My new HBO series of the moment
February 24, 2005
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As some of my readers know already, I am a big fan of TV shows on DVD, namely those from HBO since I do not have this channel. After exhausting all of the episodes of ‘The Wire’ that are available on DVD, I have now moved onto the newest HBO series, ‘Carnivale’. After a number of friends told me this was a must-see series, I finally watched the first disc of Season 1 from Netflix, which contained the first two episodes. And so far, my feelings are a little mixed. On one hand, it’s not bad. I was entertained for my two hours. But on the flipside, it was confusing, and slightly uncomfortable.
For those of you who have never heard of it, Carnivale is based on a traveling circus from the Great Depression era of the 1930s. The circus is complete with the strong man, bearded lady, lizard man, conjoined twins, strippers, and other old-time standards. The main character is a new “normal” guy named Ben that they pickup out of sympathy. He’s hesitant to become a “carny”, but slowly warms up to it. He has a mysterious past that the crew is trying to get out of him, and it seems to be building up to some confrontation with a priest who believes God speaks to him. I know it all sounds very weird, but it was entertaining, and I’m looking forward to the next disc in hopes that it will become a little more clearer. So if you’re fortunate enough to have HBO, I would recommend checking it out someday.