HBO's 'His Dark Materials' is a captivating fantasy story which suffers from muddled adaptation choices

Business Insider | 11/4/2019 | Kim Renfro
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HBO and BBC's coproduction of "His Dark Materials" premieres Monday night on the US network.

The show is based on a phenomenal best-selling fantasy series, and it's already been greenlit for a second season.

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The dazzling cast and epic settings have all the makings of a great fantasy story.

But the series suffers from some clumsy adaptation choices and changes which muddle the already-complicated narrative.

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"His Dark Materials" is worth the watch, though people who haven't read the books might find it less engaging.

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HBO and BBC's "His Dark Materials" series is a new adaptation of Phillip Pulman's beloved young-adult fantasy series, and fans of the books will surely enjoy the new series but it leaves something to be desired for anyone unfamiliar with the story.

After viewing four of the first season's eight total episodes, we found the star-studded cast and fantasy settings to be captivating, while the story structure was unnecessarily muddled.

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Why you should care: The show is based on a phenomenal best-selling fantasy series, and it's already been greenlit for a second season.

"His Dark Materials" is based on a best-selling book trilogy of the same name by Philip Pulman. The first book of the series was adapted into a movie called "The Golden Compass" in 2007, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. The story was never finished in movie form, but now fans of the story have another chance to see it completed in a new adaptation.

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Now HBO and BBC have teamed up to bring the story to life in a television format, hoping to realize more of the story in a visual medium this time around. Months before "His Dark Materials" premiered, it was already renewed for a second season that's now in production.

The story's main character is Lyra Belaqua, an 11-year-old orphan girl...
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