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 you decide. I disagree with CSM's rating of 9+. This would give my 10-year-old nightmares.
I grew up with the original Dark Crystal by Jim Henson (and Brian Froud as a conceptual artist), as well as it's cousin's Labyrinth and Jim Henson's Storyteller and I'm a huge fan. This series really fits the look and feel of the original, and I love the artistry, design, and puppetry that went into all of this.
That said, if the original Dark Crystal was nightmare fodder for some kids, this is a step or two scarier.
There are several scenes in the first two episodes which are quite intense and downright scary. I'll risk some spoilers to illustrate my point: In Episode 2, one of the Skeksis is punished by the others-- his head is locked in a cage, and they drop in a "Peeper Beetle" which pries open his eye and eats the soft flesh of his eyeball right in the eye socket. You don't see the actual eating, but you hear it (Munch crunch) as he screams in agony. In my mind that was much, much scary than anything in the original movie and disappointing to witness for this reboot. In another scene, a Gelfling (whom we get to know) is tricked by the Skeksis, and they bring her to the lab and drain her essence while she begs for mercy until she dies while they hoot and holler-- you see the whole thing. This is more in line with the darkness of the original. If your child can't deal with that level of scariness, use caution.
These were the scariest scenes that we've seen in the first three episodes--- other scary scenes are more about the intensity and situation.
The show has many entertaining and fun parts too (Go Hup!), and some parts are quite silly. The characters experience ethical dilemmas and must right some wrongs.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness