'Carnivale' The Complete First Season
by Matt Casamassina, IGN (December 10, 2004)
You might not be able to tell the good guys
from the bad, but you'll be thoroughly fascinated
all the same.
In HBO's gorgeously surreal horror series Carnivale,
nobody smiles. And we can't really blame the
characters for being miserable. After all, they
are all searching for the meanings of their
lives in 1934 amidst an onslaught of disease,
widespread poverty and, most of all, dust. It's
everywhere. The Great Plains have been drowned
in violent dirt storms and so have the people
unfortunate enough to pass through them. Everyone
seems to wear the same clothes day in and day
out and their rags are thick with powdery crud.
There is corruption at every corner. Theft.
Rape. Death. Murder. Your basic formula for
some good old-fashioned eyes-glued-open television.
Except that Carnivale,
created by writer and producer Daniel Knauf,
doesn't follow any formula. In fact, you might
say that it successfully bucks the cliches and
trends that so commonly soil many of today's
most popular television franchises. Perhaps
this is because HBO isn't afraid to take a chance
on something different. Or maybe it's just sheer
luck. Whatever the reason, there is some compelling,
if disturbing entertainment to be found lurking
beneath the dust in the show's 12-episode first
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