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"To each generation is born a creature of light and a creature of darkness." [opening narration]
on 20 June 2016
This made for Tv series from 2003 is a dark fantasy mystery set in a travelling freak show come carnival and takes place in the Depression-era Dust Bowl between 1934 and 1935. The first episode sees Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl) evicted unceremoniously from his farmstead upon the death of his mother and is taken in by a passing carnival. A second story arc follows Brother Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown), who has prophetic visions. As the series progresses both men become aware they have strange powers, but what are they and where will it lead.
The first episode opened strongly stating it was a battle between good and evil insinuating it would be filled with mythology while the ‘freak-show’ angle suggested a large cast of alternative characters with varied abilities, but the pace was a little slow [lose a *], ultimately causing viewing figures to drop by 1/3 for the second episode. The visual accuracy of the series is undeniable and the characterisation becomes so deep and multi faceted that the actual plot and mythology seems to be side-lined making the middle of the series quite plodding and tiring work [lose a *] never really getting anywhere until the series finale.
Each of the 6 discs carries 2 episodes with the following features; a series index and making of documentary or commentary, the language selection is audio [5.1 default, or 2.0 in English, Francais or Magyar] while subtitles are in 14 languages, mainly European]. Selecting the episode goes to a plot summary. With scenes of attempted rape, graphic suicide attempts, shootings, death, ghosts, themes of prostitution, murder and some full frontal nudity and use of the F word, this will offend some viewers. It has similarities to the much later ‘Heroes—season 4 volume 5 ’ with a ‘Twin Peaks’ feel but lacks the haunting music and it’s overtly surreal world.