In this age of streaming services, platforms such as Netflix and Hulu have given us some amazing material to enjoy in the comfort of our own homes. With Netflix even using their services to create amazing original content, such as the recently released Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Constructed as a prequel to the now iconic cult film, the new 10 part series allows us a glimpse at the magical planet of Thra decades before it became the desolate wasteland we know it as in the original film. In this past Thra, the Gelfling are thriving but living under the rule of the cruel Skeksis, who still hold control of the crystal of truth.
In one of my previous reviews, I jokingly said that 2019 is the year of bad endings. When I wrote this, I was primarily referring to the dismal finale of Game of Thrones, as well as a handful of other endings that haven’t satisfied me this year. Because of this, I was hoping that IT: Chapter Two would prove me wrong, that this film would provide the closure I needed from it and the overall franchise – but the 2019 curse has struck once again and it has given us another terrible ending.
It only seems like the other day, when Steven Universe aired it’s season five finale – an ending that, to this day, remains one of the strongest I have ever seen. Although it is unclear if the show will return for future seasons, it definitely accomplished a lot with its fifth season, tying up every single narrative thread. But we also all knew that that would not be the final time we would see Steven and the Crystal Gems, for it had already been confirmed that the characters would return for a made-for-TV movie, one that would be set two years after season five’s epic conclusion. And although the movie arguably adds very little to the overall franchise and mythology, it still packs a punch as a deeply emotional and beautifully told animated story.