If there is a hole in your heart now that Hunted, Homeland, and Boardwalk Empire have finished their seasons, I’ve got some bad news. Cinemax’s new show Banshee is not going to fill the void. As you would expect from Cinemax, it was chock-full of guns, ass kicking, and sex. It was also unbelievably bad.
I know there are going to be a lot of people who disagree with me, but facts are facts. Before the opening credits, “Lucas Hood” (Antony Starr) had sex with a random waitress, destroyed a hair dresser’s office, caused a multi-car, double-decker bus pile up, and dodged bullets. All that was missing was a slow motion stride with an explosion in the background.
Banshee is trying too hard to be edgy. It feels like the type of show a group of teenage boys would dream up during a high school lunch of Snicker bars and Mountain Dew. “Dude, we should have a bad ass dude who kills a man with a bottle of A1 steak sauce, then show a naked chick with a dude going down on her. And then, they could do some drugs, like even in the shower they could be smoking pot. And, wait for it, we could throw in Amish people.”