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TV Review: BANSHEE: Season 3, Episode 9: Even God Doesn’t Know What to Make of You [Cinemax]

Ulrich Thomsen Banshee Even God Doesn't Know What to Make of You

Cinemax‘s Banshee Even God Doesn’t Know What to Make of You TV Show Review. Banshee: Season 3, Episode 9: Even God Doesn’t Know What to Make of You was a refreshing change of pace, though maybe a little light on Sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) and a tad heavy on torture porn.

Last week we saw grieving Banshee bad guy Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and lady lust Emily Lotus (Tanya Clarke) get carted off at gunpoint by Philadelphia’s better dressed gang bangers, the Blackbeards. We knew there’d be hell to pay, and given the death toll of women on the show this season, odds were not good for Emily.

This episode opened with her and Kai tied to chairs in an abandoned Banshee high school gym, but she was virtually ignored as Kai got the brunt of the Blackbeard’s fists of fury. It was a very Kai-centric episode overall, and a great chance to see just how bad a bad-guy Kai is. It’s also a testament to how well developed all the character’s in this show are because despite all the heinous crimes we’ve seen Kai perpetrate these past three seasons, we really want to see him get out of this alive. He seems hopelessly trapped, so when he does turn the tables, (or the chairs in this case), it’s a love/hate victory. And it’s not some preposterous Perils of Pauline escape either; it’s pure Proctor cunning and determination.

Since last week we also saw Camp Genoa’s resident psychotic, Colonel Douglas Stowe (Langley Kirkwood) put two and two together and come up with profiles of three of the four bandits who did him wrong, it was no surprise that Job (Hoon Lee), Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic), and Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison) were all rounded up and tied and tortured as well. It was an interesting and unexpected touch to have both torture plot threads intersect in the same episode, definitely showing how much alike both the gang bangers and the mercs truly are.

The best line this week was another one of Job’s. During one of the better flashbacks this season, (where we finally learned how Hood and Job first met) a winded Job tries to get the tireless Hood to slow down and relax a minute. “You killed them all,” Job exclaims. “I think you killed some of them twice!”

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