His Dark Materials S2: E1-5 Review


I would like to thank HBO for allowing me to watch and review this series.

Director: Tom Hooper

Cast: Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Amir Wilson, Ariyon Bakare, Andrew Scott, Will Keen, Ruta Gedmintas, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Synopsis: A young girl is destined to liberate her world from the grip of the Magisterium which represses people’s ties to magic and their animal spirits known as daemons.

This review covers episodes 1-5. I will be doing recaps after every episode.

Season 2 starts exactly where the previous one began. The world is in a chaotic state due to the events of Lord Asriel creating a portal to a new world in search of the answers to dust. I appreciate that this season gets straight into the action. Unlike season 1 which takes a more leisurely pace, in the beginning, Season 2 starts with a tense situation that carries a consistent tone through out the season.

The dynamic of the cast is presented extraordinarily. Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson show fantastic chemistry together and Ruth Wilson is as vile if not more this season. Her personality gets ever so more complicated from what we have seen in season 1. And Lin-Manuel Miranda is brilliant as always.

This show continues to find the perfect balance of real-world elements and fantasy. Each episode leaves you asking a lot of questions. Each episode kept in invested and craving for more. Season 2 has a darker tone compared to season 1. It almost feels like the first season was more of a prologue and we are finally seeing a huge payoff with the latest season.

Lyra is now in a strange land with her daemon ‘Pan’ in search of her father and the answer to what the true purpose of dust is while her mother Mrs.Coulter is in search of Lyra as well. The stakes have never been higher and it will be interesting to see how our heroes deal with obstacles that have been placed before them.

Final: This a great start to what is becoming one of my favorite new shows since Game Of Thrones. I am intrigued to see where this journey takes us. His Dark Materials season 2 premieres on HBO & HBO Max on November 16th.

My Score:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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