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His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode 7 Review: “Æsahættr”

So I have some questions. Not about the plot of “Æsahættr,” the final episode of His Dark Materials’ truncated second season. (COVID-19 prevented the filming of an eighth, Lord Asriel-centric installment.) That’s easy enough to sum up. To wit: Shortly after a confessional speech from Lyra’s daemon Pantalaimon, she and…

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His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode 6 Review: “Malice”

“They consume what makes us human, so I just hid that from them,” Mrs. Coulter says of the spectres who eat people’s souls. “I suppress myself.” Would that we were all so lucky. Less an episode of television than a staccato succession of individual scenes — a series of unfortunate…

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His Dark Materials Season Two Episode Five Review: “The Scholar”

“Is this your Oxford, Will?” “It is.” “Why are we whispering?” “I don’t know!” To the extent that His Dark Materials works, it’s because of interactions like these. Will Parry and Lyra Silvertongue are, after all, just kids, both of whom stumbled across the secret of interdimensional travel while pursued…

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His Dark Materials Season Two Episode Four Review: “Tower of the Angels”

“Vengeance.” Hey, now we’re talkin’! With a single word, His Dark Materials’ latest episode has upped the intrigue — and the alienness of its science-fantasy worldbuilding — to a new level. No, we’re not talking about the vengeance the witches wreak on the airships of the Magisterium and the soldiers…

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His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode 3 Review: “Theft”

To paraphrase the Eurythmics, they’ve traveled the world and the seven seas, and everybody in this most recent episode of His Dark Materials is looking for something, or someone. Will Parry is looking for his father. So is Lee Scoresby, though he knows the man under a different name. Lyra Silvertongue is…

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His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode 2 Review: “The Cave”

Let’s start with the good news: Will Parry has not been devoured by a CGI smoke monster. The cliffhanger ending of His Dark Materials’s second season premiere is forgotten within the first few seconds of the follow-up episode (“The Cave”), as Will and Lyra prepare for their journey into his…

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His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode 1 Review: “The City of Magpies”

“I don’t need a stand-up bath, do I?” asks Lyra Silvertongue (Dafne Keen). A young traveler between worlds, she has just learned of the marvelous technological achievement known as a shower, and she’s skeptical. “That’s one question you don’t need to ask the alethiometer,” replies her daemon Pantalaimon (a shape-shifting…

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