His Dark Materials: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
His Dark Materials

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The daemon is in the details and while His Dark Materials visual splendor and exceptional performances deftly capture the essence of Philip Pullman's seminal novels, it could use a little more magic.

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Critic Ratings: 91

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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 4, 2019
2
Air date: Nov 11, 2019
3
Air date: Nov 18, 2019
4
Air date: Nov 25, 2019
5
Air date: Dec 2, 2019
6
Air date: Dec 9, 2019
7
Air date: Dec 16, 2019
8
Air date: Dec 23, 2019

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An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy "His Dark Materials," considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction. The first series follows Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children?and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living?and the dead?in their hands. A star-studded cast consists of James McAvoy as Lord Asriel Belacqua, Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby and Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College.

Cast

Dafne Keen
as Lyra Belacqua
James McAvoy
as Lord Asriel Belacqua
Ruth Wilson
as Mrs. Coulter
Lin-Manuel Miranda
as Lee Scoresby
Anne-Marie Duff
as Ma Costa
Clarke Peters
as The Master of Jordan College
Ariyon Bakare
as Carlo Boreal
Will Keen
as Father MacPhail
Ian Gelder
as Charles the Librarian
Georgina Campbell
as Adèle Starminster
Lewin Lloyd
as Roger Parslow
James Cosmo
as Farder Coram
Daniel Frogson
as Tony Costa
Tyler Howitt
as Billy Costa
Ruta Gedmintas
as Serafina Pekkala
Mat Fraser
as Raymond van Gerrit
Geoff Bell
as Jack Verhoeven
Simon Manyonda
as Benjamin de Ruyter
Kit Connor
as Pantalaimon
Joe Tandberg
as Iorek Byrnison
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Critic Reviews for His Dark Materials Season 1

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (28)

For every exceptional scene, another is either too familiar or too meh.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a series that's not perfect and it isn't the adaptation of the books that we deserve, but it's good, and that's a start.

Nov 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

His Dark Materials remains a world worth exploring, but whether you're comparing it to the source material or coming to it fresh, this series is weak tea.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Proof that TV is now the best medium for bringing epic literary fantasy to the screen.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Ruth] Wilson is one of those actors who can make you shiver even as she smiles. Plus, there's no one on this earth who looks better in a belted trench coat.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Much of the first hour of His Dark Materials is given over to world-building, and what a feast for the eyes this world is.

Jan 20, 2020 | Full Review…

The show balances the wins and the losses against the enemy, and so while there is joy at this moment, it may not last.

Nov 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Finally, after seven episodes, they give the people what they need.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

His Dark Materials started and ended strong, but suffered a little in the middle to keep our attention.

Dec 27, 2019 | Full Review…

We might have to wait until season two to see if the series can dust off its rough edges, but I have faith we can turn things around.

Dec 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The story takes on alternate universes, fascist religious orders, witches, armored polar bears and the very essence of love. Take a look.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It also lays the sentimentality on thick, finally using daemons correctly.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for His Dark Materials: Season 1

  • 2h ago
    Godawful. Flat, pedestrian script walked through by mediocre cast, plus decade-old special effects. Avoid. And I loved the books.
  • 16h ago
    Very good adaptation of the original material. Some of the works are fantastic: Ruth Wilson and Dafne Keen, above all. Really enjoyed watching it.
  • 2d ago
    The series takes the elements from the book that were most successful and then builds upon them in a manner that is both visually stunning and conducive to haunting to storytelling. You will want to pay attention to every detail of the show, not just because the plot and visuals demand it but because they deserve it.
  • 6d ago
    Not Hollywood dumb and silly and doesn't drown in comic relief and makes you feel rather than laugh. There's A sense of urgency and realism that makes it believable and immersive, and thus it might not be american reviewer's cup of tea. It's everything that The Witcher is not. No spin-fighting, reverse gripping of swords, knee sliding or other cliches. Its excellent.
  • 6d ago
    fantasy well done. solid acting.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    The show's biggest weaknesses are the timing and the audience, both of which are muddled. While there are some truly magnificent scenes in some later episode, most of the runtime is spent waiting for something interesting to happen. Given some of the subject matter, His Dark Materials would have benefited from targeting an older audience, as the somewhat frequent fight scenes aren't even remotely believable, lacking any original choreography or practical effects of any kind, albeit with a couple very notable exceptions.
  • Jan 16, 2020
    "His Dark Materials" is a show adapted from a book series that I rather enjoyed when I was younger. I admit, the movie "The Golden Compass" was so lackluster, I didn't know what to think about a tv show adaptation. I'm pleased that this season has been pretty good overall. It does have some meh moments and some parts I didn't care for, but it is, overall, a well done adaptation.
  • Jan 16, 2020
    The actress for Lyra doesn't look 12 at all but otherwise most of the casting is acceptable. The daemons, VFX, and cinematography look pretty polished. I'm still watching the series at the time of this review but so far I have noticed various deviations from the first book of His Dark Materials (Northern Lights), some of which were unnecessary and rather stupid. Seems like it may be a better adaptation of the book than The Golden Compass film.
  • Jan 15, 2020
    A great mystical story. Blends the elements of Harry Potter, The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, Star Wars and has serious religious undertones on how they play on the fears of mankind. We enjoyed it and are looking forward to season 2
  • Jan 14, 2020
    Before I write this review I should note that I never read the books upon which the show is based. Although the first couple of episodes are a bit slow, the overall series is really watchable and entertaining. After the 8th episode, it feels as though the characters have travelled a massive distance, and not because I thought the show dragged, but because of excellent character development and storyline. There were moments in this series that I did not anticipate, but massively enjoyed watching. The graphics were also incredible, I could not get enough of snowy landscape and polar bears. Honestly, the polar bears might be the best thing about this series. They are so cool to look at. Moving on to some of the negatives, the main problem I have with this series is the dialogue. Some of the things characters say feel very cringeworthy. I do not mean to discredit the actors and actresses in any way, most of the acting was incredible. However, some of the dialogue was so cringeworthy that it was either hilarious or hard to listen to. To re-iterate the point that the series has quite a slow start, I think this may deter some viewers from the series. However, you feel quite engaged in the plot once you've reached episode 5. If you're in the mood for starting a new series that will invest your attention towards loveable characters and an engaging storyline, give His Dark Materials a try. I'm already looking forward to season 2.

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