This gives the director, Tom Hooper, free rein to imagine what Pullman’s worlds look like, and most of what he imagines works well. His Dark Materials looks great, it’s robustly made, and there are great actors everywhere, occupying well-built universes. So much hinges on their relationship that it’s a bit worrying these early scenes lack chemistry. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. It's important to know the history of "Materials" to understand how disheartening HBO's new adaptation of the books (Monday, 9 EST/PST, ★★½ out of four) seems for fans who know the story's potential. We are now in uncharted waters. If it means torturing a witch with the scariest pair of tweezers ever seen on TV, so be it. His Dark Materials series two review – Ruth Wilson brandishes TV's scariest tweezers. When I interviewed Pullman, he said the film version had been too “twiddly”. Hello and welcome once again to His Dark Materials. Eventually, near the end of the fourth episode, "Materials" finds its rhythm, and here's hoping that episodes to come will live up to their potential, now that the groundwork has at last been laid. The first episode of the second season of His Dark Materials premiered in the U.K. on BBC One on November 8. Given the choice between the HBO series and the trainwreck of a movie, I'd take the new one, but that's an extremely low bar to clear. If you missed season one, then you should probably go and watch it (or read The Subtle Knife, upon which season two is based). Then there is the discombobulating moment when Will produces a smartphone to take a picture of the Tower of the Angels in Cittàgazze. The books also contain a talking, armored polar bear king who befriends humans; a fierce critique of organized religion, depicted as an evil organization known as the Magisterium; and parallel worlds. Despite the novels’ enormous reputation, they have never inspired quite the same mass devotion as the Harry Potter books. I could have sworn I was still watching the first series of His Dark Materials (BBC One), but the calendar tells me a year has passed and here we are for round two. In the midst of Asriel's research and a sudden plague of vanishing children, Lyra is taken in by Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson), a glamorous and powerful woman who oozes both likability and nefarious intent in her every word. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. In 2007, Hollywood adapted the first book, "The Golden Compass," for the big screen in a commercial and critical flop that reflected little understanding of the style and tone of the books. Only she, the former gobbler-in-chief who presided over kids’ spiritual lobotomies by severing them from their daemons, has the ruthlessness to do what is necessary. Smartphones, a mysterious CGI town, and a terrifying torture … It is not clear yet whether it will pay dramatic dividends, but I admire Thorne’s writing and trust him to make something of this seeming anachronism. His Dark Materials season 2 episode 1 review: Return of captivating TV fantasy is a much-needed escape Sabrina Barr Sunday 8 Nov 2020 7:00 pm … It’s just not much fun. Why is it Queen Ruta Skadi rather than Serafina Pekkala who slays Katya to prevent her telling all to Coulter? Less is often more. If you’re making the Northern Lights, you give it a bit of welly, so a one-season wonder was never really on the cards, and the question of whether it merits the continuation is moot. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. They are too cerebral, polished to too high a gleam. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. But there are more than 500 TV shows on the air right now, and this one tests the patience of even Pullman's loyal fans. "His Dark Materials" is a book trilogy that furiously resists screen adaptation. With the exception of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Lee Scoresby, the only character who seems to be aware he is in a fantasy drama with talking animals, they are a humourless bunch. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. But it doesn’t doesn’t inspire as much wonder as it ought to. Production was already more or less underway when the first one came out, testament to the power of Philip Pullman’s intellectual property. I can’t think of a way to summarize it that wouldn’t take up this entire review. It was also called The Golden Compass, presumably because “Two tickets for The Alethiometer, please” is hard to say. The daemons never quite replicate the humour and self-doubt they convey in the books, either. It’s a missed opportunity: what better device could there be for representing the novelistic inner voice on screen? "His Dark Materials" is a book trilogy that furiously resists screen adaptation. Wilson is exceptionally good in her role, adding layers to what could be a one-dimensional villain. Unfortunately for Katya, she knows things. Wilson’s Will is more sensitive and moral, leaving money when they take things from an abandoned shop, and offering Lyra her choice of bed in the house he has set up in. Available for everyone, funded by readers. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? This time, it's the adaptation of book two - The Subtle Knife. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Cittàgazze, for instance, the city where Lyra flees and meets Will, who is also on the run from grownups to this other world, becomes a CGI mash-up of a Tuscan hill town and Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. “You know,” she says – like Mrs Thatcher confronting a cabinet of wets, all of them disappointing and male – “I look round this room and see failure.”. Lyra's uncle, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) is poking at the Magisterium, researching an unknown substance called dust that strikes fear and shouts of "heresy" in the hearts of adults but steers clear of children. Like Samson after Delilah’s haircut, Katya is nothing special after Coulter’s surgery. At the outset of the second series of BBC One’s His Dark Materials (covering most of the action of The Subtle Knife, the second book of Philip Pullman’s trilogy), Coulter dominates a meeting of the Magisterium’s invertebrate cardinals. Such an underappreciated quality.” Then, because Katya stays silent, Coulter deploys the tweezers subcutaneously to tear a piece of cloud-pine (here looking like a sprig of thyme), which is responsible for the witch’s special powers, from her shoulder. It's jarring to suddenly see her in Episode 4, finally initiating conversation and conflict, clearly an aspect of the character meant to be inherent in her all along. And so this submarine at the edge of one world and in view of the portal to another becomes a floating steampunk Abu Ghraib. Martin Carr reviews the first episode of His Dark Materials season 2… Opening in sumptuous fashion this season two premiere hints at a vast canvas of infinite possibilities. In the similar but vaguely steampunk world where TV's "Materials" begins, we meet Lyra (Dafne Keen) , a girl living as a ward at Jordan College, a fictional part of Oxford University that is sheltered from the all-powerful Magisterium that rules over much of the world. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. If this all sounds confused, verdict-wise, that’s because I am. The BBC, by contrast, is seeing the epic drama through from the opening glass of tokay to the concluding moment, when Lyra’s daemon mutates into a pine marten. Thorne has taken some liberties in the adaptation. Smartphones, purists will say, were not in the book. “I’m trying to help you,” slimes Coulter, removing her wedding ring and placing it chillingly on a metal table next to her torture kit, “not from any generosity of spirit, but from pragmatism. Viewers who’ve invested in the series won’t stop now. Certainly, Jack Thorne, one of my favourite TV writers (The Fades, currently on BBC iPlayer, is worth your time), revels in punching up Coulter as a combination of Iago and Lady Macbeth with a hint, at her most pantomimic, of Cruella de Vil. After encountering a gang of hostile children led by Angelica (Bella Ramsey, as good as she was as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones), Will and Lyra decide to team up, while elsewhere the god squad prepare for war. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later?
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