The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Post by JaySevenZero » September 5th, 2019, 9:12 am

So very impressed with Netflix's Dark Crystal series so far (seven of ten episodes watched at the time of writing) maintaining a genuine fidelity with the original film but taking it to an altogether higher level with its series format to achieve a far greater depth to the world-building and characters, coupled with the simply stunning visuals that modern techniques and technology allow for.

The casting is great too, mixing seasoned Henson professionals with well-known and eclectic actors, such as Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter and Toby Jones but it's been Simon Pegg voicing The Chamberlain who has been something of a revelation in capturing the essence of Barry Dennen's original performance in what is the most recognisable of all the Skeksis. To cap it off it has Daniel Pemberton's perfectly understated score, coming in hot after his incredible Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and this week's game release of Knights & Bikes scores.

All in all, I feel this series is gonna resonate with me for quite a while afterward just because I haven't seen anything quite like it in many a year.


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Re: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Post by James » September 5th, 2019, 3:08 pm

We've only watched the first episode so far, but I have to agree. I really felt they did justice to the original's look, feel and world, but added so much in character-building, world-building, and adding a sense of dynamic movement to the puppets.

I know it won't be popular for me to say, but the film's puppets, for all they were intricate and beautiful, didn't always move or interact with one-another in a way I found believable. I felt that Labyrinth, for example, papered over this issue by having human actors to bridge the gap when it came to characters interacting. Last night, watching the series, I was blown away with how much they seemed to overcome all of those issues. In part, it looks they have used some CG to animate on top of the puppets, but I think the way it's being shot (particularly the camera movement) is a big factor.

Can't recommend this series highly enough, and really glad to hear that (at least to episode 7) it carries through. Am now getting hopeful for the upcoming game, The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Tactics, too.

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Re: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Post by Flabyo » September 5th, 2019, 4:21 pm

Probably going to watch a bit of it this weekend.

While we’re on the subject, there’s a pretty interesting whistlestop tour of Jim Henson’s career on youtube here: https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp ... EQgoV9CpYm

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Re: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Post by JaySevenZero » September 6th, 2019, 6:30 pm

There's also a substantial documentary included after the final episode that covers the making of process and offers a fair amount of insight into the production of this amazing show.

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