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Scandals, Secrets, and Subversion: Why I’m hooked on CW’s Riverdale

14 Apr

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Die hard fans of Archie and Betty and Veronica Comics will either love or hate the CWs new series Riverdale. Aside from the characters names and appearances, pretty much the only thing that is consistent with the old school comic series is the setting–the small, idyllic, East coast, town of Riverdale. Most everything else everything is different and way more scandalous. The series pushes the boundaries for sure and, as a die hard vintage Archie Comics fan, I’m here to say I love it.

**Spoiler warning: from here on out I will tell you some things about the story-line. Not enough to ruin it, only enough to entice you.

The series starts with the death of Cheryl Blossom’s brother, Jason Blossom. A suspicious death isn’t scandalous but the near incestuous relationship between the twins it. Its hard to ignore the did they or didn’t they questions the relationship provokes. Don’t believe they’d put that on mainstream  TV? Check out this picture.

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Many of the relationships go beyond what you typically see in a teen series. All-American high school football player, Archie Andrews, and Mrs. Grundy, the music teacher, are making music. But not in the classroom.

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The characters are awesome too.

Moose, a stereotypical dense jock in the 1950’s Riverdale, is a more realistic, complex, and actualized human in this new version. He has a brief  fling with Kevin Keller who quickly moves on to the town’s bad boy.  Who could blame Kevin? We’ve all fallen for the bad boy. At least in our minds.

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Is it wrong of me to think the brooding writer Jughead is hot?

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Vixen Veronica provides a continual vintage-inspired fashion show.

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The Romance of Trains

24 Feb

by Kiersten Hallie Krum

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A woman in period dress stands on a train platform. Smoke wreathes around her as the wheezing locomotive pulls into the station. The woman breathes a sigh of relief. This is how she’ll escape. This is the train that will give her freedom. This is the train that will take her on an adventure. This is the train that returns her beloved.

There is deep romance to be found in trains. Trains take you where cars fear to tread, high up into the mountains or winding around rivers and gorges or out into what wilderness can still be found in this world. Trains allow you to explore those last bits of wild majesty.

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A train is a powerful beast of transport. Not the baffling physics of air travel (how does a thing that big get that high in the air?) or the aggravations of cars (why do people insist on going under the speed limit in the left-hand lane?!) or the dodgy environs of a lumbering bus (please don’t sit next to me), but the wheeze and clang of a force with which to be reckoned. 

Travel today has long since lost the romance of the journey. It’s become too difficult to navigate. These days, we tend to focus on getting to our destination in the fastest and cheapest manner possible. We’ve lost the ability to enjoy the journey itself.

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But there’s a romantic rhythm to the swing and swirl of a train carriage as though you’re constantly in a dance to find your balance. Trains are infused with thrills and passion. Murder. Mayhem. Romance. Trains have hosted them all in novels and TV shows and movies. They carry the mystery of the unknown, the idea that anything can happen on the long push to a destination. Trains give you the luxury of not having to think about the particulars of travel so your mind can wander and dream. Rest.

Write.

What better place to write than on a train? Cut off from the rest of the world, lost amongst the netherland beyond civilization, in a world of one’s own, it’s the perfect environment in which any writer is sure to flourish.

Amtrak agrees.

Last week, news broke of a pilot program quietly tested by Amtrak that offered free “writer’s residencies” — long, round-trip journeys during which writers…write.  Amtrak has since confirmed its plans to make the program official and long-term by offering writers trips on its network routes for the sole purpose of writing (suspect the “free” part will likely change, however.)

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Outstanding.

What is writing but a long journey into the unknown? Pairing that metaphorical trip with an actual journey seems the kind of no-brainer genius waiting to happen along the lines of shellacking peanut butter and jelly on two slices of bread and slapping them together. Or Nutella.

How did this all come about? Twitter. Yes, my social media baby has done it again, connecting the right people at the right time to create something fabulous. Author Jessica Gross tweeted the idea to Amtrak who responded with an offer to test out her theory on a New York to Chicago round trip. Kudos to Amtrak’s social media manager, Julia Quinn, (no relation to the bestselling romance writer) for swiftly moving to make the idea a reality.

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Now particulars for future rides are still to be fleshed out, but given the overwhelming social media response to this news, Amtrak will not lack for applicants once they roll out their full schedule. Romance writers alone are sure to queue up for the experience. I find it hard to imagine a more inspiring environment; I could finish one book and get off at the end of the journey with ideas for five more. Plot bunnies abound!

Do you enjoy train travel? Would you take the trip to write in residence?

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Life Among the Dead: Is Michonne Ready to Love Again?

23 Feb
If you're going to make an entrance, make an *entrance.*

If you’re going to make an entrance, make an *entrance.*

By Alexa Day

I started watching The Walking Dead on AMC with the first episode. I didn’t know anything at all about the comics on which the show is based. I think I tuned in expecting to see another show entirely. Now my Sunday nights belong to this story about life in Georgia during the zombie apocalypse, and I recommend it to even the horror-averse.

I first met Michonne when she appeared at the very end of the show’s second season. Because I’ve never read the comics, so I didn’t understand the significance of the cloaked figure holding a katana and a leash attached to two zombies. But on his televised afterparty, Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick seemed very excited to see Michonne, so I decided to be excited, too.

Michonne hasn’t disappointed me yet.

She’s a total BAMF with that sword, mowing down zombies with lethal grace. That would have been enough for me. Then she went toe-to-toe and hand-to-hand with the Governor, and that would have been enough for me, too. (For those of you who don’t know the story, let’s just say that being a sociopath has served the Governor quite well during the apocalypse and leave it at that.) Thankfully, the folks behind the scenes are okay with spoiling me. This season, Michonne’s learning some hard lessons about having it all during the zombie apocalypse, and she’s got a takeaway for the rest of us out here who are kicking ass, taking names, and trying to build a home and family.

Michonne is learning that vulnerability works.

They're kind of cute together ... in a very specific way.

They’re kind of cute together … in a very specific way.

As awesome as she is with her katana, Michonne’s talents as a fighter had forced her into a life where she’d learned to rely only on herself. Hanging out with former friend Andrea started her on that blood feud with the Governor. (How bad was that? Well, the Governor’s out-to-get-Michonne torture kit included a speculum. Yeah.) Hanging out with the apparently reformed troublemaker Merle didn’t work out much better; he was actually going to deliver her to the Governor himself. It seemed that the harder Michonne was, the faster she found herself on the way to her enemy’s doorstep.

But being vulnerable has been good for Michonne. Recovering from an injured ankle (vulnerability in its most basic sense) forces her to stay put and let others take care of her. I think that experience, even after she was back on her feet, opened her eyes to her real role as part of the group led by former lawman Rick Grimes. She’s more than just a bad-ass. She’s a trusted companion and friend. She’s a mother figure. She can call others out on their bullshit, and they return the favor. But to get to this place, to share the entirety of who she is, Michonne had to set aside the sword, albeit temporarily.

When the Governor ultimately forces Rick’s tight-knit group to scatter, Michonne has a choice to make. She can either return to her old life, alone but for her sword and leashed zombies, or she can risk reaching out to join her family on the move. Tormented by a vision of the life she’d lost when civilization collapsed, a life where she held both her sword and her baby with equal ease, Michonne chooses to risk vulnerability. Life as solo swordswoman is familiar, but she seems to realize that her best chance of regaining what she’s lost and discovering what she might become is with Rick.

This week, I’ve got the same question Chris Hardwick posed recently on Talking Dead.

Should we start shipping Rick and Michonne?

Because love means having the other person's back.

Because love means having the other person’s back.

I think it would be good for both of them, honestly. Michonne is comfortable being vulnerable with Rick. She forgave him after he sold her out to the Governor. He knows that loss of a loved one drove her to the edge of sanity, a destination Rick has come to know quite well. Rick knows his son, Carl, needs the freedom to be a kid in a world that’s forced him to kill his own mother. Michonne seems to know when Carl needs a fellow warrior to back him up and when he just needs a stack of comic books. Most importantly, Rick is comfortable with Michonne’s fierce side. I don’t think her last boyfriend was totally okay dating a BAMF, but that fighting spirit is absolutely essential to Rick.

There’s no telling what’s in store for Rick and Michonne, though. Even reading the comics wouldn’t be a guarantee. I certainly hope these two go on to form a more perfect union. But I’d be willing to settle for a stranger asking if they’re together.

And if all else fails, someone is surely already hard at work on the Richonne fanfiction, right?

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More, More, More in the Twenty-One-Four

5 Jan

By Alexa Day

I take a dim view of most New Year’s resolutions. Every year, I see lots of hoopla about what people are resolving to do, and then, about three weeks later, there’s a wave of shaming about how many people have already returned to their pre-resolution lives. But who can blame them? The average resolution sounds like a lot of work! Think of all the deprivation involved in losing weight, going on a budget, abandoning alcohol, smoking, fatty foods. No thanks! This year, I’ve decided I want more. More of everything, really.

That’s a tall order, I know. Let’s start with these three things.

M/M Romance. If you’ve been hanging out here for a while, you know that I am new to male-male romances. I confessed a little while ago that I had never read one and worse, that I had no real reason for not having read one. Well, C. Margery Kempe popped my m/m cherry (and if you can think of a less appropriate turn of phrase, please do let me know what it is) with MAN CITY: MARTIN, which I gobbled down just before the holidays. I usually shy away from the holiday stories because they tend to lean toward the home-and-hearth-and-2.5-kids themes, but Martin is a man after my own heart. He’s single during the Most Couples-y Time of the Year, and he does indulge in some sweet longing for a relationship like the one his friends Scott and James share. He’s also got some sexy thoughts about the two of them, and that’s where the real fun begins. Martin’s story is hot and playful and laugh-out-loud funny (I’ve been looking at nativity sets differently ever since). As I read, I felt the familiar inclination to choose between the two of them. Then I realized that not only could I have both Scott and James, but that Martin himself was in the sweet-spicy mix as well. A sexy story featuring not one … not two … but three tempting men — that’s the kind of abundance I demand from my 2014! I can’t wait to see what else the world of m/m (and m/m/m, of course) romance has to offer me.

You know, I'm not altogether sure it's even possible for pleasure to be guilty.

You know, I’m not altogether sure it’s even possible for pleasure to be guilty.

Swirl TV. Last year was definitely a hot one for the black woman/white man interracial action on TV. Olivia and Fitz have been smoldering away for three seasons now on Scandal, and now there’s an even less appropriate relationship between Candace Young and Jim Cryer on The Haves and the Have Nots. On top of that, I’m enjoying a healthy measure of sexual tension between Abbie and Ichabod on Sleepy Hollow. But deep in my rational mind, I’ve had to face that all three of these pairings come with a tiny little complication – the men are married. Sure, Olivia’s working around that, and Candace doesn’t seem to care, but I find I like Ichabod’s wife, Katrina, so much that I have mixed feelings about his getting together with Abbie. What to do? How about even more interracial hotness without quite so much of the adultery? I mean, I like the emotional workout generated by the moral situations we already have here. But in the spirit of more, I’d also like to just sit down and enjoy a more guilt-free sexy. Now, I admit that there may already be something out there that fits the bill precisely; I missed an entire season of Scandal before I found out about Olivia and Fitz. I’m counting on you, friends of Lady Smut, to clue me in if I’m clueless. I’m also quietly thinking about possible romances for Michonne on The Walking Dead, but that might deserve its own post.

Woman-friendly porn. Porn for women has been around for a pretty long time, I know. I know that it’s intended to fill the gaps (ha ha, heyo!) left vacant by “traditional” porn, so it’s got more storyline, more emotional content … which means more for some female viewers (okay, for me) to fast forward through. I’m not really coming to porn for a storyline, although, with apologies to Evelyn Beatrice Hall, I will defend to the death the rights of those women who do. I just think that porn is the fast food of sexual content. If I’m looking for an exquisitely sensual experience, 360 degrees of stimulation, I’m probably going to turn to a nice, hot book. If I just want the fries, I’m going for porn. I’m encouraged to hear about Dusk! TV, a Dutch television network dedicated to woman-oriented porn, or “porna.” (You don’t need me to say that all the Dusk! links are NSFW, right?) Dusk! relies on a panel of women dedicated to exploring and defining porna; the panel’s ratings determine what goes on the air. Alas, Dusk! isn’t available outside the Netherlands just yet, but I’m content to check out the Duskpanel’s research results (which indicate that I’m not the only girl fast-forwarding through all that storyline) until the network arrives here in the U.S. later this year. I imagine I could also pass the time with some gay porn; I’ve become convinced that it has more of what I like from porn and less of what irritates me. I’m not sure how long I’ll have to wait for Dusk!, and delayed gratification is, I think, at odds with this year’s quest for abundance.

What do you need more of this year? Let me know in the comments. And be sure to follow Lady Smut. We’ve got more of what you’re looking for.

Wide Awake in Sleepy Hollow

18 Nov

By Kiersten Hallie Krum

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Sleepy Hollow is the water cooler conversation of the fall TV schedule. Forget Scandal (Fitz is a douche) forget The X Factor (everyone else has) and pay no attention to Grimm (they forgot how to run a good show about the time Juliet lost her memory). Sleepy Hollow has the horror, it has the pretty, it has the deep metaphysical mythos, and it even has the funny.

Oh look! A list!

Five reasons why you should be watching Sleepy Hollow.

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5. Call of Duty: Headless Horseman

He may have lost his head over Ichabod Crane (at this point, who hasn’t?), but this demonic Big Bad doesn’t rely only on his saber to get the job done. Sporting a hack ax with a blade that glows with hell fire, this headless horseman comes complete with assault rifle and a bandolier of shell cartridges for the equally lethal shotgun. Cue Bad Boy theme song. Whatcha gonna do?

In Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman is a member of a secret sect of Hessian soldiers who fought for the British in The War of Independence. Not content to be deeply frightening in life, the now immortal Horseman continues to wreck havock in modern day New York. Add to that the fact that he’s literally one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and this is one scary mofo. And he’s not the only creepy crawly populating the idyllic northeastern village. Sleepy Hollow is populated with all sorts of demonic horrors ready to keep you up and wide awake for hours.

4. Orlando Jones on Tumblr and Twitter

He plays Captain Irving on the show, but Orlando Jones’ real role in the Sleepy Hollow family is as Captain of All ‘Ships. He gets fandom like damn and wow and giddily delights in every single drop of it. He live tweets new episodes with such hilarity it’s a retweet extravaganza. I love when actors love the work they do and still don’t take it so seriously they can’t enjoy the occasional WTFery of it, especially on a show as wild and high-concept as Sleepy Hollow.

3. Abbie and Ichabod aka “the pretty”

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Yes, he *can* be taught!

Bet you’re thinking “Ah, here’s the romance.”  Alas, while many fans do ship these two lead characters romantically, I am vehemently not one of them. Instead, I’m enjoying their marvelous sex-free partnership. The woman who is a tough, conflicted cop. The man not only out of place but out of time. Each linked to the other by fantastical means.

Ichabod’s relationship with Abbie (Nicole Beharie) is fascinating as it’s something Revolutionary War Ichabod (Tom Mison) could never have experienced without marriage due to social restrictions of the time (and not just the slavery issue). Thus, he delights in her for exactly who she is and what they have to do together. Abbie’s lost her father-like mentor and had her world turned upside down and yet she still greets every new mind-boggling, supernatural experience with feet firmly planted in the solid world. She balances Ichabod’s frequent eloquent infodumps with just the right dash of deadpan summary and interpretation.

Here’s the key – Abbie not only inhabits the traditional man role of the partnership, she owns it. Ichabod does not rescue her and would never think he has to. They are partners; they back one another up. There’s never a moment when Ichabod acts as though his manhood is threatened by it either. In episode two, Blood Moon, Abbie chides him for throwing his gun away (he didn’t know it had more than one shot) and two episodes later in The Lesser Key of Solomon, when her militant-trained sister tosses Ichabod a 9 MM pistol, he silently looks to Abbie for instruction. Immediately in accord, she demonstrates what he must do to chamber the round. When Ichabod is kidnapped by the Freemason’s in episode seven’s Sin Eaters, Abbie goes into full out rescue mode. “That’s not how this is gonna work. I’m a police officer. Let us in, or we call in the damn cavalry.” No apology. No sop to his male pride. She is a bad ass in her own right and they both know it. Hell, Ichabod regularly counts on it.

2. The script

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Alas, poor Headless. I knew him

Dear Lawd, but I love the words the writers for Sleepy Hollow put in Tom Mison’s mouth. It’s not enough that “tall, dark, and British” makes “donut hole” sound like a soliloquy, Ichabod’s back story has him Oxford educated (word) and the writers make his sentences long and flowing with a rich vocabulary worthy of his origins, experience, and education. Not to mention, his British pronunciation of “lieutenant,” i.e. “lefttennant,” pleases me greatly.

But Ichabod is also a man from a time when nobility and honor were more than words on a page or ethereal ideas to be subjugated under expediency. These are tangible values in service of which he and others of his time readily offered their lives. It adds a patina of risk and romance to the words he speaks because, even when he’s being pissy or snarky, he subconsciously knows he may have to stand by every one. Not to mention, it is often deeply funny.

The writers clearly enjoy playing with Ichabod’s snobbery with regard to colonial history and some of the more senseless luxuries of the modern world. For instance, he’s quick to point out that Abbie’s knowledge of history relies on recorded history. “It appears little of what actually transpired found its way into your textbooks.” Even as Ichabod adapts to his changed circumstance, his outrage over modern day taxes on baked goods, the apocryphal history of Paul Revere’s ride, and the utterly foreign idea of his words being “eternally recorded” in a voice mail message offer endless fish-out-of-water fun. Abbie and Captain Irving winding him up about Thomas Jefferson’s slave ownership and secret second family of mixed-race children was pure script gold.

For your listening pleasure, here are two Soundcloud clips of the Ichabod’s best riffs to date. In the first (and personal favorite), he gives poetic romantic advice to the automobile assistance agent and in the second leaves Abbie that first, irritated voice mail message.

The script is complex, witty, emotional, and often quite funny. That’s a high bar to aim for and one it achieves every week. I also dig the overall snarky sense of humor hard. In the pilot episode, no one less that Clancy Brown, aka The Kurgan from Highlander, played Abbie’s boss and mentor who, in the cold open of the show, got his head chopped off! Those are my kind of people.

On a logistic note, the story is unbelievably complex and yet ruthlessly well-plotted and controlled no doubt due to the fact that Sleepy Hollow only has 13 episodes in season one. This leaves  no room for the dreaded “filler” episodes that drag a show through the sagging middle of its traditionally 22-episode run. Items mentioned in throwaway comments in one episode pay off two, three, sometimes four episodes later. Sure there are some purists whose heads are imploding with the loosey goosey way the show plays with American history.  As revolutionary as it was, I’m not a fan of colonial history; I’ve never been able to make it past the wigs and fashion. Yes, I am that shallow. But add a little metaphysical behind-the-scenes hocus pocus to the events and I’m game.

1. The story

Ready? Here we go:

Ichabod’s opening voice over:

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ARGH! Why can’t I see?

“In 1781, I died on the battlefield, but I was saved by a mysterious spell cast upon me by my beloved wife, Katrina. Now I’ve been awakened 250 years later in a land I no longer recognize and fate led me to Miss Abigail Mills, a young police lieutenant investigating baffling mysteries. We are now bearing witness to strange events and dark forces that I would not believe had I not seen with my own eyes. They foretell that our realm is in danger and the apocalypse may be upon us. Our destinies are entwined. We’re on the battleground where the armies of good and evil will wage war for the fate of mankind…Sleepy Hollow.”

When Ichabod Crane, British nobleman turned revolutionary warrior, cut the head off of a ruthless Hessian mercenary on the battlefield right after said mercenary dealt him a killing blow, their blood mingled as they died, linking them in an eternal bond. Katrina’s spell ensured that should the Horseman ever be revived, Ichabod too would awaken from death to again defeat him. Cue 21st century Sleepy Hollow, NY where the Headless Horseman just woke up.

Abbie and Ichabod are the two witnesses prophesized about in the Book of Revelations who will see and combat the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse of which our Headless is the Horseman of Death. The return of the horseman was instigated by a demon named Morloch who has also released other nightmarish things into Sleepy Hollow in advance of The Four Horsemen’s inevitable return. Meanwhile, Abbie is dealing with her own past interaction with Morloch as a young  teenager, an experience that irrevocably colored and influenced her life and coincidentally prepared her to be Ichabod’s perfect partner in the battle against evil.

How could you not love a show like that?! There are even secret passages! In New York! It’s National Treasure meets The Da Vinci Code with demons and witches and sin eaters. Oh my!

Sleepy Hollow airs on Mondays at 9 PM EST on the Fox Channel.

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Lets Go Be Bad Guys: Cops as Robbers

30 Sep

by Kiersten Hallie Krum

I love it when characters are forced to behave against type. A good guy playing at being the bad boy for good reasons?  Yum with a huge side of me.

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Scott & Stonebridge in the jungle, the mighty jungle

This particular ring around is top of mind given a recent episode of Strikeback. Continuing off the original UK show that featured Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln,  Strikeback is about two special forces operatives, American Damian Scott (the spy) and Brit Michael Stonebridge (the soldier), who are the tip of the spear of a British military intelligence division called Section 20.

It’s essentially two hot, extremely alpha guys who, on a weekly basis, fight terrorism, save the world, have sex (Scott is an unrepentant man whore), pull off insane crazy tactical maneuvers, and regularly blow shit up. Over three seasons Scott and Stonebridge have built this great I’ve got your back, bro partnership which occasionally deepens to deliver great tough guy emo moments. And they’re such guys. In real life, I’d want to smack them upside the head on a regular basis but on the screen, their testosterone-heavy bullshit greatly entertains. Some of my favorite moments in the show are when Scott and Stonebridge take the piss out of each other. Male bonding. Bless.

In a recent episode, while on the trail of a terrorist money man in Columbia, Scott and Stonebridge learn the information they need is locked up in a bank’s safety deposit box. This particular bank is run by a notoriously brutal drug kingpin. Scott is positively gleeful at the prospect of robbing the bank while Stonebridge is, shall we say, less enthused and outright refuses to shoot at any legitimate cops who might responded to their heist.

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Tough guy emo moments.

Scott:  “You didn’t play cops and robbers when you were a kid?”

Stonebridge: “Yeah.”

Scott:  “Then let me guess: you were always the cop, weren’t you, Michael? Well now you gotta play the robber, so you in or you out?”

Stonebridge: “If this is what it takes to keep from telling Locke [their boss] that we lost Kamali [bad guy of the moment] then I’m in.”

Scott:  “Bingo! Right. We’re robbing a bank!”

And when discussing battling the private army that will arrive if the alarm gets trip:

Scott: “We won’t have to if it goes according to plan.”

Stonebridge: “’Cause it will all go according to plan. It’s a bank robbery. They never go wrong, do they?”

They rob the bank and just about everything does go wrong until the kingpin’s brother lies on the vault floor dying from a heart attack, Scott won’t give him mouth to mouth, Stonebridge can’t get the safety deposit box opened, and that private army is minutes away from killing them all. Stonebridge finally loses his shit at Scott. “F*cking never goes wrong, does it mate?! Robbing banks is f*cking great!”

Needless to say, they’re better off sticking to blowing shit up.

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Smugly on the right side of the law…sort of.

Banshee is a show that stands as counter to this point. It explores the exact opposite: what happens when a bad guy has to play at being good? A master thief completes his 15-year stretch in maximum security prison and immediately sets out to find the woman he loves for whom he went to jail in the first place…and the diamonds they stole together. He finds her married and living a whole new life in Banshee, PA, and violently opposed to hooking back up with her lover. Despite their bitter reunion, when the new sheriff of Banshee, who no one in town has yet met in person, is gunned down in a bar, the ex-con assumes the murdered Sheriff Lucas Hood’s identity so as to stay near his unwelcoming lover.

Unreformed and very much not rehabilitated, “Lucas Hood” continues his criminal activities. But he also has to uphold his own kind of law while wearing the badge in order to maintain his fake identity. He has a strong personal code, one for which he will kill and sacrifice, especially for those for whom he loves or feels responsible, but that code is limited and narrow and often very much free of morals. Raw from his incarceration and the things he did there to stay alive, Lucas applies an ex-con’s mentality to a lawman’s job, which often leads to unorthodox and violent ways of resolving conflicts, putting him in regular opposition to the more by-the-book, legal procedures and policies of the actual cops with whom he works.

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Vigilante justice with a badge

Oh and every woman in town is smoking hot and wants to bang him too including his former lover, a drop-dead gorgeous Amish-bred young woman, and his stunning cop subordinate. It is on the Cinemax channel after all (as is Strikeback) where, as Justin Timberlake recently put it, “it’s all boobs and no b*sh.”

Both shows are fast-paced and well-structured with good scripts, hot moments, and high physical and emotional stakes. Whether cop or robber, Scott and Stonebridge go up against huge odds every week (though this season, the cost is beginning to wear). Lucas Hood is constantly scrambling to stay one step ahead of the people hunting him while always one breath away from being found out as a fraud and sent back to jail.  Trouble is, more and more it looks like Lucas is a better cop than he ever was a thief.

What are some other cop/robber reversals you’ve seen or read?

Season three of Strikeback airs Friday nights on Cinemax. Season one of Banshee is now available on demand for subscribers and on DVD/BluRay. Season two debuts in Spring 2014.

All images courtesy of Google Images. 

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