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His Dark Materials: 41 Thoughts I Had

“When I am frightened, I shall master my fear.”

Title: His Dark Materials

Adapter From: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Writers/ Directors: Jack Thorne, Jamie Childs, William McGregor, Otto Bathurst, Tom Hooper, Euros Lyn, Dawn Shadforth

Main Actors: Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne-Marie Duff, James Cosmo, Ariyon Bakare

Release Date: 3 November 2019

Number of Episodes and Duration: 8 episodes, each about an hour long

Rating: 4/5 stars


  • I remember nothing from the books, to be honest.
  • This theme song is so beautiful? Who composes the music?
  • Ahh, it’s Lorne Balfe.
  • I can’t remember exactly if Mrs. Coulter is good or bad, but I’m immediately suspicious.
  • I want a daemon.
  • I have only seen James McAvoy in X-Men, but I can tell he’s a really good actor.
  • It’s a bit slow at the beginning, but I’m sure the pay-off will be worth it.
  • To be honest, I can understand where Mrs. Coulter is coming from. Only strong woman in a society ruled by men.
  • Pan is such a cutie.
  • Can I just say how much I’m loving Dafne Keen as Lyra? How is she that talented?
  • The Gyptians seem like the only sane people in the world.
  • Ahhh yes, I remember the children going missing in the book.
  • Why can no one ever give a straight answer to the “Why am I special?” question?
  • I honestly thought that daemon was pronounced “day-mon”.
  • Okay, so…I’m guessing parallel worlds?
  • I wonder what my daemon’s shape would be when it settled?
  • Uh…Mrs. Coulter is scaring me.
  • Yooh…Lyra’s parents have a messed up backstory.
  • This alitheometer-thing is stressing me out.
  • I swear this music will kill me with its beauty.
  • What the actual fudge (Non-spoilery context: An elevator, a falling boy, and a vanishing daemon)
  • Hey, look! It’s Lin-Manuel Miranda! And his daemon is a rabbit?
  • Oohhh, I’m loving the witches!
  • I hope Mrs. Coulter’s daemon gets a redemption arc. It seems like it isn’t as evil as she is. And why doesn’t it talk?
  • Mrs. Coulter is such a force of nature, to be honest. A scary one, though.
  • Umm…Armored bears are so cool?
  • Ma Costa and Lee Scoresby are precious and they must be protected at all costs.
  • I’m telling you this with tears in my eyes: Any show that can make me cry is worth watching.
  • Roger is such a cutie.
  • Yooh…Is that Andrew Scott?
  • Mrs. Coulter is most definitely unhinged.
  • Witches are so cool.
  • I’m so glad the only American they cast in this series was Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • It should be illegal for an episode to end on such a horrible cliffhanger.
  • The floors where the bears live are so red
  • Can I be like Lyra when I grow up?
  • I’m loving the way the animals look.
  • Poor Elaine. There’s definitely something fishy going on, but everyone writes her off as crazy.
  • YEAH LYRA SILVERTONGUE! (This I remember from the books, too)
  • Wow, James McAvoy. Just wow.
  • Uhhh…what?? How can it end like that??

Last few thoughts:

I think my thoughts should tell you how much I enjoyed this series. Yeah, it was a bit slow at the beginning of the series, but I can understand why. Viewers are immediately thrust into a new world and they take baby-steps for us to understand what’s going on. I appreciate that. I honestly have no idea how true this adaption stays to the book, but so far I’ve heard only good things.


  • Incredibly strong acting (especially from a stunningly talented Dafne Keen)
  • The music gave me chills and it made me cry.

That’s it!

Have you watched His Dark Materials? What did you think?

Till we meet again!

Xx Alexia

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