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30. Best fight

Definitely the fight between Ben and Justin. From the moment where Justin pursues Ben into the cornfields and we flash back to Ben’s dreams of being similarly followed by the “Tattooed Man” from the beginning of the series my heart was racing. 

This was of course intended to be the first battle in an ongoing war and wasn’t intended to be the ‘final’ confrontation between the two (both Ben and Justin were to survive the fight, but left weakened by their wounds). I suppose had this been the *end* of the story it might be a little anticlimactic for Ben and Justin to only meet up briefly but taking it as the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the other, it’s definitely a great moment.

For all the talks of slow pace and nothing happening in Carnivale, I would point to this episode and the second season in general; the revelation of Management, the finding of Scudder and the battle between Ben and Justin. As stated earlier, compare that to Lost and how long it took to find out who Jacob was and what was up with the Smoke Monster. 

And with this we close out on my ‘30 Days of Carnivale’. I hope fans of the show liked revisiting it and if only one person checked out the show because of this, then all the better.

Let’s shake some dust!

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29. Favorite location
Babylon. Just a very creepy place… a ghost town by day, actual ghosts by night. And did I mention the abandoned mine? Brrr…

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29. Favorite location

Babylon. Just a very creepy place… a ghost town by day, actual ghosts by night. And did I mention the abandoned mine? Brrr…

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28. Least favorite episode
If I had to pick it would be “Hot and Bothered”. Nothing sticks out, it’s just an episode that I find to be meh. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Cooch family/love quadrangle subplot either.

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28. Least favorite episode

If I had to pick it would be “Hot and Bothered”. Nothing sticks out, it’s just an episode that I find to be meh. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Cooch family/love quadrangle subplot either.

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27. Favourite non-romantic OTP
Justin and Iris had a very twisted, very interesting relationship. The second season subdued some of that but it was still fascinating to watch.


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27. Favourite non-romantic OTP

Justin and Iris had a very twisted, very interesting relationship. The second season subdued some of that but it was still fascinating to watch.

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26. Favorite quote(s)

Nothing specific comes to mind but this scene has a great performance from Clancy Brown (as usual).

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25. Best weapon
Brother Justin’s scythe was pretty badass.


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25. Best weapon

Brother Justin’s scythe was pretty badass.

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24. Best scene involving eating/drinking
The scene where Tommy Dolan grills the waitress on the deaths of the children in the ministry fire is particularly effective. Robert Knepper does great acting as he describes the sight of the burnt corpses while cutting through the steak for effect, giving the audience a grisly image without actually showing it. 

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24. Best scene involving eating/drinking

The scene where Tommy Dolan grills the waitress on the deaths of the children in the ministry fire is particularly effective. Robert Knepper does great acting as he describes the sight of the burnt corpses while cutting through the steak for effect, giving the audience a grisly image without actually showing it. 

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23. Talk about the music

Not much for me to say, except that Jeff Beal’s work on the show was fantastic. Here’s a sample.

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22. Best season finale
Hands down it’s “New Canaan, CA”. This was a game changer in every sense of the word. The entire series had been building up to a confrontation between Ben and Justin. Reading reviews from the first season, many anticipated this to be something that would occur years down the line; to have it at the end of the second season was a huge shock. 

And to think, if this had happened this early on, imagine what would have happened next?

It’s still bittersweet watching it knowing that we’ll never get a third season (some people are still hopeful but I’m not holding my breath) but on the bright side it at least gives some sense of closure; this was intended to be the end of the first “book” and the third season would have picked up years down the line, so it’s more satisfying than something abrupt would have been.

30 Days of Carnivale

22. Best season finale

Hands down it’s “New Canaan, CA”. This was a game changer in every sense of the word. The entire series had been building up to a confrontation between Ben and Justin. Reading reviews from the first season, many anticipated this to be something that would occur years down the line; to have it at the end of the second season was a huge shock. 

And to think, if this had happened this early on, imagine what would have happened next?

It’s still bittersweet watching it knowing that we’ll never get a third season (some people are still hopeful but I’m not holding my breath) but on the bright side it at least gives some sense of closure; this was intended to be the end of the first “book” and the third season would have picked up years down the line, so it’s more satisfying than something abrupt would have been.

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21. Best series opener
"Milfay" does a pretty good job IMO at setting up the show’s world and the characters that inhabit it. It’s a bit of a slow burn but then again most of the first season is.

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21. Best series opener

"Milfay" does a pretty good job IMO at setting up the show’s world and the characters that inhabit it. It’s a bit of a slow burn but then again most of the first season is.