Cinemax‘s Banshee Real Life is the Nightmare TV Show Review. Banshee: Season 3, Episode 4: Real Life is the Nightmare was definitely shy on the non-stop, pulse pounding excitement of the prior week’s taunt terror in the truck and trailer episode. This week did give us a chance to catch our breath a bit as our favorite faux Sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) dealt with the soul searching aftermath of his sometimes gal pal Deputy Siobhan Kelly (Trieste Kelly Dunn) learning that Hood was not all he seemed.
Real Life is the Nightmare gave the viewer some nice character moments: odd couple Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison) and Job (Hoon Lee) getting some recon work done in prep for the big heist that may now never happen, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) giving a little lesson in manners to a man-handler in a biker bar, and Hood and Carrie’s daughter, Deva Hopewell (Ryann Shane), proving the apple didn’t fall far from the tree as she tries the her hand in the five-finger discount trade.
The best bonding moments were with Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen)’s no longer so nice niece, Rebecca Bowman (Lili Simmons), and Uncle Kai’s bowtie wearing one-man murder and mayhem machine, Clay Burton (Matthew Rauch). After playing chicken with a pair of Chayton’s stooges, Rebecca proved she’s picking up all of Uncle Proctor’s sociopathic tendencies. She’s learning new job skills, and enjoying every moment.
Otherwise, the episode was largely about repairing relationships and wrapping up loose ends as Hood prepared to say goodbye to his adopted, corrupt townies. The party didn’t really get started until well near the end of the episode when Hood decided that no impromptu exit plan could be complete without a final visit to Banshee’s number one bad ass, Kai Proctor. Its more punches than pleasantries as the two men give vent to three seasons of pent-up frustrations, duking it out amidst construction gear and stripper poles. It’s definitely the highlight of the episode, that is, until the show-stopping climax, when Chayton and his Redbones come by with their own brand of farewell. There is a lot to look forward to in next week’s chapter.
The episode’s best line was Job’s as he tells Sugar, “I know you’re the Dali Llama of Mayberry and all that shit, but it don’t mean everything coming out of your mouth is wisdom.”
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