Wednesday, December 7, 2022

What I’m Watching: His Dark Materials (Season Premiere)

His Dark Materials: Season 3, Episodes 1 and 2 “The Enchanted Sleeper” and “The Break” (B+)

It’s been nearly two years since the end of season two of this show, and I had largely forgotten about it during that time. But it still has a special place in my heart since it’s based on a book series I read that got made into a lackluster movie, “The Golden Compass,” that I saw in college. This two-episode premiere was certainly epic, and it’s so interesting to see just how much religion is featured. The idea both that God is just an angel and that Lyra might be Eve is so interesting, and that the might of the Authority would be used to try to kill Lyra because of the threat to their supremacy she represents is just staggering. Neither of her parents are being particularly helpful, with Lord Asriel believing his daughter isn’t of that much importance and Mrs. Coulter drugging her in an effort to keep her space. Will was smart to ally himself with Iorek Byrnison by showing him that he had the knife, and he and Lyra may be able to stay one step ahead of their pursuers with the help of the allies they have, including angels. Asriel’s eagerness to torture their imprisoned angel was unsettling, but this is not a show where Lyra is going to end up part of a happy family who will look anything like normal, provided she manages to survive all of this. With two episodes dropping per week through the end of the month, this should be an engaging final ride.

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