The Twilight Zone
by Hizreen Kamal, New Straits Times Press -
Malaysia (December 8, 2004)
Get a glimpse of the power struggle between
good and evil in the finale of the Emmy award-winning
series Carnivale on Dec 14. Hizreen Kamal writes.
For fans of the spooky supernatural adventure
Carnivale (Season 1), a HBO new Original Series,
be sure not to miss the last two episodes, which
will be shown back-to-back on Dec 14 at 10.30pm.
A first-time nominee
at the recent 56th Emmy Awards ceremony in Los
Angeles, it won five of the seven Emmys it was
nominated for, including awards for Outstanding
Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series and
Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera
Exquisitely and moodily
photographed, it has been touted as a rare and
special television masterpiece. Carnivale's
cinematography provides some of the most richly
imagined glimpses of rural poetry in the 1930s,
with a set that is wellmounted, beautifully
composed, lovingly lighted and handsomely dressed.
Visually compelling, the world of Carnivale
seems always to be at twilight and its darkness,
a magical place to be.
With an assembly of talented
actors like Nick Stahl, who plays the troubled
young man Ben Hawkins, and Clancy Brown as Brother
Justin Crowe, Carnivale follows a travelling
carnival as it winds its way across the Dust
Bowl. It focuses on a mysterious young fugitive
with hidden talents who is taken in by the carnival,
and on the charismatic, shadowy evangelist who
will ultimately cross his path.
This 12-episode series
takes place at a time of worldwide unrest, with
evil on the rise around the globe and the Great
Depression wreaking economic and social havoc
here at home.
With each episode becoming
more riveting, the fate of these two men (Ben
and Brother Justin) seems to be moving towards
an explosive confrontation of some kind.
While Carnivale does
not make it clear which character is good or
evil, viewers will have a much better understanding
of the link between Hawkins and Brother Justin
towards the first season's finale.