In 1982, writer/director Jim Henson brought a new and unique fantasy vision to audiences with the release of The Dark Crystal. 37 years later, Netflix, Lisa Henson and director Louis Leterrier return to the world he created for a new series that explores the conflict between the Skeksis and the Gelflings.
The ten episode Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance expands on the original movie by showing audiences the beauty and scope of Thra as well as a complex story of revelation and resistance.
Age of Resistance takes place fifty years before the evens of the film and the Skeksis are in control of Thra with the seven Gelfling clans serving the protectors of the Crystal of Truth. Obsessed with immortality, the Skeksis abuse the power of the Crystal, causing a force called the Darkening to spread across Thra infecting the planet and its inhabitants.
When palace guard Rian (Taron Egerton) discovers how the Skeksis maintain their power and immortality, he escapes from the castle only to find himself shunned by his fellow Gelflings and being hunted by his own father (Mark Strong) for a crime he didn’t commit. Joining Rian will be a Gelfling princess named Brea (Anya Taylor-Joy) from the most powerful Gelfling clan and a young Gelfling named Deet (Nathalie Emmanuel) with her Podling companion. All three Gelflings will discover the scope of the Skeksis evil and must work together to unite the Gelfling clans if they are going to resist.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a huge series that has a beautiful cinematic feel. It brilliantly incorporates both classic puppetry with CGI to bring the characters to life as well as cinematography that immerses you in the world as the characters move across, below and above the land. The first (of hopefully many) seasons will transport fans of the original film back to the land of Thra while expanding the story and world for a new generation of fans.
The first season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will stream on Netflix starting August 30th.