Well, the show is going a bit afield from the books. Probably to speed things up.
Episode 2 was good as well. Ruth Wilson as Ms Coulter is great. They are really establishing her as a off balance manipulator/bad guy and they are doing a great job showing her relationship with her daemon. I am having issues with daemons though. Seems like your at an advantage or disadvantage depending on what form your daemon takes. I don't understand how a daemon can take the form on an insect either. And are there wild animals in this world to be wary of? Seems like a bug daemon or a prey daemon would be constantly under attack. And eventually why wouldn't every fight be determined by daemon? Getting a Pokemon vibe from it. And personally if I had a butterfly/moth daemon and I was in a life threatening situation, it wouldn't be fluttering around in front of the threats face. I'd have it in my hand or on my shoulder. It makes me wonder if they can't communicate with the insect daemons.
Agree with @JaimieT about the daemons. It would seem one's daemon could be either a great asset or a great vulnerability. Also there's the thing about bad stuff happening if a person and their daemon getting too far apart. I think Pullman just ignored a lot of these implications. "Realistically," daemons would have a much more significant influence on society than they seem to in the books and in this show. But, yeah, the butterfly effect was cool. Can we please have armored bears next episode?
Just in response to Cecily & Alexis’s question about what Brits call a ‘boot’ (I’d never heard it described as this!), we call it a ‘clamp’ - a word I think has a suitable nastiness about it!
Also, by introducing travel between worlds so early, and so matter-of-factly, aren't the writers negating the whole point of the first book's climax?