His Dark Materials: Season 2 (2020)

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Season 2
His Dark Materials

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His Dark Materials' chilly emotional core and imposing complexity is unlikely to win over the unconverted, but its sophomore season rewards the faithful with impeccable production values and cerebral thrills.

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Critic Ratings: 26

88%

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User Ratings: 48

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 16, 2020

Lyra and Will find themselves in a strange new place. The Magisterium take action as Mrs Coulter interrogates a suspected heretic witch, and Lee Scoresby embarks on a mission.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2020

Lyra (Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson) head to Oxford for answers. The Magisterium is faced with a choice.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2020

Lyra (Dafne Keen) ignores the alethiometer's advice leading to dangerous consequences.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2020

Will (Amir Wilson) and Lyra (Dafne Keen) make a plan, unaware of the dangers or the cost involved.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2020

Will (Amir Wilson) and Lyra (Dafne Keen) set out to retrieve what's been lost. Mary (Simone Kirby) takes a leap of faith.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2020

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Air date: Dec 28, 2020

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Tv Season Info

Season two of HIS DARK MATERIALS begins after Lord Asriel has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city she meets Will, a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.

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Critic Reviews for His Dark Materials Season 2

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

"The City Of Magpies" is at its best when it's focused on Lyra.

Nov 18, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Jack Thorne's scriptwriting remains tack-sharp, and there was none of that B-standard stage-school acting you often get from middle-class English kids.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…
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The improvements are everywhere, beginning with Lyra... Taking her out of her comfort zone and allowing her to view things with awe helps restore the wonder and magic the first season lacked.

Nov 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Thematically darkness and light are perfectly balanced as Jack Thorne shares conversations, shapes character dynamics and tees up emotional pay offs.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

As much as I wish Season 2 found a way to narratively pull through, it's still as dark, mystical, and philosophically intriguing as Season 1 - so if you're a returning viewer, you'll probably like it. You just won't be wowed by it.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

His Dark Materials feels grander and less cramped than before - finally living up to its epic fantasy ambitions it had from the beginning.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

[The premiere] is a fun start, and the way both Lyra and Will bounce off each other, personality-wise, is an exciting thing to see so soon.

Nov 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter who ramped up the terror, using only ordinary household items. Icy and understated, a vision of evil in scarlet body-con.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

For a story centered on the exploits of a frightened, isolated teenager, the show remains remarkably devoid of any sense of fear, excitement, or passion.

Nov 16, 2020 | Full Review…

With so much time taken up with gabbing there was little left for the kind of spectacle that made the first series a hit.

Nov 16, 2020 | Full Review…

[Though] it's timely and relevant in places, His Dark Materials season 2 can't shake off the feeling everything it attempts has been done better elsewhere before.

Nov 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The action is picking up, the scope of the universes is expanding, and the stakes are becoming clearer ... With luck, this show just might find its soul yet.

Nov 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for His Dark Materials: Season 2

  • 7h ago
    While season 1 set the basis, season 2 finally took the narrative where it should be.
  • 14h ago
    The show has a very strong fantasy/young adult feel to it, but if you like that sort of thing, I think you will enjoy it. The production value is excellent and each episode is exciting and suspenseful. A good action/adventure show for those who like this genre.
  • 2d ago
    I love this show and the season 2 is even better.
  • 2d ago
    Loved the 1st season. And the second one still giving me the same vibe.
  • 4d ago
    Lyra is really annoying, I'm starting to throw stuff at the TV. We're only watching it because there is nothing else left on TV.
  • 4d ago
    Loved it. Ruth Wilson rocks.
  • Nov 25, 2020
    i just wrote more than a few paragraphs herein only for them to disappear, poof, gone - grrrrrr. does this happen to others ?
  • Nov 24, 2020
    This one lost me very early
  • Nov 23, 2020
    Meh, it passed the time.
  • Nov 22, 2020
    The return of this show was spectacular, the highlight given to witches and the magisterium was accurate.

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