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A Dark Crystal Prequel Series Is Coming to Netflix

I’m just going to leave this here. Do with it what you will.

What do you mean you’re super confused and don’t know what all the fuss is about?

Pfft. Double pfft.

Actually, I, um, have never seen The Dark Crystal. What is all the fuss about?

The details: There’s a 1982 Jim Henson movie called The Dark Crystal. People love it, and watch it with their families even though it’s surprisingly dark and scary. Netflix is now making a 10-episode prequel.  The conceptual designer for the film, Brian Froud, will be repeating his duties for the show. Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is the listed executive producer. They’re calling it The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, with any similarity to the ongoing anti-Trump hashtag #resist likely being a coincidence…or, is it?

I dunno. Maybe not. Who knows. The plot readout is as follows:

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

And Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, released the following statement:

“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life. Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”

The takeaway: If you like Dark Crystal you’re probably so excited, so excited and not at all scared. If you don’t like or aren’t familiar with Dark Crystal, just know that this series will be like catnip to all fans of practical effects. The puppetry in the film was groundbreaking for its time, that much I know from PBS’ recent Jim Henson documentary. Let’s see what they can come up with now.

You talk now. I’m done.

Source: Collider


  1. I liked the original. I have no idea how I feel about this now. Happy? Exasperated? Annoyed? Tired?
    Dude, quick! Tell me what to think! Please!

    1. All of those things at the same time?

      Personally, I’m a tad exasperated, not solely due to The Dark Crystal but more due to the cumulative impact of the never-ending body blows Netflix keeps hitting us with on its “we’re going to release more shows than you’ll possibly ever have the time to watch, and they’re all going to be pretty damn good” parade.

      However, I think if you’re someone who likes the original then the reaction to Age of Resistance should likely be cautious optimism. Cautious because Jim Henson is obviously not around to steer the ship, but optimistic because the film never received its just due and now this Netflix series might do it justice, giving it a new life just as Netflix already has with MST3K and Lemony Snicket.

      1. Sigh! My Netflix queue is already full of great shows and movies I don’t have time to watch, now. What’s one more? Two more? Seventeen more?

      2. I know, right. But there’s always the “well, these are first world problems” line of rationalization as well as the optimistic mindset which looks at the so-called problem and reasons “can’t we stop to appreciate this ongoing golden age of TV?”. Still, I’m over here thinking I’m doing good to have finally finished Sense8’s first season, and then look up and see Netflix’s nonstop parade of awesome and simply mutter a confused “Yay?”

  2. I’m old-school and I’m leery of it. Without Jim Henson I sincerely hope they don’t go CGI. That would be my worst fear. Second would be screwing up the story line to make The Dark Crystal story not make sense. But…I’m also very resistant to remakes so… you never know, lol

    GracieKat, proud co-author at

    1. The press release would lead me to believe they will not be going with CGI, or if they are it will be in areas we won’t even notice. And while Jim Henson can’t be involved several other influential figures from Dark Crystal still can. So, that’s something.

      However, I get being leery here. Something that didn’t necessarily need to be brought back is coming back, and while some of the creatives will be the same or similar the chief creator is dead thus introducing uncertainty as to whether or not the magic can be recaptured or at least not retroactively diminished by a cheap rehash.

      1. Yeah. If his son Brian? Henson is involved that would be good. I love Muppet Christmas Carol and he helmed that and it was great so…fingers crossed! 🙂

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