In the latest Banshee recap, Hood takes a trip to the Kinaho Reservation, Chayton sends the Redbones after Proctor and Carrie befriends Nola Longshadow…
By Michael Stets — Staff Writer
Banshee got the ball rolling with the first episode of Season three last week and set the table with a few of the new story lines to take place inside the Amish Pennsylvania town. We were introduced to the town’s newest antagonist, Colonel Douglas Stowe, a Black-Ops mercenary who is hiding under the guise of Camp Genoa on the outskirts of town and we were reacquainted with “big bad” Chayton Littlestone and introduced to his rising threat level.
Littlestone, and his hangers on, the Redbones gang, hijacked a few of the armored vehicles from Genoa, thus, arming the Redbones gang to the teeth and increasing their level of imminent danger. They, of course, are out for vengeance because of Kinaho Chief, Alex Longshadow’s murder and they suspect Kai Proctor is the one behind it.
“Snakes and What Not,” the newest episode of Banshee, took the next step in the progression of those shorelines and added a couple of interesting twists, a threesome and a home invasion for viewers to digest this week. Banshee is always a very tangled web and this episode was a clear reminder of that fact. Lead character, Hood, has taken a back seat so far and the writers are really flushing out the depths of the other characters. His presence is still strong though and the show has not lost balance either.
“You all be careful down there. You know, snakes and what not.”–Sugar tells Hood and Carrie
Carrie takes a drag out of her cigarette outside of the Miles Diner, before she heads in to work her morning shift and Colonel Stowe is sitting at the counter when she walks inside.
Carrie is sleeping with Stowe as she is going through a divorce with DA Gordon Hopewell, which will surely complicate matters later on down the road. Like, when her, Hood, Sugar and Job attempt to rob the decommissioned army base that is filled with millions of dollars worth of untraceable cash, which Stowe oversees.
Stowe follows Carrie into the back and puts her up against the wall, before pulling down her pants enough to start going down on her. He stops after a few seconds and tells her he will see her later before walking out of the diner. Banshee always finds a way to ratchet up the sex scenes, and in the diner no less. Langley Kirkwood has brought forth a very convincing performance as the creepy and mysterious Stowe.
Hood and Siobhan encounter a former white supremacist , Kurt Bunker, outside the Cadi, who is applying for the Deputy position. Hood tells him it is filled–which it is–and asks him about his former associates. Something tells me this will come in to play later on down the road this season.
Proctor is at his Meat Warehouse, which is back up and running after a three-week hiatus. He is joined by Clay Burton and his niece Rebecca and he is having a meeting with a fellow meat supplier who has temporarily been supplying his former customer base during the companies’ absence. The supplier’s son gets out of line and Rebecca pulls a gun out from under her dress and knee caps him. This leads to her Uncle and Clay taking out the other two men, leaving the man she shot laying on the ground and writhing in pain. Proctor tells her to finish what she started. She walks over and looks back at her uncle before killing the man.
Rebecca is still testing what she can and cannot do and seems to be caught between curious and devious. She kind of likes to see what will happen, even though it may be a bad idea or outcome. She is staring to find pleasure in the power she can wield as one of her uncle’s assistants and she is completely unstable, unpredictable and highly dangerous to others as well as her uncle.
Banshee has a fantastic way of letting you in on how a character is feeling by the choice of music to set the mood and jump-cut editing to show some of the emotion that dwells beneath the skin of who the scene is featuring.
In this episode, it is Gordon Hopewell we see sitting at his desk, struggling with the thoughts in his mind. The ADA Alison Medding comes in to tell him about Proctor seeking a plea deal for a gun possession misdemeanor, in exchange for time served. Hopewell and Medding argue about the deal and he tells her to take it because he is tired of fighting battles he cannot win. For Hopewell it also is implying the battle he is losing with keeping his family intact, his impending divorce and disconnect with his daughter Deva, who is really Hood’s.
Hopewell doesn’t do himself any favors later on in the episode when Medding stops by his new apartment with paperwork for him to sign. He makes a drunken pass at her and she leaves telling him she has too much respect to see him embarrass himself.
Meanwhile, at The Forge, Hood and the crew are having a round table about how they will go about robbing the army base. Job gets the background info on Stowe and tells the gang that he served tours in Beirut, Haiti before going rouge and handling Black-Op missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. As this conversation goes on, Carrie–who we learn has been let in on the planned robbery– is noticeably squirming in her seat as Stowe is her current side piece.
“Bad enough you guys got to rob a military base but, now we got to worry about all these motherf***in Rambos killing our asses.”–Job tells Hood
Proctor returns to his former home on the Amish side of town, where he is always unwelcome. He is there to see his sick mother, who is bed ridden. Against his father’s wishes, he removes her from the home and takes her to a hospital for proper care. He learns she is dying from advanced pancreatic cancer and she has about a month to live. He moves her in to his home so she can live out her last days with the comfort of Hospice care.
Carrie meets up with Stowe at the hotel for their usual tryst and as they start to fool around, she stops him and tells him they can no longer go on seeing each other. She obviously doesn’t want to mix business and pleasure now that she will be taking part in a major robbery that involves stealing from him.
As she gets in her car, Hood is in the back seat. He tells her she cannot be part of the job if she is involved with the target of the robbery. She gives him attitude and tells him who she sleeps with is none of his business, but that she broke it off and will be ready. Hood asks her if he should be concerned, but not about the job, about her. Carrie is definitely a wildcard so far and her anger and unhappiness is bubbling right below the surface and comes out with whoever she talks to.
Nola Longshadow pays Chayton a visit at his new camp that is set up deep in the woods on the reservation. The Redbones leader tells her not to get in his way, but she lets it be known she is out for vengeance too, because Alex was her brother and she is not going to ask for his permission to take action against Banshee’s leading criminal.
“Alex is dead because he underestimated Proctor.”-Nola tells Chayton
Two Redbones gang members are summoned by Chayton to get Proctor and Rebecca and bring them back to the reservation. The masked invaders attack Rebecca, but she fights back with a firepower long enough for Clay to come to her aid and he takes out both of the men. While that is going on Chayton is involved in a threesome with tattooed women, body painting and other Native American fair. His character is truly the stuff of villain legend and Geno Seggers plays it up superbly.
Speaking of villains, Colonel Stowe sits down with one of his subordinates who he caught trying to steal money from him. He viciously beats the accused up and stomps him unconscious before telling the other mercenaries to throw him in the brig.
The BPD get the call for the home invasion gone awry at Proctor’s house and we see Brock back at his ex-wife Emily’s house, where he has to leave her to go to the scene. She gets angry at him and reminds him that is the reasons they got divorced in the first place, he was always leaving her for work.
Hood gets the call from Brock about the D.O.A at Proctor’s house. But, he is in a tunnel with Carrie underneath Camp Genoa, casing the big job they are planning, with Sugar and Job communicating with them from The Forge. He heads to Proctor’s house and has words with him, telling him he is responsible for this because he took out Alex Longshadow.
Hood tells new Deputy Raymond, to take him up to the Kinaho reservation so he can start pressing some of the Redbones for information. Raymond used to work for the Kinaho Police Department and live on the reservation, so he knows his way around. After a fight breaks out, they are greeted by Deputy Aimee King (Meaghan Rath) who let’s it be known that they should not be on the Kinaho Reservation. Hood and Raymond meet with the Kinaho Police Chief and inform him of the Redbones hijacking the armored vehicle and having possession of AK-47s and M-4s. The chief tells them he can’t help them, doesn’t know where Littlestone is and warns them both to stay off the reservation or he will inform Internal Affairs.
“Do I look like someone who knows what’s good for him?”–Hood asks Kinaho Deputy King
The Hospice nurse arrives at Proctor’s house. It is none other than Emily Lotus, Brock’s ex-wife. An the plot thickens. When Brock, who has always wanted to take down Proctor, gets a hold of the information that his ex-wife will be living with in Proctor’s house for the next month, his head will likely explode.
Falling in the category of “I did not see that coming,” Carrie is closing up the Miles Diner at night and she is by herself. Three men come in, one of which she beat up last episode after he grabbed her ass. Nola Longshadow strolls in and drops the dude after he mouths off and sits down at the counter to have an apple pie. The two girls begin to bond as they each know who the other one is. They talk about guns over a glass of scotch. Where this budding relationship leads is anybody’s guess. The two baddest women in Banshee could definitely be a force to be reckoned with.
Deva drops by Hood’s apartment unannounced. Hood is taken back by the surprise visit and tells Deva that she should be in school. Hood reminds her that Gordon raised her and he is her father. Deva storms off. Not a minute later, Hood gets a knock on the door and he answers to guns pointed in his face.
We only hear the guns, but we do not see who is on the other side of them. It could be the Redbones. Or, someone from Stowe’s crew may have gotten the drop on Hood when they were casing Camp Genoa. After two episodes, things are starting to heat up in Banshee and more violence is headed its way.
The post-credits scene features Colonel Stowe eating his breakfast with a far-out expression. He walks away from the table to reveal he is completely nude. Very reminiscent of William Sadler’s character Colonel Stuart in Die Hard 2.
The song playing in the credits is “Energy” by Sweet Bump it
The song playing when Proctor moves his mother into his house and Hood drives with Deputy Raymond to the Kinaho Reservation is “Ejecta” by Death Vessel.