Wednesday, December 21, 2022

What I’m Watching: His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials: Season 3, Episode 6 “The Abyss” (B)

Asriel is not doing a great job of even bothering to feign sympathy upon learning that his daughter is dead, and Mrs. Coulter didn’t hold anything back when she made it clear that she didn’t blame herself for what had happened. After trying to push Serafina Pekkala to take out her own grief on her, Mrs. Coulter’s attitude shifted considerably by the end of the episode when she realized that the prophecy might in fact be true, that she would be able to defeat death. That did explain why it was that the alethiometer showed that she was dead, but it’s also a place in which Lyra and Will’s fearlessness enabled them to be extraordinarily powerful. Jumping so that the creature would catch her was a bold move that could have ended in disaster, and instead she named the terrifying entity “Gracious Wings,” which hardly seemed fitting given its sinister disposition. Will was able to find his father quite easily, giving us a welcome return from Andrew Scott as John Parry, who talked to Will about a daemon he had never met. Roger going first through the window Will cut felt symbolic, and now this will take us into the final two episodes of this show and the “final rebellion” that has officially begun. I’m glad that it’s been decades since I read the books and therefore I don’t have any recollection of how things turn out, which should make for a suspenseful and hopefully satisfying viewing experience for the rest of this series.

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