HBO Max’s adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels seems disinterested in examining its characters upon its return.
Shots are fired & Lyra suffers an unimaginable loss in a sober end to a solid debut season.
Iorek reclaims his throne & Lyra gets both a new name & a family reunion in an uneven penultimate episode.
Mrs. Coulter is rejected once again, and the Gyptians ride in to rescue the missing children.
Things take a bleak turn as Lyra goes on a side trip & discovers the fate of one of the missing children.
Lyra & the Gyptians get some formidable muscle, both human and otherwise, in a dazzling, emotionally moving fourth episode.
Lyra finally understands what it means to have a family, as Mrs. Coulter cranks things up on the evil dial.
Lyra discovers Mrs. Coulter’s dark side in an occasionally overstuffed second episode.
HBO & the BBC’s lavish adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy series is off to a fine, visually stunning start.