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      Season 1 – His Dark Materials

      2019 Adventure Fantasy Drama TRAILER for His Dark Materials: Season 1 - Opening Credits List
      77% 114 Reviews Tomatometer 82% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score During her search for a kidnapped friend, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered May 10 Buy Now

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      His Dark Materials — Season 1

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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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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Nov 3, 2019 Lyra's Jordan Orphan Lyra Belacqua's world is upended by her long-absent uncle's return from the North, while the glamorous Mrs. Coulter visits Jordan College with a proposition. Details Episode 2 Aired Nov 10, 2019 The Idea of North Lyra arrives to her new life in London, determined to find Roger with Mrs. Coulter's help; the Gyptians continue their search for the missing children and the elusive Gobblers. Details Episode 3 Aired Nov 17, 2019 The Spies Following her kidnapping, Lyra falls in with a new group but struggles to know who to trust. Details Episode 4 Aired Nov 24, 2019 Armour Arriving North, Lyra seeks allies in the witches, an aeronaut and an armored bear. Details Episode 5 Aired Dec 1, 2019 The Lost Boy The alethiometer sends Lyra and Iorek on a new path, leading to a shocking but vital clue. Details Episode 6 Aired Dec 8, 2019 The Daemon-Cages Lyra finds what she is looking for in the far North, but needs to survive. Details Episode 7 Aired Dec 15, 2019 The Fight to the Death Lyra must use her methods of deception to outwit a formidable foe. Details Episode 8 Aired Dec 22, 2019 Betrayal As the Magisterium closes in, Lyra learns more about Asriel's rebellion, but her assistance to him comes at great personal cost. Details Next
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      Previous Scott Bryan BBC.com It's really good in its accuracy, plotting and acting - but the first episode has so much set up. Jul 15, 2020 Full Review Boyd Hilton Empire Magazine Pullman's elaborate world of talking spirit animals, arcane gadgets and massive airships is beautifully realised, and half-way through the series, Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives as thrill-seeking adventurer Lee Scorseby, just to ratchet everything up a notch. 4/5 Dec 7, 2019 Full Review Hunter Johnson Dallas Morning News For every exceptional scene, another is either too familiar or too meh. Dec 6, 2019 Full Review Rick Marshall Digital Trends HBO hasn't lost its knack for world-building on a grand scale, and His Dark Materials is yet another story that sweeps its audience along in all the right ways. Jul 13, 2021 Full Review Tony Black Cultural Conversation A slick adaptation lacking in magic. 3/5 Feb 16, 2021 Full Review Luke Y. Thompson SuperHeroHype ...the best version of Philip Pullman's Northern Lights (a.k.a. The Golden Compass) to exist in any form...and that includes the book Aug 20, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous Istari D Excellent beginning for this serie which follows almost à la lettre the book script. Great acting, nice special effects, mature story telling. I was very positively impressed. This is way better than the movies done so far. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/11/24 Full Review alexandre n I read the book when the film got out. It doesn't deserve so much. There are far more intersting stuff deserving to be put on shows. I stop at the end of the third episode. Even with a good staff it doesn't make it a story I missed. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 08/30/23 Full Review Ted C I am a huge fan of the books. I was so happy when I heard they were going to finally finish the story on screen. This a fantastic production I love this story so much. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/26/23 Full Review Fred N Warning: it gets worse. I haven't read the books, so can't say how "faithful" (pun intended) this adaptation is. Were they this silly? Characters behave irrationally and cruelly. Soap opera acting and comic book dialog can't turn a few interesting ideas and decent special effects into a good show. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/08/23 Full Review D J Every episode and season of this series gets progressively better and better. Absolutely amazing series. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/25/23 Full Review puffinpillow Read the books if you want the complex characters of the children that made the books shine, because the TV adaptation simplifies the children. The books were realist even while written from a child's point of view and therefore intriguing. The line between good and evil was blurred, lying counted as being clever sometimes, murder could be bravery, etc. The TV adaptation feels more "Disney". Lyra is not as intelligent as she is in the books, and Will is not as wise and mature. No, I don't need everything to be "exactly as it is in the books", but if it is an important element it should be there--in the books' world children are not dumb, innocent creatures, but thinking, learning, adapting humans, different from adults yes, but no less complex. This was not shown so well in the more "actiony" TV show. Also, what's with Mrs. Coulter's daemon being cut from her? That makes the worldbuilding so inconsistent, because if she has her daemon cut but acts like normal, what's so bad about the church cutting daemons away from children, which is um...I don't know...THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS SEASON. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Director
      Tom Hooper, Jamie Childs, Otto Bathurst, Dawn Shadforth
      Executive Producer
      Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, Joel Collins, Julie Gardner, Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, Otto Bathurst, Deborah A. Forte, Toby Emmerich, Carolyn Blackwood, Ben Irving, Piers Wenger
      Screenwriter
      Jack Thorne, Philip Pullman
      Network
      HBO
      Rating
      TV-14
      Genre
      Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date
      Nov 3, 2019
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