A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rarely, kissing and physical closeness between Gelflings.
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Products & Purchases
This series tells the preceding story to the 1982 feature film The Dark Crystal.
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.
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.
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