OK – the first season of Banshee on Cinemax just ended, so techinically it WAS the best show on tv! Banshee is a show about the sick twisted underside of things we all do our best to keep out of our lives. It’s fun to watch!
Man – I have to admit – I didn’t expect I would like this show as much as I did. I did immediately connect with it from the first episode a few months ago, and it became one of my favorites on tv.
It quickly turned into my favorite guilty pleasure.
There are not many tv shows I feel the need to watch as soon as they come out – but Banshee is certainly one of them.
It was a short season – and the season finale last night March 15th, 2o13 was a great way to end it.
Fortunately they showed a tease of it coming back in 2014.
I hope they do more episodes – but it seems like premium channel original programming in general doesn’t like to do more than a handful of episodes each “season” (more like annually).
Too bad – this show should be on at least for 2 seasons and have a good 11 episode run twice a year.
Well, that’s what we’d be doing if I were a tv executive.
So – what was so great about Banshee on Cinemax?
Well – compared to conventional network tv it thrived on the freedom to push things to the limit.
The story was always compelling and the characters were always interesting but what was especially appealing was taking action sequences and fight scenes for example to their most outrageous conclusion.
Combine that with the odd out of place contradictions like the Amish factor vs the Russian Mob and you have some pretty diverse themes going on.
The bottom line however is that the people behind producing Banshee are the reason this show worked.
It just clicked.
It clicked because they had a great vision and translated it into the best they could do.
It had flavor and substance but wasn’t afraid to be outrageous.
Too often network tv shows suffer from what feels like constraints.
The Following for example is a pretty good tv show – but after watching a show like Banshee it just doesn’t have that oomph. Watching the Following is just not as satisfying.
Yes you could say it just is not as good of a tv show – and that is true – but me – I feel like something about it is wrong or missing in The Following – and I think what is missing most is the passion that went into the making of a show like Banshee.
If you missed it – try to catch Banshee on DVD or however they release it. I realize a lot of people do not have Cinemax and it is worth having, but surely it will end up in other places.
So – if you see an opportunity to catch season one of Banshee I say go for it! If you are like me you will love it!
**** Then again – I am the guy that loved the Crank movies – so consider that…
Watch these Banshee Videos:
Banshee on Cinemax – selection of videos
Banshee Town of Secrets – featurette with David Schickler and Jonathan Tropper, the co-creators of Banshee
Ahhh… another great season of Survivor! Crazy stuff is happening!
Last night (3/13/13) we were treated to the best and worst of Survivor Caramoan Fans vs. Favorites as we watched Brandon Hantz (of the Russell Hantz bloodline) show his true colors and once again reveal his evil spirit.
Boy, there is something dark and evil dwelling in the Hantz family. This is not about the environments impact on their psychological states – but an absolute confirmation that there is something coming from inside that causes those dark angry feelings to surface so easily.
So what was the best and worst of this crazy episode of Survivor?
The best: Jeff Probst taking command of the situation with Brandon at the Immunity Challenge and massaging calmness into a volatile scene.
The worst: Brandon Hantz acting erratically and despicably leading up to an epic meltdown where he couldn’t hold back the evil.
We saw it coming, right? Brandon Hantz was shady and evil all along – past seasons and current – and we’ve seen Russell Hantz act in the same mean spirited way.
We all knew that Brandon was crazy and was someone you’d do your best to stay away from, but did anyone expect the psychological breakdown we saw as he melted down on tv?
It’s one thing to flip flop and have evil and nice thoughts bob in and out – but for the kind of evil to surface and take over his entire presence… well… that is not common nor is it to be tolerated.
It’s not safe to have people like this out there ready to explode.
If this wasn’t a TV show and Jeff Probst wasn’t there to calm Brandon down – this really could have resulted in some violent criminal behavior.
I can’t say it was enjoyable to watch, but I can say it was mesmerizing.
That doesn’t make it good. It showed how one person can cause so much pain to others without any apparent solution other than to exorcise the demons out of the camp.
It also showed how much intelligence Jeff Probst had at his disposal as we saw him difuse the situation as best as it could have possibly turned out.
As I watched I just kept hoping that Brandon would not eliminate himself and that we would see a VOTE boot him out of Survivor. I guess Jeff was correct in holding the tribal council right then and there at the immunity challenge instead of letting them all go back to camp.
Brandon would never have made it without hurting someone. So while it did ruin the game for us watching on tv – it was probably the safest and smartest thing to do to insure the game wasn’t ruined for everyone.
So – interesting tv and it did make me get out my pen and write – but geez – there is no excuse for people acting like that. Mean spirited behavior like that we saw on Survivor with Brandon last night is just not human.
I will say this though – they did a great job casting this season, wouldn’t you agree?
More on Survivor Caramoan Fans vs. Favorites
Brandon Hantz tells the truth about Russell Hantz – in this personal video Brandon says Russell Hantz is worth 2 million on Google and 200 in real life (lives in a trailer).
Survivor CBS site – you can watch the latest full episode of Survivor if you missed it!