During recent months, anticipation tremendously grew for August 30, 2019 -- the date the first episode of the Carnival Row series debuts on Amazon Prime Video. Its Google knowledge panel now reads the description, "A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world; the city's uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster."
While the reality of the show is too much for many to resist, people will only have to wait a few more days to experience it for themselves. Including elements of action, romance, and suspense, and seemingly created/inspired by bits, pieces, and concepts from different authors, stories, myths, and legends, its theme aims to entertain the extremely popular audience labeled as fantasy/science-fiction.
Even though Carnival Row hasn't yet aired, websites have started publishing articles and reviews. With other services such as Netflix running competing fantasy/science-fiction (aka Neo-Noir) TV shows, some which premiere the same day -- not saying in this case that they are necessarily, but it leads to wonder how often closely involved business parties are actually the ones behind leaving the passionate consumer reviews and writing the articles which steer people's behaviors and purchases.
Juliane Klein, writer for German website Citizen Z in a review for Carnival Row said, "production designers and idea developers have done a good job... Rather, [instead of more vampires and zombies] they had concentrated on far more mystical beings." A dangerous mix of humans, fairies, centaurs, and other races makes Carnival Row a melting pot surrounding Burgue-area locals avoid. In this fantasy world, tension, distrust, and suspense follows on a mystery to hunt down an active serial-killer. On social media, countless people post and tweet their reasons for why they are excited about the show -- "High fantasy elements brought into a Sherlock Holmes style detective drama just fills a niche I didn't know I was void of..." "This is dark, adult, epic fantasy at its best!"
Those at Amazon Prime Video must be enjoying the series a lot, because they renewed it for a second season before the first season even started airing. Cara Delevingne, with a starring role in the show, has a talent for finding unique projects in which to give incredible character and personality -- she has a growing list of movie, modeling, music, and television accomplishments -- she has recently acted as Crassie Cassie in Her Smell (2019), an alternative/punk rock drummer (and guitarist). Delevingne also played Laureline in sci-fi smash Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017). According to Cheatsheet's Carnival Row article written by Fred Topel, for Carnival Row, Cara has put extra time into the character of Vignette Stonemoss to give her the right feel and appearance -- from choreographing fight-scenes, to walking specific ways so her character's wings look the most natural -- including the feelings and limited movements while wings are corseted down and restricted, because rather than using the wings for flying, according Topel, "she hides them most of the time to blend in on the streets of The Burgue."
Co-star and one of the series producers, Orlando Bloom is no stranger to the fantasy scene either -- his debut acting roles were the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and the Pirates of the Carribean movies, but his involvement in Carnival Row series is also a major acting plus -- it gives the audience a chance to see Orlando (Rycroft Philostrate) as a different character than that of his typical methods in major past roles (elf, pirate, etc). Instead as a recently-commissioned police detective, the change adds mystery to his character, because he might act differently from how everyone is expecting. In an interview with TODAY, Bloom draws connections between Carnival Row and current events. Klein of Citizen Z also said about the countless topics the show discusses, "many of them, despite being embedded in the fantasy genre, are more relevant and relevant in our real world than you can imagine." Executive producer Travis Beacham, in a TVLine interview, used the word, "messy," to describe the war-torn Carnival Row world, and compared it to the real world.
Delevingne agreed in a recent Parade article, “this is one of the most amazing ways to look at something that people don’t want to talk about, like immigration or refugees. It’s hard to swallow because it’s the treatment of people that is just unthinkable. It’s crazy, it’s horrible, it’s disgusting and it’s hard to get a conversation to continue because people would rather be ignorant to it.” Parade also said about the show having a voice, "that is one of the reasons she really wanted to be a part of the project, because the show is a platform to open conversations on a serious subject, while still entertaining."
Carnival Row might be the next exciting show everyone is hoping to find -- streaming goes active in just a few days -- on Friday, August 30, check for Carnival Row at Amazon Prime Video. In the meantime, get introduced and watch its free bonus content.
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