Episode 1 Review
The Dark Crystal is a film that many people who grew up in the 1980s remember as being just as entertaining and charming as its cinematic siblings The Goonies, Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, E.T., The Princess Bride, and Star Wars, among others. Jim Henson and his crew brought the story of the Gelflings' efforts to regain their lost world of Thra to life.
Since then, the prominence of puppets in popular entertainment has decreased dramatically. By modernizing the classic storytelling vehicle for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, we not only take a trip down memory lane to revisit a Time 30 years ago but are also reminded that with an excellent narrative and unparalleled visuals, we can bring back elements of the past that have long been forgotten.
Aside from that, what distinguishes Age of Resistance is the ingenious employment of an art that was once considered but has now been forgotten. Stop-motion animation is a painstaking process, but it can result in some truly stunning visuals. Age of Resistance pays homage to the 1982 classic Kubo and the Two Strings with its own unique visual style, which is a welcome change of pace.
The film not only features excellent puppet work on the characters, but also some scenes that channel the psychedelic nature of Doctor Strange. This creates a clear and concise visual that feels otherworldly.
A rousing, action-packed adventure with a strong female protagonist that is married together with excellent voice acting from Taron Egerton, Helen Bonham Carter, Mark Hamill, Alicia Vikander, and other actors, making for a tremendous entertainment experience that surpasses the original in every way.
"End. Begin. All the Same" is the prologue of this series, which would make it a novel. A fantastic work of world building, characterization, and conflict. It sets the stage for Thra's universe, its people, and how the Skeksis seized power while placing the main characters in position to begin their great quest. If this episode is any indication of the future episodes, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a delightful Netflix original series.