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Carnivale 2 Seasons 2005

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Season 2
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4.5 out of 5 stars (2,108) IMDb 8.6/10

In Season Two of the HBO series, the final war between good and evil looms. Ben heads west with the Carnivale to find his father, Henry Scudder, but Brother Justin is looking for him, too. The fate of the world depends on which one finds Henry first!

Starring:
Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau
Original air date:
March 27, 2005

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Season 2
1. Los Moscos

In the Season Two premiere, Brother Justin's word reaches a new 'apostle'--prison inmate Varlyn Stroud--and occultist Wilfred Talbot Smith, who pushes him to seek out the elusive Henry Scudder.

CC TV-MA January 9, 2005 50 minutes
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2. Alamogordo, NM

Stroud hits the road on his mission; Ben seeks out a former associate of Scudder's named Fr. Kerrigan; Lila challenges Samson's easy dismissal of Lodz; Management confides in Ben about a secret fear; and Justin makes late-night visits to Chinatown.

CC TV-MA January 16, 2005 51 minutes
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3. Ingram, TX

As Ben searches for a mysterious next link, Justin tends to his flock. Meanwhile, Stroud investigates a mining accident that left all but one man dead; and Sofie refuses to read Ben's tarot...but the cards have an agenda of their own.

CC TV-MA January 23, 2005 50 minutes
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4. Old Cherry Blossom Road

A relative of Ben's reveals to him dark family secrets--and the face of death. Stroud reports on his progress to Justin, who now sees the threat Ben poses; Balthus bears witness to more of Justin's abuse of power.

CC TV-MA January 30, 2005 56 minutes
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5. Creed, OK

Justin is pushed by Dolan to make a tough decision; Iris gives an important dictation; Ben has a dark visit with a mask-maker; Ruthie shares her visions with Sofie, who decides to help Ben; and Justin receives a gift that gives him a new perspective.

CC TV-MA February 6, 2005 56 minutes
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6. The Road to Damascus

The troupe breaks bread with another carnival and Samson makes a deal with an old friend; Iris and Justin prepare for their most difficult sermon yet; Stumpy panics as Rita Sue goes on a charity mission; and Ben and Sofie dance around family issues.

CC TV-MA February 13, 2005 56 minutes
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7. Damascus, NE

Justin and Iris placate Bishop McNaughton with breakfast; Ben follows his visions to a seedy hotel with Stroud hot on his tail; Sabina airs her dirty laundry with Lila; and Samson is distracted while Management tries to destroy a gift from Ben.

CC TV-MA February 20, 2005 45 minutes
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8. Outskirts, Damascus, NE

Ben and Samson have a heated argument; Iris and Justin back a local politician; Rita Sue tries to play hardball with Stumpy's debt collector; Libby shocks her parents; Ruthie seeks refuge in her trailer; and Smith interprets a bad sign for Justin.

CC TV-MA February 27, 2005 53 minutes
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9. Lincoln Highway

Ben and Jones learn that justice is 'for the birds'; Ruthie's visitor leaves lipstick traces; Lila tries to reach Lodz; Sofie finds salvation in her work; and when chaos breaks out during a public speech, Justin shocks the crowd with forgiveness.

CC TV-MA March 6, 2005 52 minutes
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10. Cheyenne, WY

Libby struggles to stick to her alibi, buckling under Rita Sue's superiority; Ruthie delivers a nocturnal message to Lila; Talbot-Smith intercepts a near disaster for Justin and reneges on a deal with Scudder; and Justin does some backseat driving.

CC TV-MA March 13, 2005 51 minutes
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11. Outside New Canaan

When Samson announces the carnival's next stop, Lila challenges his authority; Stumpy and Rita fear dark days to come; Libby urges Jones to reveal a secret to the troupe; and Justin is startled by a development in the migrant camp.

CC TV-MA March 20, 2005 55 minutes
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12. New Canaan, CA

In the series finale, as the world grows smaller, Samson devises a grand plan; Justin forces Iris to face her fear of heights; Ben performs his most important healings; and the carnival once more shakes dust...

CC TV-MA March 27, 2005 52 minutes
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Season two of this amazing series saw a shift in gears as far as the direction of the show. Season one, while a masterpiece, suffered critical hits for taking too long to develop, and thus, perhaps lost some viewership. The not-so-well-kept secret is that time it took to craft the characters is exactly what true fans of the series enjoyed.

Some of the deep mystery and magic is gone from the second season, in favor of moving the plot along, but series creator Dan Knauf was so adept at his craft that he never allowed the series to become ho-hum and typical like other network series that delve into fantasy and science fiction.

What ultimately killed this series was two-fold. 1. It lost viewers who didn't want to be bothered with trying to figure the mystery out instead of having it handed to them on a platter and 2. executives who lost their vision as to what the show stood for and didn't recognize the art for what it was.

This show has created a cult following matched by few others in it's genre. True fans who cry out for more while keeping the vision alive in our minds. Hopefully one day our wishes will be fulfilled, but until then we have memories and two excellant seasons to enjoy.
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There has never been a show that has had such an impact on me like HBO's "Carnivale." You can only imagine the heartbreak I went through when I found out that the show would not be renewed for another season. In a world where there is so much pointless garbage on TV with no substance, no emotion and no thinking behind it (again, this is not always a bad thing), it was refreshing to see something that challenged us to the core like "Carnivale" did. At long last, the second season has found its home on DVD.

It's hard to describe such a show without giving too much away, but I will do my best. The first season left off with Ben Hawkins (an unlikely savior and healer) and Brother Justin (a man who once served religion has now found his place along darkness and an ultimate evil)finally realizing their path in life and knowing who they really are. Ben is scared and instructed by the mysterious Management on what he has to do in order to prevent the end of the world as we know it, but Ben is not so sure who is using him and who he can trust. Yet, he knows that the key to the final battle between good and evil is his father, Henry Scudder. The problem is that Brother Justin is also looking for Scudder, as he has some terrible, awful plans of his own for the world. These two are states away, but finally they will meet and the fate of the world ultimately depends on who ends up coming up on top. And that's only a part of the overwhelming and forceful epic that is known as "Carnivale."

The second season is much more darker and unsettling than the first, and it never slows down. As good as the first season was, the pace was very slow--but it had to be in order to set the pieces into place. A lot of things that didn't make sense in the first season will come to light in this one.
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Carnivale is such an amazing show. I ran out immediately and bought the $100 season one as soon as it became available and watched the entire season in one sitting on a Sunday morning prior to the premier of season two. Delving into the first season like this opened up some mysteries to me, and unlocked some clues that I had the luxury of being validated in the first episode of season two.

Season Two answered a lot of these burning questions, it raised the stakes of the looming confrontation, it threw in some intriguing twists, and finally gave us an amazing pay-off at the end. The problem is, is that there is still so much more of the story that needs to be told and this fascinating saga is no where near completed.

One of the biggest mistakes HBO has ever made was to cancel this series in the heart of its story-telling. Since they've done that, I have done everything in my power to distance myself from their programming. How can the company expect a decent amount in DVD sales when the price they decide to charge is obscene? Most consumers immediately realize that they can take their $100 and turn around and buy a 24 episode season of some hit show, and at LEAST three full length feature movies for the same price. Especially in this world of pirated and downloadable media; it appears that HBO is rather naive and making some bad business decisions on bogus data.

Regardless of HBO, I will definitely be purchasing this long awaited Season Two of Carnivale on 7/18/2006 and preparing myself for another marathon of watching the enthralling saga play out one final time.
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This is by far what I consider to be the BEST series HBO has ever produced. While some say the first season moved too slow, the second season took off and your feet would never touch the ground again. By now everyone knows the plot. The great depression, battle of good versus evil in a supernatural battle for world domination, all set around a traveling group of rag-tag carnies going from city to city just to exist. Each member with a secret and each fitting into a perfect 3D puzzle. Thrust into this, the great satan of Brother Justin and the reluctant Ben Hawkins who does not want to face up to his destiny. Even the final battle was not the end. Season three would have been just as mind blowing if not for the rocket scientists who run HBO.

Despite the huge campaign, those same people have ignored the great hue and cry to resurrect the series. Much in the same mind frame as NBC executives in 1968 when Star Trek was cancelled. Personally, I cancelled my subscription to HBO and have never looked back. For anyone into Stephen King, see this and realize just how inadequate the "master" is when compared to a really great gothic horror series. Hopefully, another network will pick this up and allow the cast and crew to once again put some quality back on the small screen.
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