Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Eager) has entered a brand new world within the opening episode of His Darkish Supplies season 2 (Credit score: BBC)
Warning: spoilers forward for season 1 of His Dark Materials.
The arrival of His Darkish Supplies season 2 couldn’t have come at a greater time, providing viewers a really welcome dose of distraction, fantasy and escapism as we face an unsure actuality.
On the finish of season 1 of His Darkish Supplies, protagonist Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen) finds herself in a fragile, unsure place. Having witnessed her good friend Roger (Lewin Lloyd) die by the hands of her father Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) – a person she thought she might belief wholeheartedly – Lyra decides to step into the unknown, coming into the doorway of a brand new world.
Season 2 of His Darkish Supplies, the tv adaptation of Philip Pullman’s guide trilogy of the identical identify, picks up proper the place we left off, following Lyra as she units off on her journey for solutions with solely her shape-shifting daemon Pantalaimon (voiced by Equipment Connor) for firm.
Nevertheless, she quickly meets the kind-hearted Will Parry (Amir Wilson), who additionally comes from one other world, a world the place he’s a younger carer for his mom and the place he not too long ago went on the run after killing an intruder at his dwelling in self-defence.
The highly-anticipated assembly between Lyra and Will marks a big level within the collection, as each characters should study to belief one another regardless of experiencing immeasurable loss and unhappiness of their pasts. Following the explosive motion of season 1, the approaching collectively of those two characters initially of the season supplies viewers with a vital reminder – that regardless of how heroic and noble these two characters are, regardless of how a lot accountability is positioned on their shoulders, on the finish of the day, they’re nonetheless simply kids.
Will Parry (Amir Wilson) and Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Eager) kind an alliance (Credit: BBC/© Dangerous Wolf/HBO)
Dafne and Amir each do a masterful job at portraying younger characters who’re simply as wide-eyed as they’re smart past their years, bouncing off each other as they discover the curious metropolis of Cittàgazze collectively. Regardless of coming from totally different worlds, one with witches and the opposite with iPhones, the pair are clearly lower from the identical material, each inherently believing within the significance of goodness and morality.
However the episode reaches its peak when scene-stealer Ruth Wilson arrives on display because the devilishly conniving Mrs Coulter. We will all agree that Mrs Coulter is innately corrupt, a girl who will cease at nothing to get what she desires, significantly in relation to monitoring down her daughter Lyra. However her scenes are completely riveting to look at, Ruth savouring each manipulative phrase uttered by Mrs Coulter as if she’s ingesting a glass of scrumptious crimson wine.
Ruth Wilson continues to captivate as Mrs Coulter, pictured right here with Will Eager as Father MacPhail (Credit: Dangerous Wolf/HBO/BBC)
Season 1 supplied only a style of the cruelty Mrs Coulter is ready and keen to inflict on others, all of the whereas emphasising her capability to like when confronted with Lyra and her former lover (and co-parent) Lord Asriel. If the opening episode of season 2 is something to go by, Ruth will show herself but once more as one of many standout stars of the present. Truthfully, the choice to solid The Affair star on this function was actually the most effective TV casting decisions of current years.
Whereas we really feel a way of comforting familiarity when the wisecracking Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) seems within the season premiere, sparks fly when witch-queens Serafina Pekkala (Ruta Gedmintas) and Ruta Skadi (Jade Anouka) come nose to nose, the latter a brand new arrival within the collection. With a menacing glint in her eye, Ruta is simply as highly effective as she is entrancing to look at, the sequence that she options in offering one of many highlights of the episode.
The opening of season 2 additionally teases the introduction of Spectres, terrifying beings that anybody who has learn the guide trilogy will know are to be tremendously feared. Whereas Lyra and Will are at present protected from their grasp – as Spectres are solely a hazard to adults – we’ve little doubt spine-chilling scenes await us this season.
The season 2 premiere of His Darkish Supplies units up the remainder of the season properly, gently introducing viewers to new worlds, characters and ideas. Whereas the joy on this season will undoubtedly attain far larger heights because the story progresses, the return of the present is precisely what all of us want as we flip to TV for diversion throughout lockdown.
Season 2 episode 1 of His Darkish Supplies airs on Sunday 8 November at 8.10pm on BBC One.