December 16th, 2019

timmys adventure

"His Dark Materials"

Back in the early 90's I bought the collected trilogy "His Dark Materials" at Costco. It sat on my shelf for years. You old skoolers might remember when "The Golden Compass" came out in the early 2000's. There were much buzz in the furry community since one of the premises was that in another parallel universe our souls were manifested as an animal daemon. There was a huge uproar in the religious community since the author was an atheist and the books were a jab at religion. The religious right had a very effective campaign to boycott the movie, and in the end it flopped based on Hollywood standards. The movie was loaded with talent like Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, and Sam Elliot. I have watched it again over the years and think it was very well done.

Right after I saw the movie I pulled the old book off the shelf and started reading. I have never read a book that vividly in my life. In a sense I was biased because I was reading the book with the voices of the actors. That wasn't such a bad thing. Perhaps it enhance the experience. For one of the first times in my life I actually cried while reading during one particular death scene. While watching the movie once I wondered where one of the epic battle scenes had gone. It was then I realized that the entire "movie scene" was something that I had concocted in my own head while reading.

So now HBO has picked up the mantle and has started telling the trilogy again. I haven't heard any religious protesting, so hopefully this will be a multiple season show. So far the story has followed the book(s) quite closely. I cringe a little at the multiculturalism, but that is the new normal. My big complaint is how the daemons are treated. Only the main characters have their daemons prominently displayed. When looking at all of the minor characters, their daemons are nowhere to be found. The books really focus on the daemons since they are an integral part of the person and reflect that person's personality. The show is treating them way too flippantly. My other complaint is the casting of Lin Luis Miranda as Lee Scoresby. Sam Elliot played the character perfectly in the movie. The role was made for him. They've now made the character as something of a shyster. That's not how I read that character at all. *shrugs* Oh well.

Oh yes. I should also mention Iorek. When the first movie came out everyfur was abuzz about the murry purry polar bear character. Of course he's back since he is an integral part of the story. The good news is that there has been 15 more years of CGI technology, so he's even murrier and purrier. There was also buzz about a phrase he used when he was supposed to transport the girl Lyra. He says something like "You'll have to ride me!" I noticed that the phrase he used in the new show was ever better. "I won't be gentle!"