In the latest Banshee recap, a new Federal agent arrives to investigate the serial killings in town and Carrie goes on her latest mission of vigilante justice..
By Michael Stets — Staff Writer
After the first three episodes of Banshee‘s fourth season, most viewers were still forming their own theories as to who the mysterious serial killer roaming the streets of Banshee may actually be, but no one knew with any certainty.
Well, unless you predicted a satanic, cannibalistic cult of psychos led by Declan Bode (Frederick Weller) and his wife Lilith (Jennifer Landon), whose version of “Netflix and chill” is “unsuspecting young female and eat,” you were as cold with your guesses as the rest of us who inaccurately hypothesized.
While it is a bit of a head scratcher as to why they went this route instead of just one killer, it’s definitely a Banshee-esque move. Episode 4 had a super-creepy intro where the darling cannibal couple had dinner and spoke about doing something fun afterward, which led to torturing a poor gagged and bound young women, whom they would eventually slice, dice and dine on with their fellow cult buddies. We now have a pretty good idea of what happened to Rebecca before she was dumped into the woods. Declan is disturbing to look at with odd looking implants in his forehead. They make mention of a “he” being happy with their latest killing. I assume that is the higher power they are seeking approval of.
Looks like Hood, Proctor and Brock are going to have to bring their “A” game to take down this group of human flesh eaters.
Special Agent who deals with violent crimes… and smokes meth
Special Agent Veronica Dawson (Eliza Dushku) has finally arrived and she had a fantastic entrance. Proctor was posting bail and had the keys to the cell to let Hood free (likely enraged at learning he impregnated his dead niece Rebecca) but Brock won’t have it . Those two were screaming and hollering with one another and in steps Dawson with a sarcastic, “Wow, everyone is so angry.”
Dawson ensures Proctor the case of his niece will be given due diligence and he stands down. One of the best scenes of the episode takes place when Dawson interrogates Hood about Rebecca’s death. Dawson offers up a lame bullsh*t story about losing her husband and dealing with grief and Hood calls her out on it and tells her to get to the point. If you watch Banshee Origins you know Hood is well-steeped in interrogation experience. Dawson informs Brock that Hood is not guilty but not to release him just yet as she knows he’ll be after the killer and she wants a head start.
The new agent has a strong presence and saying she is unafraid to flaunt her sexuality is a massive understatement. She delivers every line with doe eyes and deliberately slow speech knowing she will keep the attention on her and likely cause a little extra blood to flow. The surprise was seeing her kick out a few random tweakers in an abandoned building only to grab the light bulb pipe they left behind and take a few tokes.
Last week we learned there is a man above Calvin Bunker who runs the Neo-Nazis brain trust from jail, Randal Watts. It seems Watts was getting shut down every time he stepped before the parole board (six times) and he ripped into all of them in his latest sit down. However, he was given some help from Proctor’s right hand man, Clay, who happened to be in the back seat of Commissioner Ted Smith’s car when he was leaving work.
What do you know, the intimidation worked and Watts is now a free man. Where does he go first? To the house of Calvin Bunker, who looks anything but excited to see him. This could really put a wrench in the plans of Bunker, who was readying for a well-timed strike against Proctor. Watts later sings a German nursery rhyme to Bunker’s son in a scene that was actually much creepier than the new cannibals sacrificing their latest victim.
Hood is Finally Free
The former Sheriff is finally released from the holding cell at the Banshee Police Department not only because Special Agent Dawson doesn’t believe he murdered Rebecca Bowman, but another body has turned up on the edge of town. The latest victim fits the exact same description as other three young women who were discovered dead, her chest was ripped open and heart taken out in the same fashion. A young boy was the one who saw people dumping her body in the woods, but he wouldn’t say much to police. Former Banshee Deputy Billy Raven makes a brief appearance and he is now the Sheriff of the Kinaho Police Department.
When gets released from the holding cell, Dawson is waiting for him and offers him a ride back to his cabin. Hood involved with the new hot chic in town? Where have I seen this before? I expect some type of sparks between these two before all is said and done. Speaking of romance, it was revealed through a flashback that Hood and Rebecca did in fact, have sex up at the cabin, which was initiated by Rebecca while tending to Hood’s wounds.
Vigilante Turned Arsonist
Carrie pays Bunker a visit and the Deputy hands over the whereabouts of Proctor’s meth lab location, but unbeknownst to him is run by his brother’s crew of Neo-Nazis. Rebecca calls Kurt to tell him about and he is incredulous when he hears the news. Deputy Cruz has been keeping tabs on Bunker’s conversations with Carrie, as they both haven’t exactly been discrete about meeting up with one another. Carrie heads to the warehouse, but Job–who is dealing with severe PTSD–insists he goes with her to provide back up.
Carrie heads in wielding a flame thrower and begins torching the place. Of course, she gets attacked by several of the Neo-Nazi henchmen in a fun-filled scene where we see the action and fight sequences in silhouette form. The place begins to incinerate and with each explosion it cuts to Job having flash backs to his imprisonment and noise and light torture he had to endure. Very clever editing throughout this scene to drive that point home while Carrie was throwing caution to the wind to satiate her appetite for distraction from the grief of losing her husband and custody of her two children.
Rebecca Is the One who Knocks
In a flashback scene we see how Rebecca’s relationship with her uncle began to unravel due to her anger and impatience of not being given more power and responsibility. Proctor shows her the new warehouse he’s purchased to expand the meth selling business, but she does not react kindly to being told the Neo-Nazis and Calvin Bunker will be running things. Rebecca refuses to hear Proctor try to tell her it’s the best move for him to provide him insulation now that he is mayor and he has bigger plans for her. When he says it’s too dangerous for her, she screams back at him “I’m fucking dangerous. You have no idea how dangerous I am.” After hearing how Lili Simmons delivered that line, I thought of Bryan Cranston’s character Walter White from Breaking Bad and his iconic line, “I’m the one who knocks.”
Okay Fanshees, only four episodes left and there is plenty to ponder until Episode 5.
Watts entering the fray will muddy the waters of Calvin Bunker’s plan to attack Proctor and things are going to escalate quick once the Mayor sees his meth lab has been reduced to ash. Let’s not forget Proctor will not take the fact that Hood impregnated his niece lightly either. Will Dawson enlist Hood’s services to try and catch the cannibal cult, or for her pleasure under the sheets? Damon and myself will discuss these very topics and more on this week’s “Television’s Most Wanted.”
“The life you are choosing to lead, it only ends one way.”-Hood
“You finally got to visit me in jail.”-Hood
“Wow, everybody is so angry.”-Special Agent Veronica Dawson
“What a fun group.”-Special Agent Veronica Dawson
“I’m f***ing dangerous!”–Rebecca
“Nope it’s the worst mother f***ing idea ever.”-Job
“And you f**k your momma Larry.”–Watts
“I think innocent might be a bit of a stretch don’t you think”-Dawson