Friday, December 16, 2022

What I’m Watching: His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials: Season 3, Episode 3 “The Intention Craft” (B+)

It’s good to see our main two pairings back together again, even if neither duo is getting along particularly well. Asriel making Mrs. Coulter a “touch more comfortable” by tying her up rather than leaving her chained was hardly a warm gesture, but he did manage to get her the chance to stay, something that she immediately took advantage of before leaving in the intention craft, something she piloted with expert skill to disappear as everyone had their weapons aimed at her. Asriel isn’t interested in making friends, and was very happy to brutally send a message to Metatron, who, despite being a real figure from the bible, sounds more like a transformer than a god. Angels are still involved in all this but not as explicitly as the humans would like them to be, like when Will found out that he couldn’t come along to the land of the dead even though he did support that necessary detour. Iorek was very helpful in guiding Will on how to repair the knife with his mind, and having Lyra on his side will also be an asset given that the two of them can accomplish extraordinary things together. Father President is on the warpath, ready to use whatever tools he has in order to destroy Lyra and anyone else in his way. Exploring that energy release from the “sacrifice” of a daemon as a potential weapon is a dangerous thought, and there continues to be little true religion in what he’s doing.

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