"The Dark Crystal: An Age of Resistance" returns viewers to the world of Tra – a distant, magical planet ruled by sinister, long-suffering skikers who lied to the title crystal and the dominance of Gelflings-like elves.
The series is a prediction for the 1982 film Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Dark Crystal – but two of your three hosts on the Original Content podcast did not watch the original movie, so opinions were not tinged with nostalgia.
Like the Hanson / Oz movie, The Age of Resistance relies on a sophisticated puppet to liven up a complex fantasy world. It's truly dazzling, with scattered cities, steampunk machines and all sorts of fantastic creatures, fully realized and often filmed in fast-moving scenes of kinetic action.
On the other hand, for some of us puppetry was not quite up to the task when the show got darker and more serious. It's hard to worry about family drama and romance when your leading characters have limited facial mobility, or feel the gravity of the multiple death scenes (not to say "Game of Thrones" here, but still) when the man [1
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26:10 "The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance" review without spoilers