Sep. 14, 2003
60 min.
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Into each generation is born a creature of light and a creature of darkness... Carnivàl is set in the United States during the Great Depression. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching story depicts the battle between good and evil and the struggle between free will and destiny; the storyline mixes Christian theology with gnosticism and Masonic lore.

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Brother Justin Crowe

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Clarence J. "Clancy" Brown III (born January 5, 1959) is an American actor and voice actor. ...

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Occupation: Methodist minister

Personality type: Ambitious, tempted

Signature style: Sitting with folded hands

Seen by others as: Godly, frightening

Weaknesses: Lust

Strengths: Self-confidence

Brother Justin Crowe backstory: Justin and his sister, Iris, were raised by Reverend Norman Balthus, who found them as orphaned immigrant children in the wilderness and took them as his own. Justin joined the Methodist Church under the tutelage of his adoptive parent, and he and his sister continued to live together, ministering to the people of Mintern, California.

Brother Justin Crowe, portrayed by Clancy Brown and others, is the antagonist in Carnivàle; reviewers also saw in him a possible alternate protagonist. Brother Justin is introduced as a Methodist minister who resides with his sister Iris in the small town of Mintern, California. As the series reveals in later episodes, Justin and Iris were raised in the care of Reverend Norman Balthus, who had found them as orphaned immigrant children in the wilderness. Following strange visions and supernatural abilities in the pilot episode, Brother Justin erects a church in his God's name. But after a fire in his new ministry leads him almost to suicide, Brother Justin is hospitalized in a sanatarium and discovers his ability to manipulate and control those around him through sheer force of will. Shortly after Brother Justin's return to Mintern, Norman suspects his foster son to be possessed by a demon and confronts him, but Brother Justin is not disturbed by his true nature for long. In the beginning of season 2, Brother Justin has begun to gather a huge flock of worshippers of mostly migrants and Okies outside Mintern via his nightly radio sermons and newfound abilities of persuasion. A scholar named Wilfred Talbot Smith identifies him as the Usher and tells him that, in order to gain his full measure of power and fulfill his destiny, he must find and kill a man named Henry Scudder. While escaped convict Varlyn Stroud helps Brother Justin, the Crowes find a new chambermaid in ex-carny Sofie, not knowing that she is Brother Justin's daughter. Brother Justin at long last meets his adversary, Ben, in the final episode of the series. Brother Justin is killed in a battle in a cornfield near his home, but Sofie as the Omega arrives and places her hands on his chest, causing the corn stalks around them to wither and fall away.

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02x02 - Alamogordo, N.M.
Season 2, Episode 02
01x06 - Pick a Number
Season 1, Episode 06
02x10 - Cheyenne, WY
Season 2, Episode 10
01x07 - The River
Season 1, Episode 07
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