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"The City Of Magpies" is at its best when it's focused on Lyra.
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.
The season 2 premiere of His Dark Materials sets up the rest of the season nicely, gently introducing viewers to new worlds, characters and concepts.
Pits [Dafne Keen] against one of the best child actors in the prestige TV landscape.
Season Two may lack the spectacle of Season One's frozen north and armoured bears, but it deepens the worlds and characters of His Dark Materials.
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.
Thematically darkness and light are perfectly balanced as Jack Thorne shares conversations, shapes character dynamics and tees up emotional pay offs.
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.
His Dark Materials feels grander and less cramped than before - finally living up to its epic fantasy ambitions it had from the beginning.
[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.
Audience Reviews for His Dark Materials: Season 2
Feb 09, 2021Season 3 cannot come fast enough.
Feb 08, 2021This show is great for anyone in the mood for a fantastical tale. I believe this season does "The Subtle Knife" justice and builds upon the book by giving certain characters more depth (e.g. Mrs Coulter and Boreal). The show aims for a dark tone and hits its mark. Besides the rushed ending, an enjoyable experience that I highly recommend.
Jan 27, 2021Rating: B+ "All in all, His Dark Materials returns with a much more captivating and entertaining second season. Boasting impressive visuals, wonderful cinematography, and an exceptional score, Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson carry the main narrative through non-stop, surprisingly vicious action and shocking story developments as the charming protagonists, Lyra and Will, respectively. Their relationship is steadily and cleverly developed, also working as a STOP sign to the occasionally rushed pacing. Ruth Wilson continues to deliver the most outstanding performance of all, but Dr. Mary Malone steals the spotlight, becoming one of the most interesting characters in the show due to her crucial storyline, which delivers some jaw-dropping revelations. Except for a subplot involving the witches and the Magisterium, every episode moves surprisingly well through impactful narrative decisions and eventful sequences. Hugely acclaimed actors like James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Andrew Scott rarely show up during these first five episodes (or don't show up at all), but the last two still share an exciting story. I'm struggling between considering the season finale disappointing or reasonably decent, having in mind the series status. A final praise to the production's (brilliant) decisions of adding four more writers besides Jack Thorne, and choosing only two directors to command the entire season. If season one didn't fully convince you, season two will most definitely do the job."
Jan 20, 2021The story is amazing, grabs you and involve you, the development of the characters is sensational and this series has a lot of unexpected twists, great series.
Jan 18, 2021Brilliant Story, great creation of scenes. It's a must-see
Jan 17, 2021His Dark Materials: Season 2 on HBO MAX continues where the first season left off where Lyra and Will find each other and escape from each other's universe to a land unknown to them. They cut thru time and space to the Land of Magpies where they must endure find the knife that cuts thru anything. The story was slow at first, trying to make heads over heels of where the story leads but by the end it gets interesting. This series reminded me too much of Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings. The cast remained the same but the series is just as typical and routine. We have seen the same type of story over and over again. I am hopeful the finally of the trilogy will bring the story to a better conclusion.
Jan 17, 2021It's interesting, it's getting better.
Jan 15, 2021RATING: A Directors: Jamie Childs, Leanne Welham His Dark Materials Season 2 makes a wonderful adaptation of the second book in the series which is The Subtle Knife. The Performances ( especially Dafne Keen's and Ruth Wilson's ) are as amazing as they were in the first season. Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson have a great chemistry. The Production Values and Cinematography and all that just really are impeccable and beautiful to look at. The Writing and the Direction were good throughout the season and especially the last episode really was emotional. Great Season.
Jan 08, 2021Totally engrossing. Can't wait for more!
Jan 08, 2021I did not read the books, but I give it 5 stars. Excellent show, especially for TV.