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Old 02-06-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Default New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

Has anyone watched either of these?

The American's just premiered last week on FX, and I missed it. I remember liking the advertising, and thinking it was an interesting idea, so I recorded it late last night and intend to watch it tonight when I get home from work.

I spoke to a couple people about it, and one is very excited after the pilot, while the other is very hopefull, but is afraid it could get too convoluted for his taste, but he intends to watch at least a couple more episodes.

It's about a couple of Russian Spies living in the US in the early 80s, toward the tail end of the cold war.


Banshee is Cinemax's foray into the prestige cable series business. With things like Hulu and Netflix, shows like this are really the only shot these pay cable networks have of keeping their subscribers.

Anyway, it's produced by Alan Ball, the guy behind True Blood. It's about a master thief who's spent 15 years in prison for a diamond heist he did without his mobster boss' permission. He's tracking down his former partner/girlfriend/boss' daughter, who's living under an assumed name, married to a local DA, in a small Pennsylvania town called Banshee, that's is home to a Dutch Amish comunity.
The thief shows up, goes into a small bar, where the new local sheriff happens in. The old one died, and the town's new wunderkid mayor decided to hire from outside, because the entire town is corrupt. A couple local jagoffs come in to rob the place, and the sheriff is killed, and the thief helps the bar owner clean things up, and decides to take the sheriff's identity, with the help of his other former partner, a computer hacking transvestite asian guy named Jobe. (Bear with it)
The town is run by a former Amish guy, who is apparently in charge of every criminal operation in the town.
It reminds me a lot of road house in it's big corrupt town structure. It's aired five episodes so far, which I knew nothing about, but it got a big ad push over Super Bowl week, and I caught up on all of them over the weekend.

It is without question, completely rediculous in it's premise. But if you can stomach the setup, it becomes pretty interesting. It's a nice unfolding of this landscape. A lot of secrets, meaning the characters can kind of unfold for you as you watch. And a broad community, so the town can keep surprising you. It's quality is certainly not on the HBO level, but it's being done well enough. And it's extremely graphic in both it's sexuality and violence, if that's a help.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

Thinking about watching The Americans, but I hate long episodes..
Which one would you recommend?
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

The Americans looks like it could work. It could also crash and burn. The idea is solid, I'm not sold on the writing yet but I'm willing to give it some time to play out
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

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Thinking about watching The Americans, but I hate long episodes..
Which one would you recommend?


I haven't watched The Americans yet. I'm gonna try to watch the pilot tonight.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:36 PM   #5
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

The Americans was pretty good. I feel like they're trying to capitalize on Homeland's success, but I'll definitely be watching Season 1.

You really can't go wrong with a drama on FX. Shit, any TV show on FX for that matter.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #6
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

The Americans was pretty good. I feel like they're trying to capitalize on Homeland's success, but I'll definitely be watching Season 1.

It has a solid premise....except one thing bothers me. I don't feel like the 2 lead characters are truly Soviet spies. Know what I mean? It's like, I know they're actors. I mean, it's Felicity for pete's sake.... They don't look Russian, they don't speak Russian (that's explained, of course), and even the flashbacks scenes in Russia...they STILL don't speak Russian. I mean, c'mon....are they so afraid the masses won't take to a few scenes in Russian with subtitles? Then I would feel they truly work for the KGB....

That's the only problem in the pilot. Otherwise, solidly done, and willing to watch more.
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

Anybody see the latest episode of 'Banshee'? When Hood threw the fat dude under the tractor trailer
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

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Anybody see the latest episode of 'Banshee'? When Hood threw the fat dude under the tractor trailer

the fight scene with nola and burton was ridiculous
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

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the fight scene with nola and burton was ridiculous
lol i almost forgot about him ripping her throat out.
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

The Americans is good. Season 3 is premiering soon.

Banshee is OK but a lot of it is pretty ridiculous.
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Old 01-25-2015, 12:02 PM   #11
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The Americans is very underrated.
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

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The Americans was pretty good. I feel like they're trying to capitalize on Homeland's success, but I'll definitely be watching Season 1.

It has a solid premise....except one thing bothers me. I don't feel like the 2 lead characters are truly Soviet spies. Know what I mean? It's like, I know they're actors. I mean, it's Felicity for pete's sake.... They don't look Russian, they don't speak Russian (that's explained, of course), and even the flashbacks scenes in Russia...they STILL don't speak Russian. I mean, c'mon....are they so afraid the masses won't take to a few scenes in Russian with subtitles? Then I would feel they truly work for the KGB....

That's the only problem in the pilot. Otherwise, solidly done, and willing to watch more.
The Americans is way better than the actual few seasons of Homeland.
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Default Re: New Shows: Banshee / The Americans

Turns out after making this two years ago, I love both of these shows. The Americans may be the smartest most grounded show of it's type on television, and adding the dated era specific history stuff is a great touch. And all the characters are smart and have some depth behind them.

Banshee is sort of the opposite of all that. But the reason it works is because it's self aware. It's practically winking at the audience before they throw the fat guy out of the truck and splatter the screen with old school practical effect blood. A character who didn't exist until he showed up on screen at that. It's all eye candy and preposterous set pieces, but it works, precisely because it knows what it is.
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