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Carnival Row's Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne 

Review of "Carnival Row" 9/1/19 by Suzanne
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I really like this series, and I'll probably watch the rest of it.  It reminds me a bit of shows like "Ripper" or "The Alienist" because it's rather dark and gritty, the hero is searching for a vicious killer, and it looks like it takes place in the late 1880's or early 20th century. However, it's a fantasy series, so (as the prologue explains) the people, places and styles are all from a completely different universe, and there are fairies and other supernatural creatures around.

This idea has been done before - regular people who live in a world knowingly with supernatural creatures. The stories are usually an allegory to racial prejudice, just as they were in Netflix's movie "Bright" starring Will Smith, or the 2007 SciFi series "The Dresden Files" starring Paul Blackthorne (based on the novels).  Some of the creatures are good, and some are bad, just like humans. This series is not treading new ground in respect to that.

However, there are a few things that set this series apart from other supernatural shows (besides making the series look and feel like it's in Victorian England). The prologue explains that they had a war, that everyone is recovering from. Also, the lead character, Philo (Orlando Bloom) is in love with a "fae" named Vignette.  They had a torrid affair during the war that they're trying to rekindle. Besides the anti-immigrant hostilities, the romance, and the murders, there's also some political intrigue and a "Big Bad" creature living in the city's sewer systems.

Despite having so much plot, and a lot of great makeup and special effects, the show's characters and stories don't buckle under the weight of all. The storytelling is weaved very well.  If you like fantasy and murder mysteries, you should love this.  It's already been renewed for a second season, too!

MORE INFORMATION:

Amazon Greenlights Legendary Television's "Carnival Row" to Series

Amazon today announced that it has greenlit original one-hour Neo-Victorian fantasy Carnival Row to series. The eight-episode Amazon Original Series will be produced by Legendary Television and written and executive produced by showrunner Rene Echevarria (Star Trek, Teen Wolf, Castle, Medium). Joining Echevarria is Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein, Luke Cage, Sherlock) who is set to direct and executive produce, and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans), who will serve as executive producer and wrote the original script, A Killing on Carnival Row, which appeared on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005.

Carnival Row is a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. We follow the investigation of a string of unsolved murders which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.

"There has never been a series like Carnival Row before," said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. "The scope of the storytelling combined with the uniqueness of the world, themes and aesthetics haven't been on TV before. A simple police investigation will lead us down a remarkable journey in a world where humans and creatures co-exist. We're so excited about what Rene, Travis and Paul are creating and we can't wait to bring it to customers."

"Carnival Row is inspiringly ambitious," said Lauren Whitney, President of Scripted Television at Legendary, "and timely in a way that we never could have anticipated. We are thrilled to have excellent partners at Amazon, and the infinitely talented trio of Echevarria, McGuigan and Beacham as the driving force behind this show."

The series is scheduled to begin filming in the fall of 2018 for a 2019 release.

Rene Echevarria was most recently an Executive Producer on Teen Wolf and prior to that, was an Executive Producer on Terra Nova. Additional executive producing credits include Medium and Dark Angel. He also co-created the critically-acclaimed USA series The 4400. Echevarria comes out of the Star Trek camp having worked on Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Next Generation.

Carnival Row will be available using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit http://www.amazon.com/howtostream. The series will be a global release for members to watch via the Prime Video app or online at PrimeVideo.com in more than 200 countries and territories.

Orlando Bloom to Star in Amazon Original Series "Carnival Row," Produced by Legendary Television

Amazon today announced that Orlando Bloom is set to star in its original one-hour fantasy noir Carnival Row. Bloom will play Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row. Rycroft is not supposed to care about the death of another faerish refugee, but he does, and getting to the bottom of what happened to her will come at a big cost. Bloom, who also serves as producer, most recently starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reprising the role of Will Turner.

Cara Delevingne Slated to Star in Amazon Original Series "Carnival Row," Produced by Legendary Television

Amazon today announced that Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) is set to star in its original one-hour fantasy noir Carnival Row. Delevingne, who will join recently announced Orlando Bloom, will play Vignette Stonemoss, a faerish refugee who flees her war-torn homeland to come to the Burgue, where she must contend not only with rampant human prejudice against her kind, but with the secrets that have followed her to this new land.


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