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Posted 13 November 2019 - 06:29 AM

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Clunky reveal
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I was thinking the reveal was the second one you mentioned, myself.

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 07:12 AM

View PostTiste Simeon, on 13 November 2019 - 01:23 AM, said:

Clunky reveal
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Posted 13 November 2019 - 08:32 AM

I was thinking during the first part of ep 2 that while in the books the late (book 2) inclusion of 'our' world works well, on tv it would be better to have something earlier to draw in people who have not read them.

And then they did just that.. so I can kind of see why they've done it that way.
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Posted 13 November 2019 - 01:17 PM

View PostTraveller, on 13 November 2019 - 08:32 AM, said:

I was thinking during the first part of ep 2 that while in the books the late (book 2) inclusion of 'our' world works well, on tv it would be better to have something earlier to draw in people who have not read them.

And then they did just that.. so I can kind of see why they've done it that way.

Agreed, feels like the right way to do it. The books are all from Lyra's POV, but including other POVs like Boreal/Magisterium/Gyptians as early as they're doing sounds like a win-win-win-win. They get to introduce some of the more interesting ideas earlier, they get to have a bigger cast of important characters, book-readers have some extra scenes to sink their teeth into, and Dafne Keen doesn't have to be in every scene so they get around child-labour laws.

And from what I've heard Pullman is directly contributing in terms of telling them what other characters would have been up to during the events of the first book.

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:13 PM

I'm liking this so far. One thing that struck me though, and I don't really know if this is a negative or not yet, is how much it focuses on the adults. Probably a necessity for television, and as Dadding says, it has its pluses, but I wonder if that cuts out some of the younger age group the books work so well for. I could imagine a lot of kids who'd love the books but be kinda bored by a lot of this show, since so much of it is neutral perspective rather than kids-eye-view of things. Kinda makes the adult-business-only scenes a little dry, maybe. Anyway, could be totally wrong about that, and the entire cast so far has been great. I'm liking this take on the Gyptians a lot.
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Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:29 PM

Episode 3 was good but the distinct lack of armoured bears is really beginning to drag the show imo. ;)
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Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:29 PM

I thought ep 3 was excellent. It's just what I want from a tv series adaptation over a movie. Time spent over all the details, the different elements all given space to develop instead of the usual rush for the spectacle.

I really love the way the alethiometer has
been introduced. Ruth Wilson is doing a great job so far too.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:36 AM

100% agree with Traveller, I loved that we got a quiet episode to focus on the details.

Also, Pan chasing the spy fly was glorious. The CGI of the daemons really is superb.

I think we may get Iorek next episode or the following one Tiste, hang in there! ;)
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Posted 19 November 2019 - 10:31 PM

Only meta-spoilery if you haven't read the books:

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 09:59 AM

View Postworry, on 19 November 2019 - 10:31 PM, said:

Only meta-spoilery if you haven't read the books:

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Agreed, I think it's been a real winner to dig into that.

Spoilers for those who haven't seen episode three:
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Posted 24 November 2019 - 09:25 PM

Man, this show is a delight.

A tv series of a book that is... getting it right? It's so good to see! Ep 4 and things are heating up.

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 09:33 AM

 Traveller, on 24 November 2019 - 09:25 PM, said:

Man, this show is a delight.

A tv series of a book that is... getting it right? It's so good to see! Ep 4 and things are heating up.

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 12:56 PM

Apologies for double post, but something came to me earlier today and I wonder if fellow people familiar with the story think the same:

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:09 PM

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:31 PM

ARMOURED BEARS! Episode 4 was the best yet. Not just because of Iorek but mainly because of Iorek...

This show just keeps improving!
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:03 PM

And its improving in precisely the way a book improves - the pace is book-pace, not movie-pace. So everything is given room to develop. I think it's really just warming up.

Does anyone know if they've just made the first book, or if season 2 is going ahead or anything?
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:12 PM

It's been renewed for a second season :)
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:13 PM

Source for the above from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia...%29?wprov=sfla1
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:44 PM

Good, thanks!
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Posted 27 November 2019 - 06:36 AM

I've never read the books, and this show continues to surprise me in all the right ways. And I did not expect to enjoy Miranda's acting as much as I do. The musical way he delivers his lines is really charming.
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