The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
IMDb rating: 10/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%
This series revisits the world of the 1982 fantasy adventure movie The Dark Crystal, which was brought to life by the Jim Henson Company (which was also responsible for The Muppets) and illustrator Brian Froud.
Brian returned to work on the series, and was joined by Jim Henson’s daughter Lisa as executive producer. The result is as beautiful and charming as the movie, with a look and feel that fans will instantly recognise. The characters, backdrops and the whole world of Thra is pleasingly tactile, thanks to the sparing use of CGI and the show’s almost total reliance on puppets and animatronics.
The story follows three Gelflings who take the leap to rise up against the Skeksis, the cruel, greedy ruling race in Thra.
Critics have praised Age of Resistance, and it’s attained the covetable 10/10 score on IMDb. RogerEbert.com says, “One of the all-time great fantasy epics, as well as the masterwork of puppetry most closely aligned with Jim Henson’s humanistic philosophy”, while Kimberly Ricci writes in Uproxx, “It’s a rare and beautiful beast that’s definitively an epic TV series, as well as feeling very easy to surrender to and bury oneself between luxuriously rich storytelling and gloriously beautiful pops of colour.”