- Apr 28, 2006
While it's a bit of an in-between episode filling the gap between Lyra escaping Mrs Coulter and the arrival in the North, I thought they did manage to make it interesting. The confrontation between the Gyptians and Mrs Coulter (and her monkey) was a highlight.I thought ep3 was up to the mark. A shame there were no scenes between Lyra and Mrs Coulter, but Ma Costa kept up the standard, and added to the impression of the women acting the men off the stage (though to be fair, none of them were bad, apart from a couple of central casting villains.)
It's been a while since I read it, but I'd don't recall Lord Boreal's "excursions" (to avoid spoilers) from the book. Was that added to cohere with the rest of the trilogy?
It's been a while since I've read it as well, but others have commented that in the books Boreal has been making these excursions for some time but we don't find out about it until the second book, so they are changing when the audience finds out about things but not changing the plot.
I was also skimming through some of the first book earlier and Boreal talks to Lyra about the oblation board at Mrs Coulter's party shortly before Lyra runs away.I've had a flick through the start of the first book and he does appear there, though I can't recall what he does. I might start a reread actually.