I just want to be clear that this is a welcoming space for more optimistic readings. I’m struggling to see the version of Lyra you’re describing, and I do think that my short distance from a reread is creating some initial whiplash that will fade as time goes on, but I don’t want you to think I’m incredulous at the… Read more
I’m definitely paraphrasing, and I definitely don’t mean that “they’re trying to put one over on us,” precisely. But I think the reality of any adaptation is that it is unavoidably fan-centric. This doesn’t mean that fans are owed a particular version of a show or that we inherently know better, but I do think that… Read more
I’ll refrain from discussing too much because I’ve seen next week’s episode and know a bit more of where this is going, but I do think that the logical path for this story is to show us the lead-up to the way we drop into Will’s side of things. And I’m open to that being valuable, even if I am not sure it’s “worth it.”
I think the lack of changing is probably an issue of animation: every model that they use has to be fully developed, and more importantly it needs to have the facial animation to be able to talk convincingly. For this reason, to focus on a primary one makes sense, and personally I don’t think it will be a significant… Read more
You know, I’d never thought about the ending of the first book in light of that epigraphic promise of sorts. I mean, I literally just reread the series, and I now remember that being there, but I can’t imagine that I was thinking about it when I first read the ending? You’re right that Pullman doesn’t treat it as a… Read more
It was definitely the same daemon, but having seen the way this resolves I will only say that the show’s Gyptians aren’t as tied to the water.
Yeah, as I note in the review, the fact the “door” he opens goes everything and collapses everything into one is itself meaningful. And so it’s really going to come down to what they do in terms of visualizing and actualizing the reality of what Asriel does.
I hear what you’re saying, but to be very honest with you: I only wrote how the episode made me feel. I’m not going to pretend I’m not piling on somewhat, but the point at which the show stops inspiring big picture manifestos on its existence is the point at which I stop writing them. I wrote a whole paragraph about… Read more
Because it has showcased the potential of combining these formats, and these formats themselves contain multitudes that are worthy of careful consideration?
The Yips are very different from what Kevin is experiencing, but fair.
Admittedly it’s been a while since the show got an A grade—the beginning of the Fiona and Ian feud in Season 8, right before it completely fell apart. But to claim that I wouldn’t give the show credit for doing something well is baseless. Yes, I’m more jaded about the show than an average viewer, but I’m a critic. I’m… Read more