Carnival Row Premiere Recap: Do You Believe in Amazon's Faerie Tale?

TVLine | 8/30/2019 | Matt Webb Mitovich
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Amazon this Friday invited you to Carnival Row, an enclave where faeries and other fantastical “critch” live among humans, though as lesser others. Will you stick around for the already renewed drama’s eight-episode freshman run?

The highly ambitious, special effects-heavy series opened with a prologue in which we learned that the “fae” (assorted mythological creatures) were getting on just fine in their homeland until “the empires of man arrived and warred for control of its riches.” The Republic of the Burge eventually withdrew from said conflict, leaving the fae in the hands of their iron-fisted rivals, The Pact.

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Cut to “now” and cue the introduction of Vignette Stonemoss (played by Cara Delevingne), a faerie who’s in the midst of trying to lead fellow refugees out of the Pact-occupied land of Anoun, and get them all to a ship on which she has secured passage to the Burge. Alas, every single one of Vignette’s charges are stopped or slaughtered by arriving Pact troops, leaving her to slip off to the ship by herself. On board, as Vignette speaks with one of the fae picked up from a previous stop, we see that she carries with her a book, inside of which is a photo of a Burgeish soldier she (ahem) knew from the war, but alas died. That night, the ship is pummeled by a winter storm that drowns all of its passengers — save for Vignette, who is later found washed up on the coastline of The Burge.

The photo Vignette had been toting, seen now floating in the sea, dissolves into a passenger aboard a Burge commuter train — detective Rycroft Philostrate (played by Orlando Bloom). As he treads through Carnival Row, a section of town to which “critch” are largely confined, “Philo” is shown to be sympathetic to the refugees. Philo...
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