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Ms. Coulter is one of the best villains on TV

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The HBO series Its dark materials, based on the novels by Philip Pullman, recently concluded a solid second season. Fantastic author Erin Lindsey was especially impressed with the show’s main villain, Ms. Coulter, played by Ruth Wilson.

“Ms. Coulter’s performance and the way she wrote is so brilliant in this show that I never tire of it,” Lindsey says in episode 453 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast.

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley agrees that Ms. Coulter is a highlight of the show. “She’s such an interesting character because she’s very icy, she’s very mean, but she loves her daughter on some level,” he says. “She has incredible control over her emotions, but she obviously has a lot of very strong emotions, and she has these flashes of humanity, but she’s also very ruthless.

Like many characters in Its dark materialsMs. Coulter has an animal companion – a “demon” – who represents her soul. Science fiction author Sam J. Miller found Ms. Coulter’s relationship with her demon – a sinister golden monkey who never speaks – particularly memorable.

“There were scenes that I found very difficult to watch, the way they communicate his self-harm and his relationship with his demon, which is so horrible and disturbing,” he says. “It was probably what I have felt the most emotionally the whole season.”

Writer Sara Lynn Michener says Ms. Coulter remembers many complicated women who came to power within patriarchal institutions. “She decided she was going to play this game better than everyone else in order to beat it, and because of that, there are things that she decided to kill in herself that she shouldn’t.” to have, and there are things that she sacrificed herself to have strength, ”says Michener. “It is deeply tragic. There is so much to say and think about with this character.

Listen to the full interview with Erin Lindsey, Sam J. Miller and Sara Lynn Michener in Episode 453 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.

Erin Lindsey on the controversy:

“I suspect that [Catholic] the church would be positioned differently from its predecessor in terms of how it would view [shows] like that. It’s speculation, but Pope Benedict and Pope Francis are noticeably quite different in their approaches to almost everything. … Another piece of the puzzle too, frankly, is that when you talk about controversies and culture wars, what’s being recorded on the radar is orders of magnitude more dramatic than something like that. I think we got so excited in cultures war conversations that are so much bigger and more important than this – no matter what institutions or individuals feel – that it probably sounded like a minnow, when we have bigger fish to fry. “

Sam J. Miller on visual effects:

“With a lot of the visuals from the first season, I could tell they were CGI, and in some cases, the CGI wasn’t as good as it could be, or disappointing, or I could tell when the turns were cut – especially the polar bear fight. But that never bothered me in Season 2. I thought they had really improved their game.… The sets of Cittàgazze were so beautiful, and so much was real. Although I will say I had a moment of rage in one of the things behind the scenes. The guy who designed [Cittàgazze] explained how: “I went to 140 places, and couldn’t find the right one, so we decided to create our own. And I say to myself, I want the job where I go in 140 – 140! – great old towns, then I say, ‘No, I’ll make my own.’ “

Sara Lynn Michener on Mary malone:

“It was absolutely how I imagined her from the books, because she’s this wonderfully motherly scientist, and that’s the meaning I got from the character in the book, and so seeing it come to life.” was truly extraordinary. This whole series is wonderfully molded. Her character is fascinating, and I love that there is that connection to the tenuous relationship with people who are curious about religion and curious about big questions, and the natural form of someone who starts out as a nun and becomes a physicist. , which makes perfect sense to me, having been brought up in religion and moving away from it as a teenager. So yeah, I loved the character.

David Barr Kirtley on the death of the characters:

“I remember watching the the Lord of the Rings special characteristics, and Peter Jackson talks about this problem where the story is that Boromir is going to get killed in this battle with a bunch of Urk-hai, and Peter Jackson is like, “I felt like we had to have a particular Uruk-hai who is a character. And so they built this Uruk-hai with the white hand on his face to be that character you recognize, so that when Boromir is killed and Aragorn fights this orc, it’s not just a random orc you have never seen it before. And I wonder if we needed something like that here, where one of the Magisterium soldiers was built – and it wouldn’t have to be huge – so that it wasn’t just a faceless stormtrooper. , he’s someone we’ve seen in a few scenes before.

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