Something inhuman approaches: Carnival Row and the fight against intolerance and darkness

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Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Delevingne (Suicide Squad) star in Carnival Row, a series set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. This growing population struggles to coexist with humans — forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row. (synopsis via The Nerdist)

We live, very sadly, in an increasingly intolerant world.

Despite all the openness and exposure to different people and new ideas that the digital age offers, too many people seem to be retreating into polarised camps, unwilling or unable to see the world from another’s point of view.

This is why shows like Carnival Row are so important.

Using a healthy dose of magical realism and mystery, the eight-episode show examines what happens when mystical creatures co-exist alongside humanity who has a lamentable propensity to yield to fear ahead of acceptance.

Against an increasingly intolerant backdrop, what hope does idealism have?

We will no doubt find out when Carnival Row premieres on Amazon Prime on 30 August.

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