Amazon Prime released the first season of Carnival Row on August 30, 2019, and unfortunately, I was late to the party. I just completed binge-watching the Carnival Row season 1 this weekend and I have to admit, the series has me confused and excited at the same time. Many critics are calling it a steamy but stupid show. (It’s a fantasy, don’t watch it if you don’t like the genre). What the critics fail to see is the similarity between the show and our real world. Carnival Row reflects how minorities are treated in our world and you cannot deny this fact.
Carnival Row actors include Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Jared Harris, Jamie Harris, Simon McBurney, and Tamzin Merchant. All of these actors are amazing, even though I did not like the character of Jared Harris in this one. (But that’s a separate topic). The critics do not like how the story of faeries, fauns, centaurs, elves, and humans is reflected in the Carnival Row. In fact, some have even referred it as a show which dies a quick death. If that is the case, why is it renewed for season 2 even before the release of season 1?
How ‘Critch’ Are Treated In Carnival Row?
The Carnival Row plot revolves around mythical creatures called “Faeries or Fae or Pix” in the show. Moreover, you also get to see Puck (Fauns), Kobolds (Elves) and Centaurs (though the appearances are very few for this mythical creature). Overall, they are all referred as Critch (probably derived from creatures). In fact, critch are treated as outsiders and minorities. There are no high-level jobs for them. Most of the faeries run a Pix Brothel, while; Pucks are mostly house-servants. If you check our real world, that’s the resemblance when it comes to minorities. Even in highly developed countries, minorities are still fighting for their rights and recognition.
In Carnival Row, the critch are left to survive on their own or die. The state rules do not support them much. They cannot retaliate or leave the city. In fact, they do not have freedom at all.
The Representation Of Politics
Carnival Row does not just highlight the issues minorities face, it also shows how confusing our political parties can be. Even though they have a good nature in real life, politics turn them into mean and selfish humans when they are facing their followers. They speak the language their current & prospective followers want to hear. The show highlights two political parties, one ruled by the Longerbanes while the other ruled by the Breakspears (Jared Harris). It also highlights an incestuous relationship between their heirs. (which is another topic, to be discussed separately). The children go behind their parents’ backs and even wish their death to take power & control.
Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row Highlights LGBT Relationships As Well
Even though we see subtle hints of it, Carnival Row does highlight LGBT relationships and the issues they had to face. Two faeries, Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and Tourmaline Larou (Karla Crome) are shown as ex-lovers. Where, Vignette falls in love with the lead character Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) and Tourmaline becomes a Pix Prostitute.
A gay couple is also shown in the show. Police Coroner Morange (Gregory Gudgeon) had a relationship with Finch (Philo’s former orphanage headmaster and his foster father). However, the relationship was highlighted after Finch was murdered.
Season 2 of Carnival Row starts filming in November. Let’s wait for another year to find out what happens with the people in the Row. If you are wondering how to watch carnival row, then you can catch the whole series on Amazon Prime.