Summary: There's always a moment. Sometimes it comes early, sometimes late. Sometimes it's a surprise, sometimes long-coming. But there's always a moment; a point where a television show either grabs hold or losses you. My Banshee moment came early -- at the end of Episode Two to be exact -- and came as quite a surprise. Before that, Cinemax's second foray into original programming was intriguing enough I suppose, with a criminally colorful cast of killers and do-gooders.
Conclusion: Boy was I glad that this wasn't another vampire show! After I realized that was the case, 'Banshee' became pretty easy to enjoy. It's surprisingly effective in its storytelling even though it has to take time out for blatantly silly sex scenes which are there because, well, it's Cinemax folks. With some great video and extremely well done audio, 'Banshee' delivers. It's recommended viewing for sure.
Excerpt: The prison gates open and out walks the convict. It's been fifteen years in lock-up and now, finally, freedom is his. But where to? He is a hunted man, wanted by a ruthless gangster, ensuring that nowhere is safe, especially a central hub like New York City, which immediately erupts in a blaze of gunfire and rolling buses. Fleeing, the man ends up in a bar in the middle of Banshee, a small town in Pennsylvania.
Conclusion: Some shows are better when you can watch a bunch of episodes in quick succession. Banshee: The Complete First Season is such a show, as the chaotic Cinemax drama is more effective when viewers allow themselves to be completely sucked into the chaotic story of Lucas Hood, an ex-con that assumes the identity of a small-town sheriff.