His Dark Materials: A Slow Start But Shows Promise


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When I saw the first trailer for His Dark Materials (a new HBO show), I knew the concept seemed familiar. After racking my brain for a while I realized this was the same book series that The Golden Compass film stemmed from. A movie that I liked, but didn’t love. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres but something missed the mark with that film. Unfortunately, the His Dark Materials series premiere gave me that same feeling. 

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A Slow Start

Now I totally understand that more often than not the first episode of a series can be slow. They need to figure out where they are going, and give you a buildup of what is going on. Perhaps it was because I knew the base of the story, but this episode felt extra slow to me. I found myself looking at my watch and thinking that it had to have been an hour already. It had only been about 20. 

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Fantastic Cast

One thing that I will say about His Dark Materials is that there is a fantastic cast! James McAvoy was the stand out in the premiere for me, and I cannot wait to see Lin-Manuel Miranda join the cast soon! Ruth Wilson was great as well, but I wasn’t totally thrilled about Dafne Keen’s performance. She is a child actor and hopefully she comes in to her own as the series goes on. For me, she wasn’t 100% believable as Lyra. I am not sure what it was… but she just seemed off. 

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Season One Trailer Shows Upcoming Action

All this being said, the trailer that shows us what we have to look forward to is jam packed with action. Because I know where the story leads, I am really excited for the future of the series. A slow start, sure, but we have a lot to look forward to if it is done right. Fantasy, betrayal, and action — sign me up!

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Overall Thoughts

Overall I will say that His Dark Materials starts off slow for sure. But I have high hopes that it will get where it needs to be. Seeing clips from future episodes has me more than excited for what is to come. With a cast like this, the only way to go is up! 

While the first episode of His Dark Materials is extremely slow and boring, the series as a whole shows promise.

About His Dark Materials

Based on author Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy, His Dark Materials follows Lyra, a brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s quest to find her kidnapped friend leads her to uncover a sinister plot of a secret organization, encounter extraordinary beings and protect dangerous secrets.

His Dark Materials airs Mondays at 9pm ET on HBO.

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