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Amph BBC to Adapt 'His Dark Materials'

Discussion in 'Community' started by Diggy, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    Full trailer:
     
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  2. Chewgumma

    Chewgumma Force Ghost star 7

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    Oh bloody hell, fine BBC. I'll pay a year's license fee.

    Doctor Who starts up again in a couple of months anyway.
     
  3. Mar17swgirl

    Mar17swgirl Force Ghost star 7

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    Watched the first episode last night. Looks pretty good! The only complaint I'd have is that there doesn't seem to be enough daemons around. For instance, in the airship scene the only two daemons visible on screen were Pan and Mrs. Coulter's monkey. None of the other passengers seemed to have them around! Is it because they were trying to keep the cost of VFX down?
     
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  4. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    I thought it was good. I wasn't sure going in that Ruth Wilson was right for Mrs Coulter, but I thought she was great when I finally saw her in the role - she's warmer than I remember being in the books, but it's been a while since I read them.

    I agree about the lack of daemons. though. Money and time restrictions I'm sure.
     
  5. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    The lack of daemons I also noticed, especially when the Gyptians were gathered. Otherwise, a very solid start - room to breathe with the pacing. Some of the daemon cgi was a bit video game-esque (the raven, where they could have used a real bird, I'm sure) , but I was fine with that.

    The most jarring thing for me was the modern style helicopter delivering Lord Asriel at the start rather than a steam-punky type thing. But maybe that's how it was in the book, I can't honestly remember.
     
  6. Count Yubnub

    Count Yubnub Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Yeah... thus far it’s OK. Agreed on the lack of daemons. And I didn’t care much for the look of the Gyptians. I have to say that while this episode was enjoyable, thus far the movie version--for all its flaws--at least *looks* better. Ah well, at last we’ll get the full story this time.
     
  7. timmoishere

    timmoishere Force Ghost star 6

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    I’m really digging slow pace of the storytelling here. That’s the luxury of having 8 hours to tell the story rather than just 2. Even so, that hour flew by rapidly.

    I’m not entirely sold on James McAvoy as Asrael yet, but the other cast fit their roles well. I wonder how many other Game of Thrones veterans will appear on this show.
     
  8. Chewgumma

    Chewgumma Force Ghost star 7

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    I mean, it's not really that surprising. As amazing as this adaptation looks for a BBC production, it's still just that. It doesn't have the same kind of budget as what the movie had, which was intended by New Line Cinema to be a massive, Lord of the Rings style success.

    Plus, given how drastically the scale of the story increases as it goes along, and how fast it does so, I have to assume they're starting off smaller and eeking out the budget for, say, when a CGI polar bear becomes one of the main supporting characters.
     
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  9. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    I liked episode 2. Thought this was very much Ruth Wilson's episode, and I'm loving her Mrs. Coulter. It's a slow burn, but I think it's pretty good. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
     
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  10. Mar17swgirl

    Mar17swgirl Force Ghost star 7

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    Some reshuffling of the plot, I see. Looks like they've decided to sacrifice some of the grand reveals for the sake of bringing the storylines closer together and streamlining them. Could work, if they stick with it.

    The daemon/human ratio has improved a bit, but the underrepresentation of daemons is still noticeable in crowd scenes.
     
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  11. Count Yubnub

    Count Yubnub Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I really enjoyed Ruth Wilson’s performance in this episode. Great casting.
     
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  12. Leoluca Randisi

    Leoluca Randisi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I would say this is way closer to the books then the Movie, at least they didn't take out the religion aspect like the movie did. I absolutely love the cast and its super dark!
    Ruth Wilson was in this great Showtime show The Affair I new she would be good!

    I absolutely love this show I am sad we only have 2 episodes left in season 1 :_| now I have to wait till next year for season 2...
     
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  13. Count Yubnub

    Count Yubnub Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I’m getting used to the way everything looks. Still not enthused about the lack of daemons.

    Still, it’s exciting that CG has come so far. We’re seeing excellently rendered, near-photorealistic talking animals, in a TV show—not even one with a huge budget!
     
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  14. Count Yubnub

    Count Yubnub Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Finished the first season. Wow, that was fantastic!
     
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  15. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

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    Yep, it was.
     
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  16. Count Yubnub

    Count Yubnub Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Season 2 trailer

     
  17. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    Just watched the first episode of season 2. I thought it was pretty good.
     
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  18. Mustafar_66

    Mustafar_66 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Will's just bloody lovely, isn't he?
     
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  19. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    Yeah, he's good.
     
  20. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

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    Dammit, that cliffhanger.

    So good to have this back, has series 3 / 4 been confirmed yet?
     
  21. Mar17swgirl

    Mar17swgirl Force Ghost star 7

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    Decent first episode.
     
  22. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    The daemons seem to be better animated this season. Solid first episode.
     
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  23. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 9

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    I'd assume they're only doing one series per book, so only 3.

    But they may also adapt the Book of Dust if it's finished by then.
     
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  24. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

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    Some article I saw a few months back suggested that might prove tricky due to the size of the book.

    They have to move fast though, as their leads won't be the right age forever.
     
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  25. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 9

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    I guess they could stretch Amber Spyglass into 2 series if they wanted.
    Or just make S3 slightly longer, 8 episodes instead of 6
     
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