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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 03, 2019 at 10:00.

A tragedy befalls one "Lost Boy" as His Dark Materials rushes to introduce another (experts)

A tragedy befalls one "Lost Boy" as His Dark Materials rushes to introduce another (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil...

Lisa Weidenfeld Lisa Weidenfeld Dec 03, 2019 at 09:34. 3 comments

His Dark Materials builds on Lyra's sense of adventure, but trips up on its plotting (newbies)

His Dark Materials builds on Lyra's sense of adventure, but trips up on its plotting (newbies)
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The perpetual problem with this show seems to be a sacrifice of character development in favor of forward momentum. There’s so much that works so well in this episode, but it’s hamstrung by the need to shift pieces around.

The death of Billy Costa is very affecting. We’ve spent the last five episodes getting to know...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 26, 2019. 24 comments

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't the Lee Scoresby we remember from His Dark Materials, but he isn't meant to be (experts)

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't the Lee Scoresby we remember from His Dark Materials, but he isn't meant to be (experts)
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Casting any literary adaptation is a minefield. Fans have built up versions of characters over years of reading and rereading the books, and fan art typically reifies certain versions of characters in the process. Even in circumstances where authors leave room for interpretation, any interpretation is competing with...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 19, 2019. 22 comments

The Gyptians give Lyra and His Dark Materials the final pieces of the puzzle to get moving north already (experts)

The Gyptians give Lyra and His Dark Materials the final pieces of the puzzle to get moving north already (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil details from future...

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Lisa Weidenfeld Lisa Weidenfeld Nov 19, 2019. 14 comments

His Dark Materials drops a dramatic reveal, but you probably already knew it (newbies)

His Dark Materials drops a dramatic reveal, but you probably already knew it (newbies)
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So was anyone surprised by the big Mrs. Coulter reveal here? In a show in which a lot of things are pretty confusing, that had been telegraphed heavily ever since Mrs. Coulter popped up on the scene, and then acted very very weird around Lyra.

It’s not clear how much it changes for Lyra herself, especially coming so...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 12, 2019. 23 comments

His Dark Materials brings two reveals forward, but takes two steps back in the process (experts)

His Dark Materials brings two reveals forward, but takes two steps back in the process (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil details from future...

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Lisa Weidenfeld Lisa Weidenfeld Nov 12, 2019. 18 comments

Lyra learns not all prisons look like prisons in a menacing His Dark Materials (newbies)

Lyra learns not all prisons look like prisons in a menacing His Dark Materials (newbies)
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“I don’t think I understand any grown-ups at all,” says Lyra near the end of this episode of His Dark Materials, and after everything she’s been through, it’s not hard to see why. There’s not a single adult in her life who’s proven to be trustworthy in recent days. Even before the revelation that Asriel is her father,...

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Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Nov 11, 2019.

On tonight’s His Dark Materials, Lyra arrives in London on a mission

On tonight’s His Dark Materials, Lyra arrives in London on a mission

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, November 11. All times are Eastern.

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His Dark M aterials (HBO, 9 p.m.): Last week’s His Dark Materials premiere was a fairly successful, faithful introduction to Philip Pullman’s beloved fantasy world, satisfying both those who are familiar with the trilogy , and those who are not . In this week’s episode, directed by Tom...

Lisa Weidenfeld Lisa Weidenfeld Nov 05, 2019. 18 comments

His Dark Materials kicks things off by depending on its actors to sell a lot of exposition (newbies)

His Dark Materials kicks things off by depending on its actors to sell a lot of exposition (newbies)
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Welcome to His Dark Materials, a show with a frankly mystifying title! Who’s he? What are his materials? What makes them so shady? That’s what we’re here to find out, though the pilot offers few clues on that particular mystery, and an abundance of scene setting. By the end of the first episode, the show has introduced...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 05, 2019. 21 comments

“Lyra’s Jordan” gives His Dark Materials readers hope the second time’s the charm (experts)

“Lyra’s Jordan” gives His Dark Materials readers hope the second time’s the charm (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil...

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Nov 01, 2019. 24 comments

His Dark Materials provides a respectful, if rarely revelatory, adaptation

His Dark Materials provides a respectful, if rarely revelatory, adaptation
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Of the many strengths of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, the most important is arguably the easiest to overlook. Pullman’s thematic ambition, grasp of pacing, and deftness with character are all clear from the outset, but while these elements are crucial to the books’ success, the one that makes the...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Oct 04, 2019. 7 comments

Lyra sails toward the northern lights in latest His Dark Materials trailer

Lyra sails toward the northern lights in latest His Dark Materials trailer

We’re roughly one month from the premiere of His Dark Materials, HBO’s spin on Phillip Pullman’s beloved fantasy series, and today brings with it a new trailer, presumably the last before the premiere. In it, Dafne Keen’s Lyra ventures to the Arctic, where she meets polar bears, adventures with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and grapples with the powers that be.

Though many are framing the...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Sep 21, 2019. 23 comments

The A.V. Club’s 17 most-anticipated shows of fall 2019

The A.V. Club’s 17 most-anticipated shows of fall 2019

With autumn upon us, it’s time to harvest the benefits of studio executive sessions, production deals, and in certain cases, years of storytelling. The A.V. Club has looked out at the ever-widening TV landscape—where networks are doubling their pleasure by launching proprietary streaming services—to put together our most-anticipated fall debuts (and returns). There’s something for every TV...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Sep 12, 2019. 6 comments

Get on your polar bear: HBO's His Dark Materials has a premiere date

Get on your polar bear: HBO's His Dark Materials has a premiere date

It looks like HBO finally awoke from its post-Game Of Thrones slumber and is once again ready to talk about other big-budget sci-fi/fantasy adaptations it has in the works. We just got some very enlightening details on Watchmen a few days ago, and now it has revealed the premiere date for its His Dark Materials show. As announced in a tweet from the show’s official Twitter account, His Dark...

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Joelle Monique Joelle Monique Jul 19, 2019. 10 comments

LMM's first scene in His Dark Materials is (appropriately) a duet between him and his daemon self

LMM's first scene in His Dark Materials is (appropriately) a duet between him and his daemon self

“I literally come into this singing a duet with my daemon. On a hot air balloon,” Lin-Manuel Miranda proclaimed on the San Diego Comic-Con Hall H stage. And thus begins the fantastical exploration of HBO and The BBC’s take on His Dark Materials , the re-imagined, but faithful adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s classic novel of the same name.

Writer Jack Thorne, who won a Tony and an Olivier for...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jul 19, 2019. 19 comments

Lies (and kickass armored polar bears) abound in the first full trailer for HBO's His Dark Materials

Lies (and kickass armored polar bears) abound in the first full trailer for HBO's His Dark Materials

HBO’s got a killer slate of original programming on the horizon, with new seasons of The Deuce and Succession arriving alongside anticipated new shows like Watchmen , The Righteous Gemstones , and His Dark Materials. The latter, an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s beloved fantasy series, made a splash during its panel at the San Diego Comic Con, during which the showrunners shared...

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William Hughes William Hughes May 18, 2019. 20 comments

Bring on the battle bears in this new teaser for HBO's His Dark Materials show

Bring on the battle bears in this new teaser for HBO's His Dark Materials show

HBO is about to find itself—as of Sunday—with a serious dearth of high-fantasy big-budget literary adaptations on its slate. Which might explain why the network unleashed a new teaser for its Philip Pullman show His Dark Materials today, re-introducing viewers to Dafnee Keen’s resourceful orphan Lyra and the various adults—including Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Clarke...

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William Hughes William Hughes Sep 13, 2018. 13 comments

HBO scoops up the U.S. rights to the BBC's His Dark Materials series for itself

HBO scoops up the U.S. rights to the BBC's His Dark Materials series for itself

Never one to let a good limited series—especially one that might hypothetically be gunning for its own most treasured franchises—slip out of its hands, HBO has acquired a stake in the BBC’s upcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Per Variety, the network has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the expensive, expansive take on Pullman’s beloved religious fable,...

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William Hughes William Hughes Sep 12, 2018. 11 comments

The BBC orders a second season of His Dark Materials before the first one even finishes shooting

The BBC orders a second season of His Dark Materials before the first one even finishes shooting

Having apparently failed to learn the lessons of history—and specifically the lessons of the history that happened the last last time someone tried to adapt Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series for the screen —the BBC has decided to double down on its upcoming, very expensive adaptation of the best-selling YA books. Deadline reports that the organization has just added a second...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Oct 12, 2015. 24 comments

Beyond Goosebumps: How we’d bring 14 classic YA book series into 2015

Beyond Goosebumps: How we’d bring 14 classic YA book series into 2015

God forbid that the most beloved (and profitable) YA series ever die. Sure, the Boxcar Children have been around since the ’20s, but add a few cell phones and recruit some new ghostwriters, and those kids can be just as fresh and timely as they were almost a century ago. And while R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps series was only published from 1992 to 1997, today’s children were still reading...

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