You were right: puppets enhanced by CGI2nd episode was stronger and better paced. It still seems to be burning through the plot quicker than similar shows, which is taking some getting used to. Sometimes the animal CGI is so good (especially when they interact with characters and objects) that they almost look like hand-crafted animatronic models enhanced by CGI. And they really captured the personality of that POS monkey.
I wouldn't call that enhanced, the puppets are there for a detailed reference (rather than the golfball on a stick of yesteryear), they're very much all replaced.
Very good on BBC, not much on HBO. But it's a BBC show anyway.
He has no choice in the matter.
Behind on this but just watched E2, can someone remind me about things from the novels, please, as it's been years since I read them.
Was there even any world hopping in the first novel? I was a bit surprised at the Magisterium guy just hopping a window in the second episode of the series.
Also, was that window really in some abandoned greenhouse in Oxford? Is that new or in the novel?
Finally, for some reason I was remembering that a person's daemon disappeared when someone from Lyra's works came to Earth (or a world where daemons aren't a thing) and became like a "normal" internalized soul? Am I wrong?
Just heard the voice, it's great.
Dafne Keen has an excellent "big smile" for this sort of childish mischief.
Yep! And he was in the Ballad of Buster Scruggs doing a brilliant job as the guy with no arms or legs.
I took it as artistic liberty combined with people deliberately ignoring him like the previous time.It has been some time since I’ve read the books, can someone refresh my memory on the “rules” around human-daemon communication?
I’m aware that someone’s daemon will tend not to speak to another human (though can and will do on occasion), but what about overhearing conversations between a human and their daemon?
In the last episode, Lyra overhears Lee’s daemon when she enters the bar, but nobody else round there seemed to hear it saying that they stole from everyone?
I’m a bit confused, or should I just take that as artistic liberty?
It's doing really well in the UK, 9.7m viewers for episode 1 then over 7m for 2-4. The only shows with higher ratings are the latest big-budget David Attenborough nature documentary, and the two big celebrity reality shows.
It’s all CGI which honestly makes it even more impressive. They have puppets, but they only use those for rehearsals.I don't know how much is puppetry and how much is CGI, but the movement of the animals is fantastic. Serafina's daemon, Iofur, Hester all have perfect physicality and mannerisms of real-world birds, bears and hares, while also being convincing sentient beings. It would heave been so easy to get it wrong.