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Only a few eps left in Season 1 and I still don't get what the frak is going on with Carnivale. The sad thing is, from browsing about online I pretty much know that the answers never will come, even if I watch all the episodes. Apparently the creator played this show incredibly close to the vest, no doubt assuming that HBO would let him have his whole 6 year run. Cut down to a third of that, the characters might as well be speaking swahili for the amount of sense they're making. I could really use some exposition at this point. If it weren't for the fact that it came so heavily recommended, I'd have tossed this series by the wayside by now. Certainly I never could have watched it week by week during its run knowing that each new episode will fail to bring illumination.

On a sidenote, can anyone believe that Diane Salinger actually picked up a paycheck for her role as Apollonia? That must be the cushiest acting job ever. All she has to do each episode is stare at the ceiling and look retarded.

In other news, I'm looking forward to gameday at the Panera this week. A new game order arrived around a week ago and included some gems that I've been dying to try out. I've taken the time to work my way through the instructions and I'm hoping that everything goes over well. First and foremost, I want to give Fury of Dracula a whirl. It's a reprint of an old Games Workshop game from around 15-20 years ago and takes place after the events of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Apparently the good Count is alive and kicking and trying to escape the hunters who are after him. The game has a really unique cat and mouse feature where the Hunters almost never know for certain exactly where Dracula is. Instead, they can only track him by stumbling over his backtrail and the encounters that he leaves behind. It becomes like a game of fox and hounds with some combat thrown in.

In addition to Fury of Dracula, I'm looking forward to trying out a couple of others including Through the Desert, El Grande, and Dungeon Twister. All are very highly rated and recommended and I can't wait to give it a whirl. With time constaints, we'll probaly only get through a couple but it's past time I started actually playing some of these games rather than just accumilating them.
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Carnivale: First Impressions

Two episodes of carnivale down and I'm doing my best to withhold judgement and keep bulling through because I have an impression the show is going to be pretty kickass. It's just so complicated with backstory and things unseen that it's going to take it a while before things start synching up and becomming clear. Until that happens though, it's like slogging through nonsensical crap.

It is similar to wonderfalls in a way though in a more concentrated form. Wonderfuls was a humorous WTF? sort of show while Carnivale is a completely serious WTF? show. You sort of get the impression watching the latter that it shouldn't be a tv show at all, and that tv as a medium could never give it the full palate it deserves. Instead, this is the sort of plot and story that almost demands novelization, and multiple books at that. It just seems like it's too grand an epic to ever be told on video.

Searching around it seems that the creator intended for this show to run 6 seasons in sets of 3 books consisting of two seasons each. He only managed to get the first set out before the entire show was given the axe. I don't know WTF is up with HBO lately in that they seem to start these epic dramas with multi-year storylines only to drop the fuckers partway through. It's sorta pissing me off and I can only imagine how much it must've infuriated tv monkeys who actually watched these programs weekly as it was coming out. At least I can get it on demand and in one shot if I want.