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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Prequel saga is tense, violent, and a visual masterpiece.

TV Netflix Drama 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 14+

Violent and distrubing imagery, should be PG-13, why is this on Netflix Kids?!

The entire series is cringe-worthy, even for an adult, because of the grotesque imagery and intense exaggerated voice-acting of the Skeksis. For children the content of this series will be absolutely terrifying (I'm horrified to think how many kids who watch Netflix either with or without adult supervision will see images from this series). As many reviewers have noted, the series regularly features torture, murder, cruelty, slavery and emotional abuse; a character commits suicide; and the overarching theme of the series is political backstabbing, attempted genocide, and just general repugnance. While there is an underlying thee of "resistance" and hope, several of the "great role models" end up killed, murdered, or martyred. Please understand that if I was reviewing this for adults I would not emphasize most of these negative characteristics, being a huge fan of Henson in particular, and the macabre in general. The series has some pretty big faults in terms of plot development (it drags on far too long, is overworked), and execution (the voice-acting of the Skeksis is just terrible, and the amount of time spent on their everyday gross behaviour is just ridiculous), but overall it is still a work of art, and for teens and adults who enjoy this genre or are fans of the original film, this series will be entertaining. But it is definitely NOT for children.
age 10+

Much darker than the movie

My children (6 and 9) loved The Dark Crystal movie, and we thought we'd go through this series with them. After episode 5, my 6 year old started having nightmares and couldn't continue the series. I watched the rest on my own and it gets pretty scary. There are scenes that I think might be too scary for my 9 year old. Don't be fooled by the first half of the series. If you've seen the movie, you'll realize some horrible things are going to have to happen to get us from point A to point B. This series does a great job getting us there, but I'd be cautious about letting young kids go along for the ride.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (13 ):

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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