Day 1: A show that never should have been cancelled.
I got into Carnivàle some time after it was canceled, but once I started watching it I couldn't believe such a masterpiece of a show had been canceled. There's something about these kinds of shows I'm attracted to, and this had that kind of mixture of many different attributes that I look for in a television series which I know will hold my interest.
Carnivàle premiered in 2003 on HBO and was canceled in 2005 just after two seasons. Its entire premise is a fantastical phenomenal which combines a historical past of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, along with something incredibly mystical and mysterious, also frightening. The central theme is about Good versus Evil, which holds a strong and deep religious mythology throughout the entire show, and everything is tied together. I don't think there's ever been a television series which goes so blatant with its religious allegories yet hides all these mysterious clues about the characters and events happening so well. The characters/actors, the mythology, the settings, the history and the time period, the story overall, it's just incredibly rich and well produced and created that it's a shame that they canceled it the way they did after only two seasons. Which, of course, it ends on a very powerful cliffhanger leaving fans craving for more. Why ratings dropped in its second season, I have no idea.
Also, when you read up on the mythology of Carnivàle you can really tell they weren't fucking around with this, they did their research, they molded it into their own and made sure to integrate it so subtly yet cleverly into the show so when you look back, or even just watching for the first time, you can take guesses on such clues that were given. They are not only thorough but it works, even if you don't clearly understand everything. You can see from creator's words that he had a particular vision for his work, which is to allow the audience to have different interpretations without giving explicit details away of ruining the experience. To me, that's smart storytelling. And knowing what peaks my interests, I love shows that have complexities and heavily mythological arcs that make you question and have theories and different viewpoints. It's what fascinates me the most, and this show had it. It's unfortunate it ended too soon when it was getting right at the climax of everything, and maybe one day Daniel Knauf will be able to finish telling the story.
I just, I really adore this show. I do. I rarely ever talk about it, but it's one of those rare gems that is hardly ever recognized that much these days, hence why I chose this above all the other shows I could have used. And anyone that knows me knows that I'm very fascinated with anything dealing with theology and religious themes, or just well constructed mythos in general, which this show is heavily dosed with and its mythology is just incredibly rich and compelling, I just could not ignore it and I'm glad I was introduced to this show. Late, but I'm definitely on the bandwagon for sure.
Ron D. Moore was a producer on this show too so, that kinda helps as well knowing the kind of quality you'll be getting.
And I keep saying this, but this is what Supernatural should have turned into this last season. I'm serious. Good versus Evil, Light versus Darkness, choices versus destiny and fatalism, the Final Battle which determines the End Times, etc. That kind of rich material added in a show's mythology shouldn't be wasted or ignored, it should be embraced and explored further.
This calls for a Supernatural/Carnivàle crossover, yes/yes?
Day 01: A show that never should have been cancelled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death
Random question: how come everything is becoming 3D? What is the fascination with this trend of turning movies into 3D? And not just in theaters, but with DVDs too. Like, are people that bored with movies these days? I don't get it, I don't understand it. Unless you wanna be high while watching something in 3D, but other than that I don't see the point in 3Ding everything. It's just...weird. And unnecessary.
Also, beware of the robotic apocalypse. All of this has happened before....