This is a spoiler-free review for the first season of Amazon's Carnival Row, which is now airing worldwide on Amazon Prime.
Be forewarned as you enter the vast world of Amazon's Carnival Row: its greatest strength – its ambitious target, Sweeping Scale, is also its greatest weakness.
Meticulously realized by the creators Travis Beacham (who developed the idea as a script specification that appeared in 2005 in The Blacklist, Hollywood's repository of the best non-produced scripts) and René Echevarria. With the support of co-producer Marc Guggenheim, Carnival Row tries to do a lot of different things with varying degrees of success.
Just for starters, it's a time-lapse thriller reminiscent of The Alienist. a neo-Victorian fantasy full of supernatural creatures like Penny Dreadful; a curvy political saga with Game of Thrones nuances; and a Downton Abbey-like study of class and racial differences ̵
 It's all set against the backdrop of a city based The Burgue (where the eponymous carnival series resides), a powder keg created by the increasing hostility between the local human population and the supernatural creatures of the refugees – including fairies, faunas, centaurs and goblins – on the verge of an explosion was ousted by the wars of the people. The show has many bows for these fantastic beasts (fairies called "pix", fauns "pucks" and all non-human creatures are called "critch"), so in the early episodes you need to pay special attention to it all species and political affiliation remain in order.
But despite its high ambitions, the all-round approach undercuts some of Carnival Row's main themes, and you might want the supernatural In the fantasy series, a track was simply selected instead of the entire road run over. But his experimentalism makes it stand out, as it reminds us of many other fantasy projects that have come into being and evolved in the developmental phase – there is really nothing better than Carnival Row on TV at the moment.
At the heart of The Series is a love story between a fairy refugee, Cara Delevingne's spectacularly named Vignette Stonemoss, and a Burgundian detective, Orlando Bloom's Rycroft Philostrate ("Philo," thank God). The couple has a turbulent history, but their paths intersect years after their last encounter, when Vignette arrives on the Row, where Philo is a local police inspector investigating a series of murders. Delevingne is perfectly cast as the spiky and resilient freedom fighter of the fairies, and while Bloom has little to do in the early episodes except scowling, his role deepens in a fascinating way as the show continues.