The second episode of HBO’s fantasy drama was released on Monday night, and every minute viewers questioned what world they were working on.
With the Magisterium as a portal to new realities, presenting more questions than answers, the storyline maintained a logical trajectory. And this week, the true twist of this episode finds Lord Arielle (James McAvoy) not being the father of Lord (Daphne Keane), but instead, the second episode is equally entertaining.
First, starting right where the last episode left off, Lyra makes her first move to London with her new guardian, Magisterium member Mrs. Culper (Ruth Wilson). As a curiosity of childhood seizes the rhythm, the audience is captivated by the elaborate exclusion of Mrs. Culper’s expansionist penthouse.
The Beauty of Space in the false sense of security, both Laira and the audience shout as golden pieces come out of the Penthouse’s pastel blue furniture.
However, fans familiar with Wilson’s work – particularly his time spent as Alice Morgan on the BBC’s “Luther” – will discover how adept he is at hiding the villain under her charming attitude.
Wilson performs the same sort of manipulation in “His Dark Materials”, as well as creating his dubious character through snap snaps in Lyra’s occasional reprimand of his own daemon, a golden monkey (Brian Fisher).
Eventually, Mrs. Culper’s confrontation with Lyra leads to her burial rage, when she is talking about her interactions with the two men of the Magisterium. In the heat of the moment, Mrs. Culper reveals that Lord Ariel is Lyra’s father rather than her uncle, which completely changes the basis of Lyra’s reality.
In a seductress scene, this is the identity of Mrs. Cullter who is sliced into secrecy. Eventually, he needed a daemon to command his daemon in order to attack Leora. However, Mr. The mystery of who, or what Coulter is, is not even close to the mystery surrounding the rest of the episode.
Whereas the first half the episode focuses solely on Laira getting acquainted with her new home and guardian, which Lord Carlo (Arian the goat) of the Magisterium has his own unknown agenda in a completely different world – ours. And the effect is largely a mess.
After an episode and half of the creation of a fictional reality, reproduction is uncertain for the world of 21st-century humans. Suddenly, the daemon is replaced by more familiar peers – cellphones – and blimps are replaced by modern vehicles.
The transition represents a shocking reminder of our own reality exactly why HBO can be considered a powerhouse in the realm of fictional storytelling; The flawless world-building of the network is capable of creating our own world. Exceptionally dull.
Although Lord Carlo is traveling between realities, however, the show’s main mystery continues in the background of the episode. Gyptians have arrived also, London is searching for the kidnappers of their children, whom they have known as Gobblers.
And reminiscent of those found in “Game of Thrones”. The episode manages to bind the Gobblers to the Magisterium as Lyra learns that Mrs. Kuppter is the head of the General Oblation Board or GOB.
With so many moving parts in just the second episode, it is impressive that the production itself catches everyone lost without any complication.
Instead, each scene presents the viewer with a digestible part of a larger mystery, leading to the final cliffhanger, where Laira runs away from Mrs. Cullter, only captured by Gobblers.
For the second episode from the pilot, “Their Dark Material” awaits no one as it dives deeper into its own lore. The series is quickly showcasing its potential lord stands on his own in the form of a spotlight from Ashriel to focus solely on Laira.
Listeners are dying away from this episode for answers, and in many ways, it is a true indicator of success for television shows because it relies on its own secrets. Audiences have to come back next week to see if the golden compass will tell Lyra who she can trust.