This image capture tells you everything likely wrong with CARNIVAL ROW in one frustrating moment.

What we’re going to get: a ham-handed Victorian dystopia where the Bad Guys were hit with the Idiot Stick five billion times in order to keep them from doing a few simple things that would have been obvious, but also would have keep them from creating the precise dystopia that could later be used to create dull, slanted, yet hyper-topical social commentary about our times. (Sprinkle ‘presumably’ and ‘probably’ in the previous sentence, where needed.)

What we could have gotten: Fantasy steampunk Cthulhu.

Now I’m pissed. I was assuming that whoever’s doing CARNIVAL ROW just didn’t have a clue, OK? It wasn’t entirely their fault, really: they had an idea, didn’t know what to do with it, so they messed it all up. But a clip like this shows me that the creative team could conceive of the concept of Gaslight Cthulhu; and then they decided that running with that would be less interesting than Oh, noes, they won’t let any of the faerie fly.


Moe Lane

PS: At this point, I’m waiting for somebody I trust to come in and confirm for me that this show WASN’T crap before I’ll watch it. And I’m the damned target demographic!


  • Phil Smith says:

    Saw a long preview at the movies last night, and ummmm … the makeup effects look pretty good.

    BTW, Hobbs and Shaw was a blast. Dumb, physically impossible, rollicking entertainment.

  • nicklevi86 says:

    The online trailers lead with the conflict tagline: “Different is Dangerous.”
    I fully expect this to go full SJW ret*rd.

  • nicklevi86 says:

    The lead tagline in the Twitch/YT trailers is “Different is Dangerous.”
    I fully expect this to [completely violate this blogs posting guidelines.]

  • jeboyle says:


    I’ve been waiting at least since the publication of Chaosium’s Cthulhu by Gaslight for something like this and…dang but that’s disappointing.

    Hobbs & Shaw sounds promising though.

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