His Dark Materials


Ad campaigns, promotional trailers, social media jibber-jabber and spoiler alerts create hype, expectation and collective judgement long before most entertainment has a chance to resonate with the masses. Rare is an opportunity to stumble upon entertainment without external bias. Yesterday, blissfully rare ignorance arrived in the form of His Dark Materials – from opening credits to end of season one, episode seven, I devoured this HBO gem. Hadn’t read the books, never heard of the author or series, couldn’t stop watching if I tried. In my book that’s a powerful and satisfying accomplishment.

A link for those who can’t live without background – https://www.chatelaine.com/living/entertainment/his-dark-materials-canada/ For everyone else watch it or not, but know I fell hard for His Dark Materials.

a little girl wearing a red jumper looks at a compass

Dafne Keen and her pine marten daemon in ‘His Dark Materials’

A woman wearing a blue dress walknig down a stone hallway with a tiger trailing behind her

Ruth Wilson and her daemon golden monkey in ‘His Dark Materials’

An armoured polar bear