Judging from the father having all black eyes in one flashback (or flashforward, etc.) sequence makes me think he’s the evil one - he’s consistently forcing people to do God’s will because of their sin, something that doesn’t seem very God-like to me.
It would be interesting if they spun it with the Priest as the good one and Ben as evil, but I don’t think that’s how it’ll go.
It’s an interesting show at the least. I really like the intro.
I’m a sucker for these kinds of shows (I’m sure we all are), so I’ve been watching it. It’s not bad, so far. You gotta dig a show that uses the Kurgan as its bad(?) guy. I wonder at his badness, since there’s that tattooed dude ambling through storm-ridden cornfields OF THE SOULLLLL or whatever that flashback is.
Some random comments:
I’ve never found the female lead very attractive, ever since The Faculty. Maybe that helps; nobody is supposed to be all that attractive, being all circus freaks and all. The more slender burlesque girl is prettier.
I love how all the carnie girls swoon over Nick Stahl’s buck-oh-five ass. Sharp shoulder blades and visible ribs are HAWT.
Am I bananas or is Stahl attracted to the one older lady? The one who showed him the pic of his dad that he saw naked in the shower?
It’s Carnivale, which is an important distinction, since it is carnivalesque, and not like a circus. I thought the show was hard to figure out, but I don’t mean that in a bad way necessarily. I can’t really tell if it will be good or if it will fall into self-indulgence and cliches. It could go either way. However, I thought the sort of empathic healing of the little girl (and by empathic, I am just referring to the way it sucked the life out of everything around her) was really interesting. I wonder if that’s how the farm became a dust field? Maybe curing his cat and whatever else he healed, turned the farm that way. He seems to have that taint of evil, which makes him very dangerous. Who knows who is good and who is evil in that show?
I wondered that myself, about the farm; it would sure explain further why his mother cursed him so. He brings his cat back to life, and then suddenly the crops start dying. Giving that girl semi-servicable legs nuked a whole hedge, I imagine bringing anything back from the dead would do some damage.
That’s one of the things I love about this show: who the hell knows who is evil, who is good, even WTF is going on, for the most part. Sure, it flirts with contrivance and self-destructive convolution and vaguery, but fuck it, it beats most everything else on TV right now.
You know, I thought the first episode of Miracles was really promising. I even recommended the show to other people. Man, it went to hell fast! Who knows if anyone will listen to my recommendations again…who knows if I even will!