The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommendPopular with kids
Prequel saga is tense, violent, and a visual masterpiece.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Good and evil are mostly identifiable to viewers, but the Skeksis are masters of manipulating the naive Gelflings. They draw on the crystal's powers for their own greed, even to fatal consequences for the Gelflings. For their part, those Gelflings able to see the truth demonstrate extreme courage in their quest to stand up to the Skeksis' power. Strong messages about doing what's right even when it's not popular. Some gross-out moments involving one of the Skeksis' chronic pustule problem and the severe oozing it causes.

Positive Role Models

Rian, Brea, and Deet are brave and determined in their quests. They're motivated by the cause of all Gelflings and peace-loving creatures of Thra and are willing to put themselves in harm's way to achieve their goal. Skeksis are driven by greed and a desire for power.


Many creatures are scary or intimidating in appearance, and some scenes give close-up shots of them snarling and gnashing their teeth. Chase scenes and fighting are intense; some characters are injured or die. In a particularly tense scene, the Skeksis use a Gelfling to test the crystal's powers, sucking her life force in lengthy, dramatic fashion and causing her to evaporate once it's all gone.


Rarely, kissing and physical closeness between Gelflings.



This series tells the preceding story to the 1982 feature film The Dark Crystal.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel series to Jim Henson's beloved 1982 film The Dark Crystal. Fans will be thrilled to know that the show stays true to the puppetry and general appearance of the original while improving on the overall presentation. The intensity of the storytelling carries into this series, too, as does violence that's all the more impactful because of the improved animation techniques. Battles are fought, sympathetic characters are hurt and killed, and there's a general sense of dread surrounding the show's villains. On the upside, the heroes demonstrate determination and courage in their willingness to counter public opinion and their effort to combat the Skeksis' evildoing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPDK333 September 5, 2019

Very Well Done!

Know your children!!! This show is very dark especially when you have seen original dark crystal (you will know the eventual end!) This show is extremely well d... Continue reading
Parent Written byStefan L. September 3, 2019

Nostalgic for me, our 12yo enjoys it, but some nightmare fodder for younger kids

I've watched the first three episodes with my 12-year-old. He really enjoys it. I would say it's too scary for younger kids, so watch it alone before... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byVorteneX September 9, 2019

TV-14...... Not TV-PG

The dark crystal is a very interesting show. The story is very good. But it is a little bit disturbing. The creatures are terrifying, or at least they would be... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 3, 2019

A thrilling adventure, but has some nightmare fuel

This series has a lot of things to enjoy about it, but some scenes are very intense with disturbing images(for small children). Their are torture scenes, though... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE opens with a lesson in the history of Thra by the Myth Speaker (voiced by Sigourney Weaver). The land and its inhabitants -- Gelflings, Podlings, and any number of diverse creatures large and small -- draw life from the Crystal of Truth, but a malevolent birdlike species called the Skeksis have manipulated the residents of Thra and seized control of the crystal themselves. While they corrupt it for their own greedy desires of eternal life, generations of Gelflings live in naive ignorance of their actual schemes until the crystal's power begins to wane and the Skeksis must go to extreme lengths to keep up the ruse. But three brave Gelflings -- Rian (Taron Egerton), Brea (Anya Taylor-Joy), and Deet (Nathalie Emmanuel) -- learn of the Skeksis' true intentions and embark on a dangerous quest to reclaim the Crystal of Truth before it's too late.

Is it any good?

Masterfully produced and gorgeously animated through classic Jim Henson puppetry and modern CGI, this series does well to fill the big shoes created by the original film. Several sweeping scenes of Thra are breathtakingly gorgeous; others bring that same level of detail to the sinister, vulture-like Skeksis, and the result is quite the opposite. Either way it's a visual treat for viewers and, in an era of CGI dominance, a surprising and appealing find that mixes old with new.

As the story of Age of Resistance unfolds, it touches on some unexpected societal themes, most obviously the complacent nature of the Gelflings and their willingness to go along to get along even when faced with the truth about the Skeksis' intentions. Politics come into play, new villains are revealed, and the plight of the heroes alternates between improbable and impossible. Occasionally the Skeksis' constant infighting brings some levity to their scenes, but on the whole, the tension never really eases. Even so, the story's themes of courage, perseverance, and fighting the good fight remain unblemished as the tale plays out, and it never feels entirely hopeless to root for the good guys.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance's messages about following your own conscience even when it's not the popular sentiment. Besides Rian, Brea, and Deet, what other characters show they're willing to do so? What accounts for other Gelflings' instinct to remain uninformed about the Skeksis' actions?

  • Who in the story models strong characteristics like courage, loyalty, or self-confidence? Who else emerges as a surprising role model? Are any characters' true intentions murky?

  • If you've seen the original movie, are you satisfied with how this prequel mixes puppetry and CGI? In what ways does the style improve upon the movie? Would it have been better served by skipping the puppetry entirely? Does the new style make the story's violence more affecting?

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