The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Season 1 is a wonderful piece of work, bring the world of Thra to life with a series of adventures and characters.
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I’m sure nobody was begging for a prequel to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, but as soon as it was announced, the buzz surrounding it was definite — we wanted it. With Disney+ looming, and anti-Netflix activists on Twitter predicting Netflix will bow down, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Season 1 exemplifies that Netflix will be absolutely fine. It’s Netflix making these materials possible.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance presents incredible puppetry animation, along with a mouthwatering stellar voice cast, but the investment was worth the 10-episode commission. The Netflix series is a mix of adventure, community, fantasy, and war, wrapped tightly in a progressive storyline that is emotionally impactful.
As a small back story, Thra is powered by The Crystal of Truth that was once cared for by Mother Aughra, but after the Skeksis show Aughra a way to navigate the Universe, she goes on a lengthy hiatus. While the Skeksis were in charged, they abused the Crystal.
There’s plenty of fantasy elements in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance that I was sure would bowl me over from lack of knowledge, but the Netflix series does well to detail the story without losing the nature of the character development. The first episode is creamed with exposition, and I momentarily panicked that the rest of Season 1 was going to numb our brain with an overload of references, but from Episode 2 we are on a moving ship; a great sense of adventure and peril.
The characters are wonderful to watch; each one highlights incredible bravery, as the series manages to gauge the scope of what the Gelfling are dealing with. It’s clear that the Skeksis are larger and stronger, and their small world is unlikely able to overpower the Lords. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Season 1 provides demarcation lines to several clans amongst the Gelfling, and how they differ in beliefs and class; some live amongst huts in villages, others in palaces, while another group lay their ground in underground caves. There’s plenty of this world to grab on to.
It’s easy to be sold on the voice cast, and at the same time to be cynical, but there is a real story to enjoy that provides the grounds for longevity with seasons to come. The imagery and the efforts of the puppetry help enhance the narrative — the world is as much the story as what the characters are telling us. Each episode ends with the peril intensifying, and by the time you reach the decisive chapters, you are enthralled by the enormous task at hand.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Season 1 is greatly delivered by Netflix, and whether you understand the original material or not, you can rest assured that nobody will feel left out.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.