Carnival Row: Season 1, Episode 7 “The World To Come” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Agreus and Imogen looking at one another.
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Philo’s father has been revealed, just as it seems he faces death, and Imogen seems to have picked up her father’s habits in sympathy for fae.

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Director(s) Jon Amiel
Writer(s) Peter Cameron
Air Date 8/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Constable Berwick Waj Ali
Magistrate Flute Mark Lewis Jones

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Watch The World Burn & Be Part Of Its Rebuild: Runyan, Sophie, Jonah

Sophie is intentionally sowing chaos. She seemingly wants war, or destruction, for it is clear to her there is no fixing what her father and Jonah’s made or maintained. It has to be dismantled and a new world rebuilt. An idea Jonah doesn’t necessarily jump at since he doesn’t really want to do politics. Hell, when Runyan, out of sheer luck, in terms of pay, but unlucky, considering who he is assigned to tutor, comes into his life, he tries to threaten him with destitution.

Yet, Runyan somehow breaks through to Jonah in a way neither his father nor mother ever did. He pushes him to not live off his family name and really reads him for filth. Which leads to him wanting to join Sophie in what she is doing and, because teachers never get the credit they deserve, he says it is because of Sophie he wants to do more with his life now.

Beauty & The Beast: Imogen, Agreus, Ezra

Ezra, by no means, is comfortable with how often Imogen and Agreus are together, so he is doing his best to plan for an endgame. The problem is, Imogen and Agreus may be in love. At first, it seems merely to be lust, as they have sex with one another. However, she spends time with him now without pretense or for appearances, and it pushes the idea there is something beyond her initial impression. And as much as he, at first, wasn’t comfortable, it seems he is willing to give in and fall in love.

Does The Truth Ever Set A Person Free – Outside Of Their Mind?: Philo, Vignette, Ms. Fyfe, Sargent Dombley, Constable Berwick, Magistrate Flute

Constable Berwick (Waj Ali) warning Philo that members of the force may try to kill him.

Philo is in jail, and it is Ms. Fyfe’s fault. Which, by her showing up and trying to recant her statement, it seems she regrets what she said. But after beating up a bunch of guys, and reconnecting with Vignette, who is also locked up, he owns who he is. Which is a bit of a problem since him being a half-blood means some of the highest officers of the city, for years, didn’t discover him. It makes them look very incompetent, so Sargent Dombley is talking about killing Philo to avoid a trial and any embarrassment. Which, because he knows the Magistrate would likely allow this, Constable Berwick warns Philo. However, a warning doesn’t stop a bag from being put over his head and him being taken to some secluded house where Absalom, strangely, await him. Pushing the idea that he is Philo’s father.



The Slow Burn When It Comes To The Show’s Romance

What you have to appreciate is that, while this show’s selling point isn’t the romance between characters, there is a notable investment there. With Imogen and Agreus, the writers took their time, and while Philo and Vignette did have a hot and heavy beginning, in terms of the reconciliation, they didn’t just jump in. Through actions, Philo proved he is no longer the man Vignette once knew, and he is willing to fight for her and beside her now. That is alongside own who he is for rejecting that half of himself is, in a way, like rejecting her. Presenting the idea that it isn’t just his lack of wings but a desire to live in a privileged world as why he was passing. If not a sense of self-hatred or shame since, up until recently, he didn’t really know who he was.

Low Point

Where Is The Black Raven Group?

They don’t storm an auction which is selling heirlooms from their homeland? One of their own is locked up for trying to stop people from treating their history as a tourist attraction, and there is no attempt to break her out? Are you kidding me? Where is bad ass Dahlia and the rest? Or is it they were the ones who smuggled all that over and that’s why they aren’t getting involved? Never mind Vignette not mentioning them and her having sudden amnesia.

The Hidden God Angle Remains Uninteresting

You got two random characters, who haven’t been established enough to say who is who, talking about lore which isn’t fleshed out with visuals, just people talking. How are people supposed to get invested in this? Honestly.

On The Fence

So About How Much Imogen Has Changed

Character development is always a good thing. It’s just, the way this show’s timeline seems to be, Imogen going from someone who seems deeply racist and conservative to making love to someone of a different species seems like a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I like this new Imogen. However, It’s hard to believe a person’s way of thinking can be wiped out by enjoying hanging out with someone, as far as we have seen, two to three times. With the other times being awkward and Imogen being dressed down by Agreus.

There Is Something About The Drama Of This Show Which Doesn’t Hit As It Should

Magistrate Flute (Mark Lewis Jones) looking upset.

This is a show with multiple murders, sex workers, a person discovering their mother, a rekindling romance, racism, classism, sexism, police brutality, political drama, and so much more, yet none of it feels heavy. Why is that? What’s the problem here? Is it just the tone is off, considering what happens, or because the story doesn’t have a book proceeding it? Thus allowing the actors to make the characters their own, they are more so being themselves than these beings who live in a rather dark fantasy world? I can’t pinpoint what feels off but a part of me strongly feels there should be more oomph to all that is going on.

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Season 1 (Storylines & Major Arcs)
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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 4 "The Joining of Unlike Things"As a name is given to the beast which haunts the shadows, Agreus makes a deal with Imogen and Vignette is put in a life or death situation.
Director(s) Thor Freudenthal, Anna Foerster
Writer(s) Travis Beacham, Marc Guggenheim, Peter Cameron
Air Date 8/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ritter Longerbane Ronan Vibert
Sophie Caroline Ford
Hamlyn Dejan Bucin
Mima Sawsaan Mina Andala
  • A Life For A Life: Mima Sawsaan, Haruspex, Philo
  • It’s Politics: Piety, Jonah, Ritter, Sophie, Absalom, Imogen, Ezra, Agreus
  • For The Love Of You: Ms. Fyfe, Philo, Vignette, Tourmaline, Dahlia, Hamlyn
Season 1, Episode 3 "Kingdoms of the Moon"We come to learn how Vignette and Philo met, a grave secret he and Darius hold, and see the final days of the war.
Director(s) Anna Foerster
Writer(s) Travis Beacham
Air Date 8/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Darius Ariyon Bakare
Mima Roosan Badria Timimi
  • The Young Woman Who Watches Over The Books: Mima Roosan, Vignette, Philo
  • The Secrets A Man Holds: Philo, Vignette, Darius
  • Was It The End Or A Long Pause?: Vignette, Philo, Tourmaline, Mima Roosan
Season 1, Episode 2 "Aisling"As a formerly famous pixie is found brutally murdered, Philo finds himself a new case as Vignette decides the Spurnrose household isn’t for her.
Director(s) Thor Freudenthal
Writer(s) René Echevarria
Air Date 8/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Aisling Erika Starkova
Afissa Tracey Wilkinson
Absalom Jared Harris
Jonah Arty Froushan
Piety Indira Varma
Haruspex Alice Krige
Sylvanus Wil Johnson
Tourmaline Karla Crome
Dahlia Chlie Pirrie
  • A Missing Son: Absalom, Jonah, Piety, Haruspex
  • A Dead Pix: Aisling, Philo, Sylvanus
  • It’s Hard To Move Forward When You Keep Looking Back: Philo, Vignette, Ezra, Imogen, Tourmaline, Agreus, Dahlia
Season 1, Episode 1 "Some Dark God Wakes" [Series Premiere]Carnival Row may begin with a gorgeous, complex world with varied creatures, but the beauty fades when anything is put under a microscope.
Director(s) Thor Freudenthal
Writer(s) Travis Beacham, René Echevarria
Air Date 8/30/2019
Genre(s) Fantasy
Good If You Like
  • Shows With Large Worlds & Large Casts
  • Victorian Era Shows, With A Slight Steampunk Vibe
  • A Dash Of Romance, But It Not Likely Being The Selling Feature
  • Possibly Episodic Stories
Introduced This Episode
Rycroft Philostrate Orlando Bloom
Vignette Cara Delevingne
Portia Fyfe Maeve Dermody
Imogen Tamzin Merchant
Ezra Andrew Gower
Agreus David Gyasi
Unseelie Jack Matthew Gravelle
Season 1, Episode 5 "Grieve No More"The truth behind Philo’s parentage is revealed as things begin to come to a boil in Imogen and Absalom’s life.
Director(s) Andy Goddard
Writer(s) Ian Deitchman, Kristin Robinson
Air Date 8/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Dr. Mornage Gregory Gudgeon
Runyan Simon McBurney
Young Philo Ilian Gergisak
Young Aisling Veronika Mackova
  • How Low Our Family Has Fallen: Ezra, Imogen, Agreus
  • Never Underestimate A Longerbane: Sophie, Jonah, Piety, Absalom
  • A Mother’s Lullaby: Young Aisling, Young Philo, Philo, Runyan, Dr. Mornage
Season 1, Episode 6 "Unaccompanied Fae"Philo reveals a secret which will cause many, including him, trouble. Which coincides with Sophie revealing her secret, and Imogen coming to a realization.
Director(s) Andy Goddard
Writer(s) Stephanie K. Smith
Air Date 8/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Quill Scott Reid
Cabal Theo Barklem-Biggs
Sargent Dombey Jamie Harris
  • Pity Those Who Underestimate Us: Sophie, Absalom, Jonah
  • A World Of Treasures & A Shocking Realization: Vignette, Imogen, Agreus
  • Be Wary Of Who You Trust: Ms. Fyfe, Philo, Runyan, Afissa, Sargent Dombey
Season 1, Episode 7 "The World To Come"Philo’s father has been revealed, just as it seems he faces death, and Imogen seems to have picked up her father’s habits in sympathy for fae.
Director(s) Jon Amiel
Writer(s) Peter Cameron
Air Date 8/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Constable Berwick Waj Ali
Magistrate Flute Mark Lewis Jones
  • Watch The World Burn & Be Part Of Its Rebuild: Runyan, Sophie, Jonah
  • Beauty & The Beast: Imogen, Agreus, Ezra
  • Does The Truth Ever Set A Person Free – Outside Of Their Mind?: Philo, Vignette, Ms. Fyfe, Sargent Dombley, Constable Berwick, Magistrate Flute
Season 1, Episode 8 "The Gloaming" [Season Finale]In the season finale, the controller of the Darkasher is revealed, as well as who the real mastermind behind the events of season 1.
Director(s) Jon Amiel
Writer(s) Travis Beacham
Air Date 8/30/2019
  • A Love Like This Does Not Come Every day: Imogen, Agreus, Ezra
  • Many Secrets Revealed: Piety, Absalom, Jonah, Sophie, Philo, Haruspex
  • The Prophecy Holds True: Jonah, Vignette, Philo, Sophie, Piety

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