Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (season 1)

{4.5/5} “Upset balance. Seek life eternal. Bah! Everything grows old. Everything passes on. Hm. All, it seems, but Aughra. Ah, Aughra born old.”

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance season 1, aired in 2019

Aughra entrusted the Crystal of Truth to the Skeksis in return for an orrery that she can use to travel the stars. Years later she wakes up to discover that the Skeksis have abused her trust and siphoned power from the crystal to give themselves eternal life. Meanwhile, a Gelfling named Rian has been wrongfully accused of murdering his girlfriend Mira — it was really the Skeksis who did it. Deet, a Gelfling of the clan that lives underground, was given a vision of the Darkening, and embarks on a quest to defeat it.

This show is based on the 1982 movie The Dark Crystal, and takes place before the events of that movie. I loved the movie when I first saw it.

You are immediately placed back into the world of the movie, and it’s a wonderful world. The details in every shot are delightful.

It’s stunningly beautiful. In terms of the look, it does for fantasy what shows like Star Trek: Discovery, The Mandalorian, and Lost in Space are doing for science fiction.

The story didn’t quite grab me at first, but it grew on me. My favourite character is Deet, who is unfailingly friendly to everyone she meets.

The Skeksis are deliciously evil.

The show features puppetry like the original, and stars the voices of Simon Pegg, Jason Isaacs, Mark Hamill, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

The gentle and majestic music is by Daniel Pemberton and Samuel Sim.

Created by Jeffrey Addiss (director on the TV show The Majestic Theater Co.) and Will Matthews (director of the short The Mystery of Edward’s Manor).

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