Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff where he continues his criminal activities. His past seems to haunt him by those he betrayed years earlier. This ex-con imposes his own brand of justice where violence erupts at every turn in the not so quiet Amish town, Banshee, Pennsylvania.


“Banshee” opens almost immediately where the first season left off. The FBI is close to uncovering the fake sheriff, but he’s still busy playing sheriff. We have a ton of dead Indians and various criminal doings around town. If that wasn’t bad, the son of the real sheriff shows up in town. How are you going to put that one over on his kid, pal? For those that have seen the second season, don’t spoil it in the comments or social media.

Lucas Hood remains quite intriguing in the second season. While a lot of the material feels like a Longmire knock-off with dirty words, Banshee gets a chance to explore pulpy roots due to the freedom of Cinemax. I love show like this, as very few modern programs take the chance to get real and rough. When they do, it comes across stilted and people feel like they are watching an ironic imitation of a manly original. This show isn’t as good as “Strike Back”, but it doesn’t need to be. “Banshee” succeeds on a level that matters most to fans of premium cable programming. It’s TV that can compete with the cinema.

The DVD comes with featurettes, commentaries, deleted scenes and trailers as the special features. The A/V Quality is typical for standard definition. The transfer is supportive enough. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track gets moments to surround shine. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

RELEASE DATE: 12/30/2014

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