Lucas Hood is a fascinating protagonist. The most fascinating prospect of his character is that we basically don’t know much of anything about him, not even his real name or where he’s from or what exactly happened that put him on Rabbit’s radar in the first place. Hood is a character that has endured a lot. He’s had few, but treasured, good times in his life and a plethora of really bad times. Antony Starr is an underrated gem in this series. He carries all of Hood’s emotions relatively easily and realistically.
Kai Proctor, the series’ overarching bad guy, is also very expertly played by Ulrich Thomsen. It’s seldom you find a character in his line of role and thought that you actually find yourself liking after a few episodes. He has his moments of being a cruel and duplicitous gangster, but underneath all of it, he’s a damaged man in search of purpose. He has been done a great deal of injustices, and he doesn’t handle that injustice the right way most of the times, but ever so often, we see Proctor’s vulnerable side; a side that does not seem that heartless at all.
All-in-all Banshee is a show that will never be critically acclaimed. Instead, Banshee is the “people’s champion” sort of show. Those immersed in the deeper echelons of the story will admire it for what it was written to be while those who are looking for a show that will provide entertainment and get the blood pumping on a single mid-week night will appreciate it in their own way.