At the end of episode one another Critch, the name given to the immigrants, was killed, brutally, her guts pulled from her insides. She was a former famous singer and Philo (Bloom) takes a specific interest in the killing, despite the usual walls he runs into.
Stonemoss (Delevingne), meanwhile is working off her debts at a well to do house. The lady of the house, Imogen Spurnrose, Tamzin Merchant (“Supergirl (TV)”, “Jane Eyre”), is upset that a Critch has purchased the house opposite.
This Critch, David Gyasi (“Annihilation”, “Interstellar”), is a well to do Critch though. He has money, fine clothes and humans as servants, the Spurnrose’s, Imogen and her brother Ezra, Andrew Gower (“Outlander (TV)”, “The Village (TV)”), have Critch’s as servants.
Her outrage at this Critch, who is also black, is a very obvious nod to the outrage rich white people feel when a black man moves in on their street. Just ask most rappers who talk about this often.
Stonemoss, after being harassed by Ezra in the house, runs away and ends up with a group of Critch mercenaries who task her with taking a flag from the police station to prove herself.
As the Spurnrose’s report Stonemoss missing, Philo visits them and pays off her debt, which is apparently a lot on a policeman’s salary, but pay it he does.
There’s also a kidnapping that has occurred as Jonah Breakspeare, Arty Froushan (“Knightfall (TV)”, “Helena (Short)”), has been taken. Jonah is the son of a council member Absalom, Jared Harris (“Chernobyl (TV)”, “Allied“), and has a penchant for Fae’s or fairies.
We are also introduced to witch’s, some of the Critch have power, they see things that the humans do not.
At the end of the episode Philo and Stonemoss come face-to-face again, because you didn’t see that coming did you, as she steals the flag from the police station.
As they are face-to-face, Stonemoss threatens to reveal Philo’s secret which, at this point, couldn’t be more obvious but just in case you don’t know at this point, I won’t spoil it.
In my review of episode one I said that Carnival Row needed more to it than just to be a voice in the world of immigration. Unfortunately, and I realise this is just two episodes in of nine, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting anything like that.
So far, Carnival Row is slow, uninspiring and has done little with what looks like a fantastic world that’s been created.