TV Recap 1/10-1/19
Another weekly hub that I would like to do. I’ll basically be writing short reviews on television shows that I watch through the week. As the year goes on more shows will be added and I’ll even write some on shows that I still need to catch up on, so older shows might be reviewed as well. There will be some minor Spoiler so just be aware if you haven’t seen the episode yet.
After serving 15 years for stealing diamonds from a Ukrainian gangster called Rabbit. Our protagonist travels to Banshee for two reasons. to get his share of the diamonds back and to find his lover, Anastasia. He soon realizes that she has moved on and is married with two kids and under a new name, Carrie Hopewell. He too later takes on the identity of Lucas Hood after the real Hood gets killed in a bar fight. The show then deals with his feelings for Carrie, his struggles with being a sheriff in a town run by a crime lord named Kai Proctor, and remaining hidden from Rabbit.
Banshee S02 E01-1/10
One of the best new shows from last year is back. This Cinemax original is one of the coolest, hottest and most action packed so to come along in a while and more people should really check it out. Season two picks up where season one ended.
This episode mostly revolves around the punishment that the characters need to face after the shoot-out. This is nice to see and a good way to start off the show. Showing that there are real consequences for some action in Banshee is smart. Most shows have some action sequence and then the next week its business as usual and I know Banshee does this as well but at least this episode covered everything about last season.
I often wondered last season how long they could keep this show up with the same premise. Sooner or later Hood is going to be found out and then what? Well that question was in some ways brought up in this episode when Sugar asked Hood what he’s still around for? Carrie has been found out and she doesn’t seem to be willing to move away with him and if they did would the show still be called Banshee even if they are no longer in Banshee? Either way I really liked this episode it was slow and there wasn’t much action but it’s nice to just watch this show again. 7 out of 10.
- Antony Starr as Lucas Hood
- Ivana Miličević as Anastasia / Carrie Hopewell
- Ulrich Thomsen as Kai Proctor
- Frankie Faison as Sugar Bates
- Hoon Lee as Job
- Rus Blackwell as Gordon Hopewell
- Matt Servitto as Brock Lotus
- Demetrius Grosse as Emmett Yawners
- Trieste Kelly Dunn as Siobhan Kelly
- Ryann Shane as Deva Hopewell
- Lili Simmons as Rebecca Bowman
- Ben Cross as Rabbit
- Anthony Ruivivar as Alex Longshadow:
Episode two brought the show back to what it does best and that’s a straight up action filled, pulp novel, dramatic series. I like where the Carrie story is going as it will be interesting how she will act around Hood after coming out of jail. She never really seemed to respond to the fact that Hood spent 15 years in prison for her. Maybe now she will have a better understanding. Hood having to take her was emotional as it brought back a lot of memories for him and the thought of Carrie being in there was tough but as she has shown, she is more than capable of handling it.
It was surprising to see a little bit of Trieste back story as she has always come off as a cool, kickass woman who doesn’t that crap from no one. Showing that she was once married to an abusive and alcoholic man was very disturbing because her character is so well liked. This adds another dimension to Trieste that she didn’t have before and went to show again why she’s so kickass. The last image of Hood holding the bloodied bible and laughing was cool and reminds me why I like this show so much. 8 out of 10.
Helix revolves around a group of scientist from the CDC lead by Dr. Alan Farragut. He and his team have been tasked with going to a private underground research facility in the Arctic. They are brought in to help stop the outbreak of a potentially deadly new virus. Things are made more complicated by the fact that the only survivor to the virus is Alan's brother Peter.
I went into Helix’s two hour primer not really expecting much. Syfy isn’t really known for quality shows. I am a big fan of Eureka but other than that I have never really watched a syfy show. So I’m glad to write that Helix turned out to be surprisingly good. The primes is simply a team of CDC scientist go down to an underground research facility in the artic to try and help contain an outbreak. The drama is added by making the lead scientist Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) going in to save the only known survivor of the outbreak, His brother Peter Farragut (Neil Napier) who he hasn’t spoken to in years.
But that’s not what makes the show good it’s the premise and the potential that the show has. This if done right could go down as one of the best sci-fi shows ever. The two primer episodes had some rocky parts but it was still entertaining enough to hold my interested and make me want to see the show progress.
The show ended with a great cliff hanger that has already made me wanting to see the third episode right away. 7 out of 10.
This is really shaping up to be a great show. Most of the characters haven’t been fleshed out yet but that’s okay as the danger of the mutated genes is starting to be realized. This episode mostly dealt with trying to find a way to figure out who is effected and who isn’t. I like the ending as it added another great cliff hanger and did its job setting up next week’s episode.
I like Campbell distraught at the thought of having to kill. It shows that he is the beacon of sanity that will most likely hold this show together as it moves forward. Hiroshi Hatake has really made any real impact yet. He showed that he is one of the infected but that’s it. I haven’t really gotten a vibe from him yet. 7 out of 10.
The story follows Det. Rustin "Rust" Cohle and Det. Martin Hart as they walk another pair of detectives through a case they had in 1995. The case was of a lonely prostitute who was tortured, bound, killed and posed in an almost ritualistic type fashion.
True Detective S01E01-1/12
My favorite show so far this season. It got me right away with that wonderful opening intro. Far from any Home by the Handsome Family Is an amazing song that sets up the tone for what these show is all about. Right off the bat you can tell that this is going to be a slow burner of a show so if that’s not what you are into you are probably best of skipping it.
There is so much dynamic going on already in just one episode between Cohle and Hart. There scenes together are great to watch and Cohle has already become one of the most interesting characters on television this year. Both men have completely different lives so it will be nice to see how they work together to solve the case.
The murder scene was unique. Sure a tortured prostitute in a cult like ritual killing has been done before but this feels fresh because they didn’t focus too much on the killing. It was something that was horrible but the two detective moved on from what was and focused on who did it. It never lingered which I really appreciated. Overall this was a great show and I can’t wait to see the next episode. 8 out of 10.
True Detective S01E02-1/19
This show continues to amaze. This episode was a lot more about the two detectives and their flaws then the murder. Turns out that Cohle has a lot more demons then just his dead daughter. There is a lot that has happened to him that has made him into the person that he is or was. Turns out Hart isn’t as clean cut as he tries to be. Having an affair from his wife is most likely the reason why he is divorced.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about the back and forth between the present and the past at first but now I have started to like it. It shows a completely different view on things that other shows can’t show. I do hope eventually we will get out of the interview room and have Cohle and Hart out on the field again.
The last shot of the burnt out church was eerie and just goes to show that there is a lot more than meets the eye in this case, I currently have no clue how this is going to pan out and I like it. Solid show that everyone should be watching, 9 out of 10.
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