It’s Monday – which means its time for another gathering of weekend reviews over at TVOvermind. Enjoy!
Banshee “Evil for Evil”
What does the word ‘evil’ mean in the world of Banshee? In a show full of con men, murderers, crooks, gangsters, and racists, the pure absence of morality seems to rob the word of its definition. It’s not like the larger powers of Banshee – the Kai Proctors and Rabbits of the world – are more deplorable than the ‘everyday folk’; if anything, their allegiance to some kind of professional code almost makes them more noble than the show’s protagonist (or most of his cronies). So what significance does a title like “Evil for Evil” mean in a world where this is already the norm?
The Walking Dead “Still”
The recent string of post-prison episodes of The Walking Dead should have me excited for the prospects of the show’s future; but after “Still”, another strong standalone episode, I’m almost lamenting the end of season four, when it appears most characters will head to Terminus and reunite. It’s not that heading to Terminus is an illogical move for the show – with such a huge ensemble cast, it only makes sense the show constructs its longer narratives out of established locations, where more characters can interact and the social dissonance of a post-apocalyptic world can be shown to full effect. But these are not the strengths of The Walking Dead: when AMC’s blockbuster is at its best, it’s detailing the smaller adventures in between, as recent hours like “After” and last night’s “Still” have done so well.
True Detective, “After You’ve Gone”
Whether it’s on the wall of his storage locker or representative of his general state of life, the spirals surround and haunt Rust Cohle. For nearly twenty years, he’s returned to the same case over and over, theories growing larger and larger, until he’s describing his hypothetical “sprawl” to a reluctant Marty Hart in “After You’ve Gone”. And as the case gets bigger and more conspiratorial in nature, the more intensely Rust is focused on the past, spiraling inward as the investigation (now completely off the books, ever since Rust returned from eight years in Alaska). And by the end of “After You’ve Gone”, it appears Rust is ready to let the spiral consume him, putting an end to the violent, “circular f*ck-up” of his life.