Episode Title: "The Kindred"
Writers: Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler
Director: SJ Clarkson
Previously on "Banshee:"
When an episode of "Banshee" opens with a biker gang rolling into town, you know it’s going to be good. And "The Kindred" was, in a ‘70s exploitation B-movie kinda way.
Our favorite foul-mouthed drag queen hacker, Job (Hoon Lee) is in town, apparently to help Lucas (Antony Starr) and Sugar (Frankie Faison) rip off an armored truck going to and from the Indian casino. But moonlighting as a thief is hard to do when you’ve got a town overrun with bikers to protect, as Sheriff Hood soon finds out.
At the town’s annual "Spirit Festival," a celebration of Banshee’s Native American roots, the bikers pick the wrong "MILF" to mess with when they corner Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) in an alley. Sugar comes to her defense and the two are able to fend off several of the thugs before the gang gets the better of them. Luckily, Deputy Kelly (Trieste Kelly Dunn) hears the commotion and comes to Carrie’s rescue, shooting one of the bikers.
With one of their "brothers" dead, the gang wants revenge. A couple things about this biker gang; a name like The Kindred" doesn’t exactly inspire fear. Maybe that’s because the club’s leader wears glasses and reads Malcolm Gladwell when he’s not terrorizing small Amish towns. Sons of Anarchy these boys ain’t.
Still, they manage to ruin the "Spirit Festival" by dragging one of the townsfolk down the street and beating up festivalgoers. However, in one of the greatest scenes on this show to date, "Amish Girl Gone Wild," Rebecca Bowman (Lili Simmons) brandishes a knife from her boot and slashes one of the bikers, as the other Amish women look on, aghast.
Not satisfied with the damage they’ve done in town, the bikers target Deputy Kelly. When she refuses to leave her home, which Sheriff Hood deems unsafe, the bikers show up late at night and torch the place. Hood gets the call just as he’s done banging Rebecca and heads over. While he’s out on bail for murder, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and Sheriff Hood argue over how to handle the thugs at a town meeting but in the end, the two men have the same idea. Proctor’s boys capture and interrogate one of the bikers, who gives up the gang's location and in another one of what’s become "Banshee’s" characteristic violent crescendos, Lucas beats the living hell out of them.
It’s become clear in the first few episodes of "Banshee" that this show is very much about duality. The town itself is both serene and picturesque and seething with violence and corruption. As for its inhabitants, "Carrie" is reverting to Anastasia more and more. In this episode, Deputy Kelly is confused by what she saw in the alley; Carrie, a local mom, delivering a beatdown to a bunch of bikers like she’s Jason Statham in heels. Meanwhile, Carrie’s husband, Gordon (Rus Blackwell) suspiciously eyes his wife and the sheriff, sitting together on a bench. They might fly under the radar in New York, but Carrie and Lucas are too big for their britches in Banshee. If anyone ever caught Carrie shooting juice boxes on the outskirts of town, it’d be all over.
The show acknowledges this theme of double identity with playful, tongue-in-cheek dialogue. Lucas tells Rebecca he knows something about feeling like you’re two people at once. He also tells the FBI agent sent to investigate Kai Proctor that they’re all on the same side. Right now, it’s a not-so-subtle reminder of what this show’s about. That, boobs and violence.
Aside from the biker plot, "The Kindred" also introduced a new problem for both Proctor and Sheriff Hood – a nosey FBI agent. Deputy Lotus (Matt Servitto) isn’t happy about the fed’s interference, but Sheriff Hood assures him he won’t be staying for long. However, using a fake police ID to remove key evidence only makes the fed more suspicious. He tells his home office that something stinks in Banshee and it’s not just the cow poop. Yup, lots of cow poop jokes in this episode, as Job isn’t a fan either.
We’ve already seen Proctor and Hood work together, outside the law here. With the FBI in town, will a tentative alliance form between these two criminals parading as a businessman and sheriff, respectively? And how long before the PTA starts asking Carrie where she learned Krav Maga? "Banshee" is awesome if only for the fact that it makes us ask questions like this.