Banshee: Season 2 (2014)

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Season 2
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A thrill ride of sex, violence, and compelling narrative, season two of Banshee does not disappoint.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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User Ratings: 318

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Air date: Jan 10, 2014

In the Season 2 premiere, an FBI special agent investigates the vicious shootout involving Rabbit and Lucas, and metes out his own brand of justice. Meanwhile, Proctor tries to persuade Rebecca that he should be the one taking care of her; Deva gets caught shoplifting at a mall; and a seemingly simple armored-car robbery takes a dangerous turn when a mysterious motorcyclist joins the pursuit.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2014

Alex sends a message to Proctor, while Siobhan receives a blast from the past.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2014

A horrific murder triggers problems between the Amish and the Kinaho tribe, and necessitates that Proctor play peacekeeper; and when Hood and his deputies investigate the crime, which occurred on Kinaho land, they must deal with unruly gang members and their commanding leader.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2014

A tip in the murder case leads Lucas to question a tough Amish schoolteacher who may have some info on the killing, while the transfer of gang leader Chayton Littlestone causes problems. Later, Rebecca deals with being rejected by her parents; and Alex receives a peace offering from Proctor.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2014

Hood and Ana take a post-prison detour, while Agent Racine needs help bringing down Rabbit.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Hood intervenes when a group of gangsters blow into town looking to recover a debt from young Jason.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2014

Battle lines are drawn when Hood and Proctor collide over Jason's murder. Ana, meanwhile, returns to her criminal ways.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2014

Hood steps up his vendetta against Proctor, and Emmett is pushed to the edge.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2014

While in New York, Job visits a priest with a connection to Rabbit; another revelation tests Carrie and Gordon's relationship; Burton takes care of a traitor, but another one gives him the slip. Meanwhile, Alex admits to having evidence against Proctor; Emmett moves on as Brock makes a move of his own; Lucas and Carrie have a showdown with an NYPD captain with ties to their past.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2014

Season two draws to a close with a reunion between Hood, Ana and Rabbit. Contains very strong language, strong violence and sexual scenes.

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Tv Season Info

In season 2 an ex-con who assumes the identity of a lawman named Lucas Hood. An FBI special agent who opens an investigation for the shootout between Hood and Czar Rabbit. Carrie, tries to patch up things with husband Gordon, and daughter. A horrific murder triggers problem between the Amish community and the Kinaho tribe. During the investigation, Lucas and his deputies confront gang of Kinaho bikers. Proctor takes matters into his own hands and delivers a peace offering to the Kinaho in hopes of cooling off the hostilities between the two groups. Lucas and Carrie head to New York, for a final showdown with Rabbit.

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Critic Reviews for Banshee Season 2

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

This is pulp television at its best, a fast, furious blast of over-the-top plotlines, scenery-chewing villains and tightly shot action scenes.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite all of its chaos, there's something more to Banshee than being mindless and random violence.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

New complications mix with old ones to create a rich and often difficult tapestry of problems for the town and Hood, with once again engaging results.

Jan 6, 2015 | Full Review…

My affection for this show grows as it pummels its way into a taut, enjoyable second season.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

If Banshee's first season, at its best, was a gleeful binge on pop storytelling at its most disreputable, the second season feels like the hangover.

Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

As a whole, Banshee's second season marks an impressive step forward for the series.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It left me wanting more -- more backstory, more mythology, more answers.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This Cinemax series knows it's crazy. It delights in its trashiness, its pulpiness. There's lots of crazy violence. There's lots of crazy sex. There are lots of crazy gunfights. The actors... are crazy hot.

Jan 15, 2014 | Full Review…

This first episode of season two doesn't disappoint.

Jan 13, 2014 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

If, amidst all the fisticuffs, high-speed robberies, and squirrel crushing Banshee can discover and show the audience what it is about these characters that makes them want to choose one life over the other, then season 2 might just top the first.

Jan 13, 2014 | Full Review…

The beauty of Banshee comes from its compelling storytelling but also from its layered and complex characters, each of them continually being fleshed out.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

While the premiere is a little too weighed down by table clearing and setting to deliver the show's usual volume of titillation and fireworks, what is present provides a good reminder of what it is that Banshee does best

Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Banshee: Season 2

  • Mar 30, 2015
    This season was more of the same and not of the good kind. The whole Mr. Rabbit ordeal should've been solved on S01 and we're treading on the same ground here as far as our protagonists go. Still, the villains get some more screen time with mixed results. The annoying flash back montage is here too, the silly romance too; only the nuttiness of the fight scenes and action set pieces is still top notch.
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  • 5d ago
    It's been some time since I watched it, but I've still got a faint but clear light of memory that this was very entertaining, brutal and packed with exciting characters. It gets better with every season!
  • Jun 14, 2020
    In my opinion not quite as good as season 1 but definitely has its moments...and set up for a brilliant finale and a great cliffhanger for season 3
  • Jul 26, 2019
    This show continues its endless assault and i love it!
  • Jan 12, 2019
    Loved the show. Hope it will be back sometime in the future. Hood is a great character with a lot of potential diversity in what the character arc and plot could be year in and year out. They could have retired the Carrie and Sugar characters and had Job and Hood go off and create there own show.
  • Dec 29, 2017
    edit note: Originally this was just for season 1, but season 2 is pretty much the same so I will use it for both. I honestly don't know where I stand on this show. I do like part of it, but it can be problematic in other areas so its hard to get a solid feeling. Let's be honest, this show is a male power fantasy. An ex-con who is a badass prison fighter takes the identity of a sheriff in order to put himself near his old girlfriend and get her to come back to him... after fifteen years. With an Ukrainian mob boss coming after them. The premise is an old one, but they have some twists in it I like (such as the characters Sugar and Job). The main character "Hood" sleeps with almost everyone (spoiler alert, by season 2 it becomes all). The first season doesn't pass the Bechdel test easily. All three women characters (Rebecca, the Amish/bad girl, Ana the ex-girlfriend and Siobhan the deputy) revolve around Hood and I don't recall in the first season them talking to each other. The only break in the Bechdel test is Ana and her daughter talking, but not sure if that satisfies it for me enough. I do have to say with this being a Cinemax production that there is a lot of sex that goes with the violence (I think on per episode is the formula). I am surprised though, only one time did it show a woman trying to perform oral sex on the guy and he kind of pushes the woman away, then multiple times it showed a man going down on a woman. That was a very pleasant surprise. Most male power fantasies never show positive sexual interactions for women, but this show does do that. Other than that, there are some bad ideas... No you aren't automatically a badass because you are a good prison fighter. Yes, they should eventually figure out you aren't who you say you are. Oh, and the absolute worst was Ana trying to push away Hood constantly and being fairly horrible to him after he saved her daughter multiple times. The most negative aspect is the constant attempted sexual assault on women. They don't ever get away with it, the women (or someone else) usually stops it and gives the assaulters their just desserts. The problem is that its constant and is something the writers reach for every time they want a stressful event for a woman. Bad writing. Pros: Interesting  story, acting isn't too bad and the sex scenes are fairly good for a power fantasy. Cons: Constant use of attempted rape as an event. Lazy writing and too much unbelievableness. Given all that, I still will watch second season, but from the first episode I am not sure if I will be this generous next review.
  • Jun 26, 2016
    Binge watch on Amazon Prime Video. If you don't already love the show you will by the end of Season 2
  • Jun 14, 2016
    So happy to see the show not dip off after the first season. Banshee continues to thrill, amaze and wow the audience with every episode.
  • Mar 16, 2016
    The first few episodes of Season 1 were mediocre, to say the least. All style, no substance. Every episode just seemed like a bunch of massive fights, strung together by random events. There was no real plot to speak of and the characters were all quite one-dimensional. Worst of all was the performance by lead actor Antony Starr, whose wooden action hero dialogue and antics were incredibly predicable and irritating. However, from a point in Season 1, probably around Episode 5 or 6, things start to take shape. A plot develops, and its a very good one. The characters gain some depth. Instead of black and white we have shades of grey. The unnecessary action is reduced somewhat and the drama increased. Direction and editing become more sophisticated: we have flashbacks, time jumps (sometimes back and forth spanning a few minutes, split screen shots, use of different colours to signify different times or places, use of teasers at the end of episodes. Antony Starr's performance also improves. His character becomes more nuanced and he rises to this challenge. It's hardly Brandoesque but his performance is solid, and far from the irritation it was. Even the outro improves, using a different song each episode, a song with a message relevant to the episode (much like The Sopranos did). It's as if the creators and writers needed a few episodes to find their feet and figure out where they were going to go with the series. Once they did, the show went from mediocre to great. Season 2 continues that good work.
  • Jan 09, 2015
    Fantastic action and writing. Character development is sincere and well thought out.

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