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14. Worst decision
I think the end of Scudder’s storyline in Season 2 was incredibly anticlimactic. The search for Scudder was one of the driving points of the entire series and his fate is being unceremoniously decapitated by Brother Justin from the backseat of a car. At minimum an actual confrontation between the two would have been more satisfying.
On a broader scale, I would point to HBO’s executive meddling. To get an example of how they thought, remember the scene where Balthus shoots at Justin and misses? The original ending called for Iris to do the laundry and finding a bullet hole. The implication being, of course, that Balthus had succeeded in shooting Justin… it just had no effect. This was to foreshadow the eventual confrontation between Ben and Justin with the blade deflecting off of Justin’s chest until Ben is reminded that he must plunge at the center of Justin’s heart.
HBO vetoed this. Their reason? It made Justin “too much like Superman”.

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14. Worst decision

I think the end of Scudder’s storyline in Season 2 was incredibly anticlimactic. The search for Scudder was one of the driving points of the entire series and his fate is being unceremoniously decapitated by Brother Justin from the backseat of a car. At minimum an actual confrontation between the two would have been more satisfying.

On a broader scale, I would point to HBO’s executive meddling. To get an example of how they thought, remember the scene where Balthus shoots at Justin and misses? The original ending called for Iris to do the laundry and finding a bullet hole. The implication being, of course, that Balthus had succeeded in shooting Justin… it just had no effect. This was to foreshadow the eventual confrontation between Ben and Justin with the blade deflecting off of Justin’s chest until Ben is reminded that he must plunge at the center of Justin’s heart.

HBO vetoed this. Their reason? It made Justin “too much like Superman”.

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13. Least favorite character
I don’t hate Ben Hawkins by any means, but I do think he suffers from what I call ‘Jack Shephard syndrome’ in that the protagonist is the least interesting character compared to the rest of the cast. I do feel that as the series progresses he becomes more interesting but at the same time there’s only so many ways you can handle the ‘reluctant savior with special abilities drafted into a war of good and evil’.

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13. Least favorite character

I don’t hate Ben Hawkins by any means, but I do think he suffers from what I call ‘Jack Shephard syndrome’ in that the protagonist is the least interesting character compared to the rest of the cast. I do feel that as the series progresses he becomes more interesting but at the same time there’s only so many ways you can handle the ‘reluctant savior with special abilities drafted into a war of good and evil’.

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12. How would you convert someone to your show?
At this point? I would say that while it was prematurely cancelled and ends on somewhat off a cliffhanger, there’s still a sense of closure and it’s ‘only’ twenty-four episodes (less than most seasons on regular channels) so it’s not as if you’d have to devote a lot of time to it.

I guess it would depend on what they are interested in but I’d say if they’re a fan of serialized storytelling with complex characters and an interesting mythology they should give it a shot. It’s certainly not for everyone but at the same time I think those willing to give it a shot will find their patience rewarded.

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12. How would you convert someone to your show?

At this point? I would say that while it was prematurely cancelled and ends on somewhat off a cliffhanger, there’s still a sense of closure and it’s ‘only’ twenty-four episodes (less than most seasons on regular channels) so it’s not as if you’d have to devote a lot of time to it.

I guess it would depend on what they are interested in but I’d say if they’re a fan of serialized storytelling with complex characters and an interesting mythology they should give it a shot. It’s certainly not for everyone but at the same time I think those willing to give it a shot will find their patience rewarded.

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11. An unpopular/cracky opinion you hold.
Even by the end of Season 2 when Justin had fully gone off the slippery slope I still had hope that in the future Justin would be able to ‘redeem’ himself. But who knows, even Daniel Knauf said Justin’s inner struggle wasn’t over.

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11. An unpopular/cracky opinion you hold.

Even by the end of Season 2 when Justin had fully gone off the slippery slope I still had hope that in the future Justin would be able to ‘redeem’ himself. But who knows, even Daniel Knauf said Justin’s inner struggle wasn’t over.

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10. Favorite ship
Well I already did Ben and Sofie earlier, so after them it’d be Sofie and Libby. I liked their storyline quite a bit and was disappointed that it was mostly dropped in Season 2.

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10. Favorite ship

Well I already did Ben and Sofie earlier, so after them it’d be Sofie and Libby. I liked their storyline quite a bit and was disappointed that it was mostly dropped in Season 2.

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9. Favorite photo/screenshot
It would have to be this screenshot from Season 2. I love the composition and color.

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9. Favorite photo/screenshot

It would have to be this screenshot from Season 2. I love the composition and color.

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8. Favorite fanwork
From what I can tell there’s not a whole lot of Carnivale fan art out there, unfortunately. Here’s one I like: ‘Terrible Memory' from Pojypojy at Deviantart, depicting the trainwreck where Justin and Iris's mother died.

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8. Favorite fanwork

From what I can tell there’s not a whole lot of Carnivale fan art out there, unfortunately. Here’s one I like: ‘Terrible Memory' from Pojypojy at Deviantart, depicting the trainwreck where Justin and Iris's mother died.

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7. Most romantic moment?
I don’t have a specific moment in mind (I suppose their sex scene in the car together could count, although I liked their other reactions) but Ben and Sofie were my OTP throughout the show.

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7. Most romantic moment?

I don’t have a specific moment in mind (I suppose their sex scene in the car together could count, although I liked their other reactions) but Ben and Sofie were my OTP throughout the show.

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6. Best title sequence

Only one to choose from but it’s a great one. I particularly like the shot of the little girl transforming into the painting of St. Michael.