His Dark Materials (Season 2) Review
by H. Dalgleish
“The devil is in the detail” is a great phrase to describe this series!”
Director: Jamie Childs
Cast: Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Lin Manuel Miranda & Amir Wilson
Synopsis: Season 2 of His Dark Materials is based on The Subtle Knife novel by Phillip Pullman. It follows the story of Lyra Silvertongue and her new ally (Will Parry) in search of his father whilst setting camp in new realm (Cittàgazze) but also trying to avoid Lyra’s mother Mrs Coulter and her ally Carlo Boreal.
Review: His Dark Materials Season 2 leads on remarkably from Season 1, carrying on the same storyline as though it was a new episode of Season 1. As the Season progresses, the storyline thickens, tensions rise and the audience can start to make connections from the previous season; however this does risk causing confusion and that does happen quite a few times. Fortunately, the TV series does answer every question in future episodes. There can be more confusion when the characters switch between realms such as when the characters are in Cittàgazze, a realm in which was attacked by Spectres that target adults, or if they are in Oxford, mainly where Mrs Coulter and Carlo Boreal live and seek out Lyra. Also, the introduction of new characters could get confusing, like Mary Malone, an astrophysicist who is investigating how dark matter affects human consciousness. But if you stick with the series, the confusion does begin to simmer away.
Season 2 of His Dark Materials is very much related the series to the book, (and sequel of The Northern Lights) The Subtle Knife which is good for fans of the book series and encourages fans of the series to consider reading the book series. The producers, casters, set designers, costume designers and script makers did a fantastic job! As much as they had to alter parts of the book to fit the series, there is nothing to dislike.
The music in this series is impeccable, with the score focused on how tense or safe the scene was and adding more depth. Whether there is a fight scene, the music ensures that the tone is deep and ongoing with subtle strikes/ loud noises to build up tension and suspense. The detail from the loud pieces of music to the more subdued pieces, was commendable.
“The devil is in the detail” is a great phrase to describe this series!
His Dark Materials (Season 2) is currently available on BBC iPlayer). It was rated 12 by the BBFC.