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Carnivale(HBO) Good Show? asks hamano
Topic by: hamano
Posted: October 29, 2003 - 6:35 AM PST
Last Reply: October 25, 2004 - 1:34 PM PDT

author topic: Carnivale(HBO) Good Show? asks hamano
hamano
post #1  on October 29, 2003 - 6:35 AM PST  
HBO's Carnivale... Is this a good show for someone who enjoyed Twin Peaks and the Freaks episode of the X-Files? I don't have cable so I've only heard about this show.... I also loved the Ray Bradbury novel Something Wicked This Way Comes... not that that would mean anything to some of you younger whippersnappers.
dh22
post #2  on October 30, 2003 - 6:42 AM PST  
I like it very much. I would not speak of it in the same breath that X-files episode, but there is indeed some Twin Peaks style elements. The show is about this guy who has the power to heal, and a preacher with, appearantly now, the power to kill. There isn't much freakyness in the way of carnivale sideshow acts. Its mostly death, and spiritualism, and selfdiscovery, and ghosts, and weird towns in the middle of nowhere. The carnival itself hasn't done anything of noteworthyness, its more about the personalities involved with the carnival.
dh22
post #3  on October 31, 2003 - 6:09 AM PST  
for being posted on the main page, this is a rather lonely thread.
Cinenaut
post #4  on October 31, 2003 - 8:37 AM PST  
It seems like having a link on the front page doesn't necessarily increase the number of posts.

I don't have cable, either, but if I did, I'd want to check out Carnivale. Bad David Lynch copies can be annoying, though.
dpowers
post #5  on October 31, 2003 - 4:40 PM PST  
we could just make up something, and then, ooh, a betting pool, make your posts about the series, then, when the series DVDs are out, "best" posts get awards and "free rice with every kitten entree" coupons to café warm fuzzy, here in SF.
dh22
post #6  on October 31, 2003 - 6:08 PM PST  
Oh hear we go again. You were on a fairly good streak of having somewhat normal things to stay, but I knew it couldnt last long.
dpowers
post #7  on November 1, 2003 - 2:12 AM PST  
how can you not like a warm fuzzy kitten?
dwhudson
post #8  on November 1, 2003 - 4:00 AM PST  
Just as a side note, we like drawing attention to topics for all sorts of different reasons. Loads of activity is an obvious cue, of course, but also topics of potential interest to more than a few GCers who might not have known about it otherwise, that's another; so's variety for variety's sake. And so on. Just saying. [g]
hamano
post #9  on November 1, 2003 - 3:46 PM PST  
Hey, talk about Carnivale! Everyone else go home!
Bishonen9001
post #10  on December 3, 2003 - 2:10 PM PST  
"Carnivale" took some time to draw me in. I admit that i was baffled by the first four or so episodes, then it picked up after introducing most of its characters and concepts.

The setting is fantastic; the 30s Dustbowl carnival milieu is very evocative. It's shot about an hour away from my home in Santa Clarita, and the production/costume design are exceptional in depicting the period. The Lynch comparisons are valid, and there's a touch of Flannery o'Connor thrown into the pot as some of the characters have taken so bizarre turns.

The approach they've taken is pretty brave in keeping most of the audience guessing about the different metaphors and allusions, and pretty much not answering most of the questions it's brought up. I think most of the people who've stayed with the show have found it rewarding. The "Babylon" two-parter was especially breathtaking, the closest this show has come to injecting some real horror elements into the plot.
LizK1
post #11  on October 23, 2004 - 6:37 PM PDT  
is it true the new season wont start until 2005? I have forgotten most of the plot and twists in carnival already..
dh22
post #12  on October 23, 2004 - 7:11 PM PDT  
> On October 23, 2004 - 6:37 PM PDT LizK1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> is it true the new season wont start until 2005? I have forgotten most of the plot and twists in carnival already..
> ---------------------------------

I'm guessing it will start in the winter of 2005, because they have started replaying the season, as if they are trying to help people remember.
LizK1
post #13  on October 23, 2004 - 8:19 PM PDT  
> On October 23, 2004 - 7:11 PM PDT dh22 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm guessing it will start in the winter of 2005, because they have started replaying the season, as if they are trying to help people remember.
> ---------------------------------

winter of 2005?!?
do you really think they would wait that long? when did the first season end?
Bowwow
post #14  on October 24, 2004 - 8:21 AM PDT  
I really liked Carnivale and they ended the first season with all kinds of stuff hanging. Now I don't have HBO. I need to talk someone into letting me come over to their house when the new season comes on. Either that or else I will have to wait until it is released on DVD.

dh22
post #15  on October 24, 2004 - 12:23 PM PDT  
> On October 23, 2004 - 8:19 PM PDT LizK1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> winter of 2005?!?
> do you really think they would wait that long? when did the first season end?
>
> ---------------------------------

By that I meant upcoming January-March time frame.
LizK1
post #16  on October 25, 2004 - 1:34 PM PDT  
> On October 24, 2004 - 12:23 PM PDT dh22 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
By that I meant upcoming January-March time frame.
> ---------------------------------

Oh, ok. sorry for the misunderstanding.

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