Banshee – Season 2, Episode 8: “Evil for Evil”

Cinemax’s Banshee
Season 2, Episode 8: “Evil for Evil”
Directed by Loni Peristere
Written by Doug Jung

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Ways to Bury a Man” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “Homecoming” – click here
Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 11.25.17 PM Hood (Antony Starr) bumps into Job (Hoon Lee) and Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) on a bust they’re doing. He lets them go. Quickly, Deputies Lotus (Matt Servitto) and Yawners (Demetrius Grosse) find him. He says nobody passed, they doubled back. But now Brock is starting to wonder even more: is this new sheriff all he says?
Hood seems like an entirely different person than he claims. Could the mask be slipping? And how long is he safe from any other scrutiny?
Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 11.25.53 PM At the bar, Sugar (Frankie Faison) watches as the gang kind of falls apart. Not really, but they argue a good deal. Such a small amount Hood sees as a risk. It’s only distance Carrie is trying to put between them. She’s trying not to fall back into their relationship, trying her best to stay away.
Meanwhile, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) is trying to work out his percentage of profits with Alex Longshadow (Anthony Ruivivar). Certainly they’ve got a tenuous relationship with one another. But Kai has worse things to take care of, worried about who recently blew the hell out of his warehouse. His niece Rebecca (Lili Simmons) is becoming further engrained in the business, even if Clay Burton (Matthew Rauch) doesn’t seem to approve much. Even further, all the meat at the slaughterhouse went bad. Their power shut down over the weekend. Hacked. Ah-ha!
We have to worry more, day by day, when Siobhan (Trieste Kelly Dunn) is getting closer to Hood. He stays slightly at arm’s length, sneaking out in the morning before she wakes up. But they get closer, still. Yet Hood has things on his mind, all the same. He and Proctor have a bit of a talk at Sugar’s bar. A little delusion sneaks out of Hood, as he tells Kai: “Im a cop, and youre a criminal.” Interesting twist to see him start believing in his new identity, rather than simply inhabiting it for a while. At the same time, the two of them are out trying to get more information out of the woman informing on Kai, though she’s scared to death of repercussion.
Emmett and his wife Meg (Stephanie Northrup) have lunch together at a diner. Across the way is one of the Nazis he encountered last episode. I worry, as Meg is pregnant, and the one Nazi appears intent on having “some fun” at the couple’s expense. They trouble her on the sidewalk. When she slaps one of them, he punches her. And while on the ground her stomach gets kicked by one of the others. Absolutely god damn savage. This is going to lead Emmett towards some revenge. I can feel it.
Hood finds his way into Proctor’s basement. In the wine cellar, he finds a secret little room. Where Kai keeps his antiques, weapons, all kinds of interesting things. Claims the informant as confidential later for Alison Medding (Afton Williamson).
The Nazis are in lock-up now. Talking their brand of bullshit. But the BPD make their way to Proctor’s residence with a fresh, pretty search warrant. Hood knows right where to go. Right to all the goodies, and this pisses Kai off. Bad.
Back at the station, Brock starts figuring out that Siobhan and Hood are sleeping together. Although she isn’t so happy to talk about it, as well as the fact she’s starting to get curious about Hood. How he does things, who he is underneath that mask he so clearly wears with everybody.

Kai is laying down orders now to Clay Burton (Matthew Rauch): kill the confidential informant. Oh, man. Cold as ice.
Back to Emmett and Meg. He’s now decided to take things into his own hands.
On top of everything else, Hood finds links between Proctor and the Kinaho Casino. He confronts Longshadow about the whole deal. Moreover, he wants help in getting Proctor out of the way. He doesn’t exactly get any help, though we can see Alex does not underestimate the darkness in Kai, of what he’s capable, and so on.
Best of all, Emmett heads over to the jail. He shuts the blinds, takes off his belt, dims the lights. He talks about his father, and other things. All the while picking out a nice weapon from the stuff they confiscated at Proctor’s place. Then all hell breaks loose, as he opens up the cells and lets them fight for their freedom. Never second guess a big, angry man; one who lost an unborn child, one who had his wife beaten. This sequence is another favourite of mine. Simply because sometimes we want to see the cop go bad; in this case he sin’t bad, he’s just human. What’s sad, though, is to see Emmett effectively end his career. To let these subhuman scum get to him that much. But no man is an island, no man is invincible, anybody can break when pushed too far.
Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 12.02.44 AM One good thing for Hood and the gang, Job tracked down Rabbit. Hooray! Maybe they can finish this all off, cauterise the wound.
Over in the trailer, Siobhan gets pissed off when Hood comes to see her. She doesn’t like what he did about the search warrant for Proctor. A real violation of trust, especially considering they’re semi-together. He acts as if he’s truthful, open to her questions, but we know for sure he will not be telling her the actual honest truth. Not about Proctor, not about himself. Nothing.
Meanwhile, they have bigger fish to fry with Emmett’s situation. For his part, Emmett accepts responsibility. He’s upset at himself. For failing his ideals and his own personal strength. He’s dealt with racism over the years. However, this act was one act too far.
And this tragedy is merely a microcosm of the problem in Banshee where it’s a “never ending cycle of shit,” as Emmett calls it. He feels that he’s let down his badge, that they’re meant to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Ultimately, he’s not totally remorseful for what he did: he’d do it again. And I’d watch it again.
Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 12.15.13 AM After the credits, we see a sad shot of Emmett’s desk. A picture of him and Meg. An ultrasound. The faint sound of me weeping in the background.
Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 12.15.43 AM Another great chapter, a sad one but a great one. The next episode is titled “Homecoming”, and again, I love it. So get ready to rewatch the penultimate Season 2 finisher, heading towards that big season finale.

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