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Carnivale 2 Seasons 2005

Season 2
4.6 out of 5 stars (79) IMDb 8.5/10

All 13 episodes from the second season of the American crime drama starring Timothy Olyphant as US Marshal Raylan Givens. In this season, Harlan County finds itself caught in the middle of a deadly power struggle when two rival criminal factions go head-to-head in a battle for supremacy.

Starring:
Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau

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1. Los Moscos

In the Season Two premiere, Brother Justin's word reaches a new 'apostle'--prison inmate Varlyn Stroud--and occultist Wilfred Talbot Smith, who pushes him to seek out the elusive Henry Scudder.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 1 January 2005
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2. Alamogordo, NM

Stroud hits the road on his mission; Ben seeks out a former associate of Scudder's named Fr. Kerrigan; Lila challenges Samson's easy dismissal of Lodz; Management confides in Ben about a secret fear; and Justin makes late-night visits to Chinatown.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: 1 January 2005
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3. Ingram, TX

As Ben searches for a mysterious next link, Justin tends to his flock. Meanwhile, Stroud investigates a mining accident that left all but one man dead; and Sofie refuses to read Ben's tarot...but the cards have an agenda of their own.

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4. Old Cherry Blossom Road

A relative of Ben's reveals to him dark family secrets--and the face of death. Stroud reports on his progress to Justin, who now sees the threat Ben poses; Balthus bears witness to more of Justin's abuse of power.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: 1 January 2005
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5. Creed, OK

Justin is pushed by Dolan to make a tough decision; Iris gives an important dictation; Ben has a dark visit with a mask-maker; Ruthie shares her visions with Sofie, who decides to help Ben; and Justin receives a gift that gives him a new perspective.

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6. The Road to Damascus

The troupe breaks bread with another carnival and Samson makes a deal with an old friend; Iris and Justin prepare for their most difficult sermon yet; Stumpy panics as Rita Sue goes on a charity mission; and Ben and Sofie dance around family issues.

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7. Damascus, NE

Justin and Iris placate Bishop McNaughton with breakfast; Ben follows his visions to a seedy hotel with Stroud hot on his tail; Sabina airs her dirty laundry with Lila; and Samson is distracted while Management tries to destroy a gift from Ben.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: 1 January 2005
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8. Outskirts, Damascus, NE

Ben and Samson have a heated argument; Iris and Justin back a local politician; Rita Sue tries to play hardball with Stumpy's debt collector; Libby shocks her parents; Ruthie seeks refuge in her trailer; and Smith interprets a bad sign for Justin.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: 1 January 2005
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9. Lincoln Highway

Ben and Jones learn that justice is 'for the birds'; Ruthie's visitor leaves lipstick traces; Lila tries to reach Lodz; Sofie finds salvation in her work; and when chaos breaks out during a public speech, Justin shocks the crowd with forgiveness.

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10. Cheyenne, WY

Libby struggles to stick to her alibi, buckling under Rita Sue's superiority; Ruthie delivers a nocturnal message to Lila; Talbot-Smith intercepts a near disaster for Justin and reneges on a deal with Scudder; and Justin does some backseat driving.

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11. Outside New Canaan

When Samson announces the carnival's next stop, Lila challenges his authority; Stumpy and Rita fear dark days to come; Libby urges Jones to reveal a secret to the troupe; and Justin is startled by a development in the migrant camp.

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12. New Canaan, CA

In the series finale, as the world grows smaller, Samson devises a grand plan; Justin forces Iris to face her fear of heights; Ben performs his most important healings; and the carnival once more shakes dust...

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By Friarofdoom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2006
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When the first series was released it was something totally different and a real must watch experience. It was always going to take something of an effort to better it and you have to give credit where its due they have certainly tried.

Nick Stahl continues to struggle with his powers but this time around he's starting to assert himself and searches continually for answers. Clancy Browns preacher goes from mad and scary in the 1st series to a complete loon in this.The writers have tried something different with this series, it's much more quickly paced and the characters rapidly begin to show their true colours. The editing lingers far less over detail and atmosphere but if you saw series 1 then thats already been set up and now the show goes straight for the throat and hurtles towards the inevitable showdown. It may sound odd to say a series that lasts over 10 hours hurtles but this is in a real hurry and before you know it you're taking out the last disc and it's all over.

The show on it's own would be value for money but it's nice to see some extras added, a doc. on what it all means, scene breakdowns, a discussion and some commentaries on chosen episodes.

The picture is strangely not as good in quality as last time, there is some grain and even though it is meant to have a sepia tinge colour is a little disappointing. Sound on the other hand is very good even by film standards and detail and effects are spot on.

This carries on the main character arcs of the 1st and there's not a duff turn by anybody involved, including the writers and directors. Eventually it's Nick Stahl and the screen filling Clancy brown who grab you the hardest and so it is only fitting that their face off is the apocalyptic high point that satisfyingly finishes this great series.
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If you thought the first series was good, the second is ten times better!

It hits the ground running and never flags from there, building up to a showdown between dirty-but-good Ben Hawkins and clean-but-evil Brother Justin that delivers on all accounts.

Nick Stahl, this guy is amazing, and Clancy Brown head a uniformly excellent cast that is well served by a gripping plot and breath-taking visuals.

WATCH THIS! You won't be disappointed!
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Season 1 of Carnivale totally blew me away, and I was eager to see how the show developed into it's second (and alas final) season. Needless to say from the five stars that lead this review, it delivers. And then some. Many questions are answered, the pace accelerates and the stakes are raised on all sides. Revelations seep out of the woodwork, and everything gets pretty darn tense. Obviously this was not where the show was meant to finish (the references to an atomic blast are never paid off, the fates of several characters are left in question etc) but there is enough closure of a kind to make this season satisfying and not simply infuriating.

As ever the show is, from a production standpoint, unequalled. Every element is used to maximum effect. From the painterly photography through to Jeff Beal's involving score. Television has NEVER looked this good. What has been less well articulated though are the performances involved. Clancy Brown in particular never fails to steal the show with his deeply unsettling portrayal of Brother Justin. Nick Stahl as Ben Hawkins has a far harder job to do and though his performance is subtle, it is spot-on. Strong support comes from Carla Gallo and Tim DeKay, especially in the episode "Lincoln Highway" - perhaps the show's finest episode other than it's shattering finale.

The DVDs are just as they were in the first season box; well packaged and presented, with the show's fantastic theme music again floating over the menu. Anyone hoping for all of the show's secrets to be revealed on the commentaries will be disappointed, but there is a helpful featurette Magic & Myth: The Meaning Of Carnivale that serves as an appraisal of the series and a guide to it's themes both apparent and unexplored.

If you have the first series, you shouldn't need convincing. If you haven't got the first series, buy both! Then coerce your friends into doing the same! Something of this quality is all too rare.
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This is really, very good. Usually I'd use a term such as "awsome" or "amazing" to describe something I'd admire so much, but these words do not do justice to this beautiful, compelling masterpiece of modern television.

In a world full of neon sit-coms, pathetic "reality" television and ludicrously benign game-shows, Carnivale stands out like a diamond sceptre in a mudfield. The acting is some of the best you'll find anywhere, let alone television. The sets and costumes are so authentic and tangible it feels like the cast and crew were transported back to the 30's just to make this show. The characters are deep, three (sometimes four) dimensional people. So much so that by the end of the series you feel like you know them. Everything about this programme feels like it has been lovingly hand crafted from the studios of masters, and the story.Oh the story! A centuries spanning duel between good and evil by the use of prophetic pawns and vicious vicars.

If you're sick of what has become of Friday nights and long for something a bit deeper than a bunch of folks screaming at each other in a house, buy this. Buy it now! Then join the crusade to get Carnivale back to our screens. (HBO cancelled it after 2 seasons, foolish TV executives).
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