Season 1, Episode 6: “Wicks”
Directed by Ole Christian Madsen
Written by David Schickler & Jonathan Tropper
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We begin this episode back with Hood (Antony Starr) in jail. Not an easy time for anyone, but especially not for a guy who’s crossed Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross). After whisking Ana a.k.a Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) away with him, supposedly turning her against him, Rabbit is not happy with his almost son-in-law. The worst is yet to come for Hood, as Rabbit’s got plenty planned for him: “You will not die. You will suffer. You will know fear and pain and despair every single day you are in here. This much I promise you.” This involves a large man, the Albino (Joseph Gatt), a terrifying figure who Rabbit uses to inflict all those things he mentioned on Hood. And there’s no end in sight.
Not only does this opening show us how tough life got for Hood, it’s a testament to why he’s so hardened now. Why he can take the fight to people, instantly, almost without any worry whatsoever. Because Rabbit put him through hell, and somehow he survived. Well, this episode shows us some of that and we’re able to get a better grasp on Hood, his character gets a little fleshed out, more and more.
In Banshee, an ex-con named Wicks (Michael Kostroff) arrives. Straight off the bus he spies Sheriff Lucas Hood across the street, which surprises him good. It was only a matter of time before that old life of Hood’s crossed over into the new one.
Meanwhile, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) is talking with Chief Benjamin Longshadow (Russell Means) about his whole murder trial ordeal. Of course the tribe worries about being involved with a man like Kai, but he and Benjamin have a good relationship. Kai only worries about the son, the successor Alex (Anthony Ruivivar). He also lays out for Benjamin what will happen if Alex crosses him down the road: “It won‘t be good for the tribe,” explains Proctor. At the same time he has business to take care of, getting the Reverend Arthur Ramsey (William Haze) to sell his land.
Down at the Cadi, ex-con Wicks turns up in a cell, telling Deputy Brock Lotus (Matt Servitto) he knows Hood. Uh oh. So off goes Hood. He and Wicks meet again, though the former tries playing it all off. But Hood, he remembers. Very well. They met while Hood was laying up in prison hospital. “You‘re his property,” Wicks explains to Hood re: the Albino. It’s either give the creepy bastard sex, or take a beating, shaking, maybe worse, day by day until he’s either dead, or his 15 years are served. That’s a brutal prospect. Back in the present, Hood tries to shake Wicks, but the crafty lifetime con is not willing to be shook.
We’re given a look at the relationship between Hoods and Wicks in jail; the latter’s like Morgan Freeman’s character from Shawshank. Likewise, we learn more of the Albino – he’s brutal, he’s gay and likes beautiful young men, such as Billy B (Michael Roark). So Hood ends up getting this young dude to bring him to see the Albino. This guy is downright awful. He’s just so jacked and big combined with those red, eerie eyes, the look is actually scary. And it’s even scarier watching Hood on the brink of death in this guy’s presence. Especially when threatening Hood with forcible oral sex. There’s a request from Rabbit for a “piece” of Hood to prove the Albino is doing his job.
So afterwards, Hood lays a merciless stabbing on Billy B, right in the mouth. Not only ruins the Albino’s plaything, he gets 30 days in the hole. But in the present, Wicks’ insistence on being around only troubles Hood, having to remember those days, going back to likely the most painful experiences of his life. He sends Wicks off with a bus ticket to wherever, trying to put it in his rear-view.