The Cinemax series “Banshee” stars New Zealand native Antony Starr as just-released ex-con and master thief Lucas Hood who is given the opportunity to become someone else due to circumstances involving the death of the new sheriff of Banshee, Pa. upon his arrival to the town.
Hood has journeyed to Banshee to track down his former love/ partner in crime and finds she has taken on a new identity herself as Carrie Hopewell, the wife of Banshee’s district attorney Gordon Hopewell (Rus Blackwell, “Burn Notice”).
Carrie (Ivana Milicevic (“Charlie’s Angels”) is surprised to encounter Lucas as the new Banshee sheriff and worries that he’ll lead Rabbit (Ben Cross, “Star Trek”), the Ukrainian gangster they worked for and stole from, to Banshee since he’s been after them for 15 years.
Add to the mix the former boxer/ex-con bar owner Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison, “The Good Wife”) who befriends Lucas; deadly transvestite computer hacker Job (Hoon Lee, “Premium Rush”) who helps Lucas in his criminal endeavors; Deva Hopewell (Ryann Shane, “Blue Bloods”), Carrie and Gordon’s ultra-rebellious teen daughter; and wealthy, menacing and powerful Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen, “The Thing”) who pretty much runs this small Amish town however he sees fit, and you have a pretty fascinating series to become engrossed in.
“Banshee,” executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi, “True Blood’s” Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes, is an action series with the right combination of solid acting and writing (scripts were conceived and written by Tropper and Schickler) that should please fans of the premium movie channel series genre.
“Banshee” premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 on Cinemax.
– Melissa Hayer
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