TV & Radio
DVD review: Banshee - The Complete First Season
(Home Box Office, R18)
The chaotic goings-on depicted in the fictional town of Banshee follow a pattern.
Scenes of graphic violence are quickly followed by scenes depicting graphic nudity, with each of the main characters seemingly having to get their kit off or wield a gun.
It's almost as if the script writers have a quota of mayhem and debauchery they have to squeeze into each of the show's 10 episodes.
Critics especially have honed in on the series' excessive sex scenes but Kiwi lead actor Antony Starr has defended the show of flesh, saying it's integral to Banshee's various plot threads.
Starr has hit the big time in the United States with his superb depiction of crook-turned-sheriff Lucas Hood.
Starr's character finds himself in Banshee after he tracks down his one-time girlfriend and crime partner Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) to the sleepy Pennsylvania town.
Much of the latter episodes centre around Hood's efforts to win back Hopewell's affections and serves as a welcome relief from some of the show's other excesses.
But Banshee it not without its appeal, especially its quirky story lines and left-field characters.
When it comes to colourful bad guys few shows can match characters such as Amish drug baron Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) or New York mobster Mr Rabbit (Ben Cross) for screen presence.
Bonus features include a Season 2 teaser trailer.
Fans of the show can look forward to further intrigue and mayhem.
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