When it comes to video streaming services, Netflix is king, followed closely by Hulu. Lost somewhere in the shuffle are Showtime, HBO and Amazon, which only gain real relevance when they are able to muster up a unique show that grabs everyone’s attention (Game of Thrones, for example). Otherwise, they never really hit my radar.
Despite not having as many classics as Netflix or TV shows as Hulu, Showtime, Amazon and HBO have one very special aspect to them: they’re loaded with money. This means they’re able and willing to take chances on shows others aren’t, hoping to luck into another Game of Thrones type show. While probably not as good as Game of Thrones, the new show being brought to Amazon Video this Labor Day, Carnival Row, looks like it might be one of those rare shows that makes the service worth using.
Based in Victorian England, the story follows a Faerie and a Human who seemingly fall in love amidst some sort of war. When the war finally comes to an end, they are separated and each return to their homes. Until the Faerie, played by Cara Delevingne, goes in search of the human, played by Orlando Bloom. From there, the trailer treats us to a very steampunk-esque world featuring airships, Faeries, Satyrs, Centaurs, rail trains and more as the world tries to cope with the idea of the fantastical being real.
Tensions run high, crime between humans and fantastical creatures turns violent and as Oralndo Bloom navigates this world, he seems to be playing the role of a detective trying to hunt down someone killing fae. It’s all campy and cheesy in the best of ways, leaning into tropes enough to be interesting without coming off as too cliched or overdone. Like Netflix’s Bright, but not quite as ridiculous looking with a dash of Penny Dreadful on top.
Whether this turns out to be what Bright was going for done right, or even half as good as what Penny Dreadful turned out to be is still to be seen. Luckily we won’t have to wait long as its releasing on Amazon Prime video this Labor Day weekend.
Caleb Edwards is a senior studying professional writing with a focus in editing and publishing. When he isn’t working or writing you can find him tending his fish, taking care of his cats and dogs or trying to find free time that he can waste (there never is any). You can follow him on Twitter @CEdwardsSam or find him at his website CalebMEdwards.com.