Banished: Despair

David Dawson and Russell Tovey in Banished, Image BBCPreviously on Banished: Tommy beat the crap out of Buckley, which earned him a death sentence because striking a soldier is a huge no-no. Kitty had sex with Ross voluntarily, for reasons surpassing understanding, and Letters Molloy did Ross a solid, earning his gratitude and a favour.

The noose waits for its victim, so clearly James didn’t go hanging himself after the events of last episode.

In the jail, Tommy and Elizabeth wake up together and he tells her to always hold onto these few seconds of bliss first thing in the morning, those few seconds between waking and memory. Ok, that moment was actually rather sweet.

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Banished: Loyalty

8077109-low_res-banishedPreviously on Banished: Elizabeth slept with Buckley so she could get a message to James, and Buckley lost his temper after losing a game of cards and told Tommy all about it. Anne started helping Mrs J deal with her longstanding grief over the stillbirths of all of her children, Ross started making actual emotional inroads with Kitty, and Molloy lied to William about the nature of his Dear John letter.

Buckley hurries back to the soldiers’ tent and immediately starts loading his gun, telling Timmons that he’s afraid Tommy’s going to kill him for sleeping with Elizabeth. Timmons asks for an explanation, and when he gets it, he grabs Buckley’s gun and tells him that he deserves what he’s about to get. Damn, Timmons.

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Banished: Dead Man Walking

8237055-high-Previously on Banished: James’s attempt to escape into the bush ended quickly, but he was given a last-minute reprieve by the governor provided he serve as the camp’s new hangman.

Close up of a tarantula or some other enormous spider scurrying along, to remind us that everything in Australia is out to kill you before…

…we go into the men’s barracks, where the soldiers who have come to rouse everyone are surprised to see James. So are the other prisoners. Everyone stops to stare for a moment before getting their days started. One of the other convicts tells James that Tommy is out digging his grave right now. James goes to tell him it won’t be needed and another convict pretty much says, ‘won’t it?’

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Banished: The Hangman

3b470846-bcb7-406b-abdb-943f34f07d13-620x372Previously on Banished: Marston’s body was found by Kitty during an aborted suicide attempt, sending James running into the woods. Anne told Mrs J she could talk to the Johnsons’ dead children, and the rev warned her that kind of talk could lead to a good old-fashioned witch burning.

James runs through the woods, with Timmons and his men behind. They reach a certain point, however, where Timmons tells his men to hold up, because if they go any further they won’t make it back. They fire three shots into the air and turn back.

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Banished: Stand Your Ground

8235510-low_res-banishedPreviously on Banished: Major Ross helped himself to MacDonald’s girl, Kitty, and James, Tommy, and Elizabeth finally got rid of Marston.

Quick shot of Marston, floating just beneath the waves. In case you didn’t get it, HE WILL RETURN.

Some of the convicts are gathered on the beach for someone’s funeral. While Johnson reads the service, Mrs J gives Anne a quick side-eye. Tommy, James, and Lizzy, meanwhile, are more concerned with a boat full of soldiers that’s rowing back and forth along the shore, near where Marston was dumped. James is kind of starting to panic.

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Banished: Where the Bodies are Buried

p02l4xg2Previously on Banished: Marston the bullying blacksmith started stealing James’s food purely because he’s a dick and James stood up for a woman named Anne (who then totally sold James out), and Tommy and Elizabeth got married.

On the shore, James sharpens an oyster shell to a knife’s edge, then goes into the dormitory and holds it to the sleeping Marston’s throat, waking the man and warning him not to move. He tells Marston he’d sooner hang than starve and demands his food back, but before anything can happen, the bugle starts blowing to wake everyone up. He warns Marston that this’ll get easier the hungrier he gets. Yeah, but the weaker you get, the easier it’ll be for Marston to fight you off.

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Trivia Thursday: Australia Day

This Week’s Question: January 26 is Australia Day, marking the establishment of the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Where was that settlement located? Last Week’s Question: What two Industrial Revolution-era inventors share January 19 birthdays? Answer: They are James Watt, whose improvements to the Nowcomen steam engine would help drive the Industrial Revolution (he also developed the concept of horsepower) and Henry Bessemer, … Continue reading Trivia Thursday: Australia Day