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1934. The Dustbowl. The last great age of magic. In a time of titanic sandstorms, drought and pestilence - signs of God's fury and harbingers of the Apocalypse - the final conflict between good and evil is about to begin. The battle will take place in the Heartland of an empire called America. And when it is over, man will forever trade away wonder for reason.
Well it was interesting enough to get me to tune in again next week, especially for that Adrienne Barbeau money shot, boy at her age she still looks great. The Hi Def was nice too. We'll see how it all comes together.
It was definitely an intriguing beginning. Any ideas on who "the management" is?
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All around a very good opening to what looks like a real good series. The ending to the episode was just great.
Most new shows seem to pull out all the stops and use up most of their great ideas in their pilots, but as this is a mini-series (correct me if I'm wrong, I still am not 100% if it's a 12-ep mini, or just the first season), it seemed like the setup for bigger and better things to come.
I loved the opening credits too, they (along with the rest of the show) looked just plain fantastic in HD.
I'll definately be tuning in for episode 2 next week.
Excellent 1st episode. I'm interested in seeing where they are going with this. I'll definitely stick around for the rest of the season.
correct me if I'm wrong, I still am not 100% if it's a 12-ep mini, or just the first season
There is an interview on the Official web site with creator Daniel Knauf where he states that the show will has a finite ending but that he doesn't know how many episodes it will take for him to tell the story. Here is an excerpt from that interview.
HBO: Are you concerned about extending the story arc beyond this first season?
DANIEL KNAUF: No, I have no problems with it whatsoever, I know where the characters are going.
HBO: So we can count on a battle between good and evil for years to come?
DANIEL KNAUF: Somebody recently asked me how long I saw this story as going on, and I said well, you know, when you sit down to start a novel, you don't say this thing is probably going to come in at 371 pages.
I don't know exactly how many episodes it's going to take to tell my story, because again, it's not completely my story. But I can chart the itinerary, you know what I mean? This might be a really interesting road. Let's slow down and, maybe we'll take a few pictures here.
I really don't know how long it'll take, but it's definitely a finite story. It's not serial like "Days of our Lives." There's definitely an end to the series. And there are definitely going to be signposts that take them to that endpoint.
You have to wonder how the balance of life and death is exacted given Ben's powers.
I think they hinted about this at the end of the episode
when Ben healed the girl and all the crops around them turn black. Maybe in order for him to give life he has to take it from somewhere else?
I'm still trying to figure out how Brother Crowe (Clancy Brown) fits in. Really nice to see Clancy Brown in this show. He is one of my favorite actors; ever since I saw him in the Highlander.
Nice start. I'm very intrigued by this show and I always like the whole "final battle between Good and Evil" theme. It kind of reminds me of "The Stand" with a 1930s slant. Excellent cast and great HD picture quality and 5.1 sound.
Kind of wild that Ben's Mom chose to die rather than have her son save her.
After 6+ hrs of football, I'm ready for a switch. Carnivale will be a nice way to finish off a Sunday.
Well, yes, obviously Ben's powers aren't truly a gift because something else has to give up their life for Ben to heal someone else. Exactly how much a sacrifice in lifeforce is needed for Ben to heal will be a delicate balance, as will the bigger theme of good vs. evil.