his way. Job’s revenge was sweet, and it’s good to see him back in good spirits again. How can this show possibly wrap up all its threads in just one hour? I’m eager to see, and sad to see this very unique and very uniquely violent show go.

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