his dark materials the city of magpies review

His Dark Materials is going through some growing pains. The first season couldn’t quite meet its own Game of Thrones-sized ambitions, which hobbled the show before it could really find its footing. Was it a dark, serious epic fantasy? Or the whimsical YA adventure that Philip Pullman‘s novels first presented as? His Dark Materials ended up falling somewhere in the middle, and while the first season was a far more respectful adaptation than the disastrous 2007 film The Golden Compass, it was a tonally confused series that didn’t seem to know where to place the pieces of whimsy in Pullman’s book within its larger narrative.

While some remnants of its Game of Thrones ambitions remain in the first episode of His Dark Materials season 2, especially in the show’s insistence to show the epic sprawl of the growing ensemble, “City of Magpies” enters a brave new world: one where the show is much more confident as a rich religious fantasy epic that isn’t afraid to let out a laugh every now and then. But season 2’s premiere still finds itself stumbling over the spillover from season 1, taking a little too long to establish its setting and its characters before it can get to the real meat of the story.

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doctor who season 13

In uncertain times like these, we need Doctor Who more than ever. And lo and behold, our favorite time-traveling alien has answered our prayers. The 13th season of Doctor Who has begun filming amid strict coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols and guidelines for a season that will be “fun filled and action packed as ever – with plenty of surprises,” BBC teases. But, due to the added time of those safety protocols, Doctor Who season 13 will be shortened to eight episodes (likely meaning seven, plus a holiday special), rather than the usual 11 episodes.

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brideshead revisited remake

BBC is set to revisit Brideshead Revisited. But the British network’s new adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh classic novel has a few exciting things going for it: a prestigious director, Luca Guadagnino, who has just wrapped up his first TV project, and a star-studded ensemble led by Andrew Garfield that would feature a Carol reunion between fellow stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

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his dark materials season 3

His Dark Materials has yet to debut its sophomore season, but the team behind the epic fantasy-adventure series is already hard at work on season 3. Executive producer Joel Collins teased that His Dark Materials season 3 is already in the works, and seeing as it adapts the most ambitious and lavish book of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, they’re going to need all the time they can get.

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his dark materials season 2 featurette

There’s never been a better time to escape to a different world, and His Dark Materials has loads of them. But things look pretty dire even in the parallel worlds that populate BBC and HBO’s epic fantasy series, which adapts Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy of the same name. There’s a war a’brewing that spans multiple worlds, with both sides eying one all-powerful weapon with a not-so-obvious name. Learn all about the subtle knife and the expanding lore of His Dark Materials in the newly released His Dark Materials season 2 featurette.

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doctor who time lord victorious nycc panel

Dalekmania is back in full force, and this time, the fans are the ones behind the helm. The famous foes from Doctor Who are getting their own animated series. For New York Comic-Con, Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious producer James Goss was joined by Daleks! voice actors Joe Sugg, Nicholas Briggs, and Ayesha Antoine to preview the upcoming animated series Daleks!, which will premiere this November on the Doctor Who YouTube channel for free.

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doctor who nycc panel

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker was joined by her companions played by Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh to reflect on the game-changing twelfth season of the beloved BBC sci-fi series, and give a tease for the highly anticipated holiday special “Revolution of the Daleks” at this year’s virtual New York Comic-Con. While we didn’t learn much about the holiday special, including what its “holiday” designation means for a release date (is it Christmas or New Years?! Tell us BBC!), we did get two first look images from “Revolution of the Daleks,” which show Team TARDIS in a tight spot. See the first look images, and the details teased by NYCC panel moderator Melanie McFarland from Salon.com, below.

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daleks animated series

Every science-fiction franchise has its iconic monster. Star Trek has the Borg, Star Wars has too many to count, and Doctor Who has the Daleks. At first glance, these glorified salt-and-pepper shakers with a plunger look unimpressive, but something about these formerly low-budget creations have stuck in the public consciousness. They’ve gotten their own TV shows, movies, lunch boxes, and have even survived to become an important part of the modern-day revival of Doctor Who. And now they’re back in the spotlight again with their very own animated TV series, Daleks!, the final piece of the ongoing Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious multimedia crossover event.

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doctor who christopher eccleston

Here’s some truly fantastic news to lighten up your Monday: Christopher Eccleston, who helped bring Doctor Who to the 21st century with his portrayal of the Ninth Doctor in the modern-day revival of the classic British sci-fi series, is returning to the role after 15 years. Well, in audio form. But regardless of the medium, this is a big deal considering the actor’s famous split with the BBC after his short-lived one season run on Doctor Who, and his reluctance to associate with the role of the beloved time-traveling alien in the years since.

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killing eve season 4 delayed

One day, I won’t have to write a non-stop stream of stories about things being delayed due to COVID-19 – but today is not that day. The latest: production on Killing Eve season 4 has been delayed indefinitely. The series shoots in Europe, and filming on the latest season was supposed to begin in August. Now, that’s off the table, and no one knows when things will be able to officially start.

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