We all know that feeling. A major studio is about to reboot or remake one of your favourite films. A mix of fear and anger rushes through your system. Maybe you say “they’re ruining my childhood!” or something equally dramatic. Sometimes it’s uncalled for. Making a female Ghostbusters movie starring the funniest comedic actors around didn’t hurt anyone. On the other hand, giving Michael Bay control of Transformers and the Ninja Turtles was a travesty.
Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it atrocious. I’m happy to report that Netflix has done it right this time.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, is a new series based on the classic Jim Hensen film, The Dark Crystal. The original film was a masterpiece of puppetry, and the new series takes the classic puppetry techniques and melds them with CGI to create a truly immersive experience. The visual spectacle and world building is so incredible to behold; it makes me wish I still did drugs.
Each episode of this stunning show is between 40 minutes and an hour long. That means this 10 episode series gives you a whole lot of show to watch. Now some shows are best when binged. Take a sitcom like “The Good Place”, I can watch 3-4 episodes in one sitting. I plan to enjoy The Dark Crystal series at a much slower pace. Yes, there’s a story building, and I’m excited to find out where the story goes, but it’s more about the journey than the destination.
I’m going to savour every episode, enjoying the story and characters, the puppetry and special effects. A show like this doesn’t come along very often, and I can never watch it for the first time again.
In a world that gets more depressing by the minute, I will relish the opportunity to escape to a land where good can triumph over evil.