The Dark Crystal Prequel Is Game of Thrones With Puppets
Netflix lately launched The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 10-episode prequel to Jim Henson’s vintage 1982 function movie The Dark Crystal. Horror writer Christopher M. Cevasco used to be inspired through the display’s visuals, which depend closely on puppets and different sensible results.
“There are moments, like within the Fellowship of the Ring film, or motion pictures like that, the place you may have those moments the place you gasp since you’re astounded through one thing at the display,” Cevasco says in Episode 379 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And I feel like I was gasping from beginning to end of every one of these episodes. It was just constantly pushing my ‘sense of wonder’ button six times in every scene.”
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley additionally cherished Age of Resistance, in particular its center of attention on politics.
“The factor that stunned me probably the most used to be how a lot this jogged my memory of Game of Thrones,” he says. “There’s political intrigue, stunning deaths, backstabbing. I think like this display would by no means have arrived in its present shape with out the affect of Game of Thrones.”
Fantasy writer Erin Lindsey has the same opinion that Game of Thrones used to be a big affect on Age of Resistance. “Game of Thrones didn’t invent political machinations,” she says, “however I do assume that there must be some degree at which that display knowledgeable this display. It doesn’t strike me as a accident that such a lot of Game of Thrones actors had been forged on this display. So there’s no doubt a definite stage of that sensibility right here.”
While Age of Resistance is a hit total, there are moments when the display’s ethical ambiguity meshes awkwardly with the unique movie’s archetypal heroes and villains. Science fiction writer Chandler Klang Smith felt this used to be in particular true of the nature Seladon, who maintains an inexplicable loyalty to the display’s cartoonish villains the Skeksis.
“It was hard to understand what kind of rationale she had in her mind for her actions,” Smith says. “So there were things like that where I thought the original source material wasn’t really strong enough to support all the stuff that the show was trying to spin.”
Listen to your complete interview with Christopher M. Cevasco, Erin Lindsey, and Chandler Klang Smith in Episode 379 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue underneath.
David Barr Kirtley on The Dark Crystal:
“I’ve to admit that I had by no means if truth be told watched The Dark Crystal earlier than doing this panel, and I suppose that is as excellent a time as any to say my morbid worry of Muppets. Muppets significantly freaked me out as a child. One time my mother gave me this Muppet-like puppet that my aunt had purchased for me. I didn’t need to admit that I used to be afraid of it, but it surely used to be on this field in my closet, and I might have hassle dozing at night time simply serious about that factor with its massive eyes, there within the darkness, watching me in the course of the closet door. I don’t know if that’s why I didn’t watch The Dark Crystal. I wasn’t boycotting it or the rest, but it surely used to be only one of the ones motion pictures that everyone else watched, and I by no means did.”
Chandler Klang Smith on heroes and villains:
“It no doubt does appear evident that the Skeksis are the unhealthy guys and the Mystics are delicate and lovely, however there’s additionally this concept that the Mystics are described as being misplaced in a mist of forgetfulness. They’re in reality hooked up to nature, however virtually to the purpose of now not having obvious company. … [Whereas] the Skeksis are complete of avarice and gluttony, and all of those adverse characteristics, however they’re additionally energized, they usually’re in reality pressured through this quest for medical wisdom at any value, which is indisputably—within the ethical universe of the movie—horrible. But I feel that there used to be one thing fascinating, for me as a child, in the concept that there could be one thing within the evil phase of an individual that provides them animation and lifestyles, that’s important for them to be complete, and that there’s one thing in natural goodness and passivity that’s missing.”
Christopher M. Cevasco on Age of Resistance:
“I wasn’t 100 p.c happy with how they hooked up the entire dots from the place we finally end up to the place we open within the Dark Crystal film. There are nonetheless some unanswered questions, I feel. But on the similar time, the chance is that the nearer you get to the film, the extra unattainable it’s going to be to have any type of pleasing finishing, as it’s going to have to finish with actually each and every personality we all know being slaughtered—with the exception of a pair of them, like Aughra. And that may be a shockingly miserable strategy to finish a sequence, however I type of really feel like they’ve no doubt planted the seeds for [Season 2]. And I feel I’d be down for any other season of it. I don’t know. I suppose it depends upon what they do with it, clearly.”
Erin Lindsey on Aughra:
“Aughra is one of my favorite characters in anything of all time, but I didn’t love Aughra in this. I loved the performance of Aughra, because she was so true to the original in terms of the voice and the physicality of the puppet and everything, but it was hard to reconcile her with Aughra as she appears in the movie. It’s like maybe Aughra has done a lot of acid and gotten considerably older in the intervening period, which is possible. … But she has a degree of perceptiveness and organization about her that the scatterbrained Aughra of later incarnation—which is also the earlier incarnation—doesn’t have, and I missed that humor of Aughra where you’re not totally sure how plugged in this woman really is.”