Carnival Row S1
IMDb rating: 8.7/10
Portraying two worlds, one with humans and the other with mythical creatures like fairies, Carnival Row has seen early reports comparing-but-not-comparing it to Game of Thrones. Which makes zero sense on any level.
Carnival Row doesn’t look anything like Game of Thrones; are we missing it so much that we’re craving to fill the void it has left? Are we desperately seeking the Next Big Thing? Do we even care? Joel Golby at The Guardian seems to think so. “Carnival Row will be the blockbuster mega-series of the next generation,” he asserts.
“Carnival Row mixes deep mythological elements with a creatively bleak, timeless setting (recalling the Victorian era) and contemporary issues of race, class, immigration and sexual identity. It’s all ambitiously mashed together,” writes Tim Goodman, Hollywood Reporter.
Starring Orlando Bloom – this time as a human – and Carla Delavingne as an Irish-accented fairy (trivia: fairies are feared in Ireland), Carnival Row will follow “mythical creatures who have fled their war-torn homeland and gathered in the city as tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. At the centre of the drama is the investigation into a string of unsolved murders, which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.”
Before it aired, the series had been renewed for a second season, so it appears Amazon Prime is ready to take a gamble on what it hopes will be another successful sci-fi fantasy show. Look out for South African born actress Alice Krige in a recurring role as the Haruspex.