It's an epic tale of Good versus Evil set against the backdrop of the 30's depression and revolves around superbly crafted characters that work and live within one of the few remaining Carnivale's of the era. The story is a tangled web of intrigue, mystery and the supernatural which doesn't pander to it's audience with 'episodes of the week' and dumbed down explainations of plot but rather weaves this web with aplomb and skill, leaving the viewer to dig within it's depths to find the subtle clues contained within.
The first season sets up the characters and plot ready for the impending battle to come. Each character has a part to play, some more than others, but each is crafted so beautifully that the viewer engages with them on a level rarely achieved in a television series before.
The transfer to DVD is quite exceptional, 6 discs each containing two episodes which are simply stunning to look at. Audio commentaries are available on three episodes and an, albeit short, featurette is found on the last disc.
I rarely post reviews but this series, this box set, deserves some attention. If you like well written, intelligent drama, which doesn't dumb itself down then I certainly would recommend Carnivale. A simply stunning piece of television. Roll on Season Two.
Carnivàle follows the travels of a roving carnival during the 1930's Dust Bowl. This group of odd characters pick up a mysterious young man who becomes the focus in a battle between good and evil.
It revolves around aa very large cast but there are two characters in particular that are the focus of this series. Ben Hawkins, a young criminal that appears to have the power to give life to things while taking it from others and Brother Justin, a priest that will do whatever it takes to see that things are done the way he believes they should be.
The first season is a battle between good and evil, I'm still not sure who is in which side, and there is also a heavy feel of the supernatural. If you liked programmes such as Twin Peaks or you just fancy trying out something new and very different from other series', this is the one for you.
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