Well, it has been almost forty years and it has finally happened, we are finally getting more of the Dark Crystal universe. And I am ready!
My love for the original dark fantasy classic stems from childhood, when I first purchased the DVD on a whim from Borders (remember them?). I didn’t know what to expect, even as a child, and yet I was blown-away by what I saw. To this day the film’s artistry and beauty captures my imagination, and the ending always brings me to tears.
The film is such a universal story, a magical land, a dangerous quest and a battle between good and evil. However, The Dark Crystal is unique in how it also deconstructed these tropes, especially in terms of the film’s message about the nature of good and evil, which is – they’re exactly the same.
The film is a beautifully crafted piece of cinema, probably Jim Henson’s finest film to date. And when they announced that Netflix was making a prequel series, believe you me, I was hyped! And after seeing the recently released trailer, I still am.
The trailer opens with a stunning, crimson sun-streaked shot of Aughra’s iconic dome-shaped home. And if there is one thing I love, it’s Aughra. So I was even more excited when the next shot showed my beloved crone waddling through the forest, looking as amazing as ever. I am a little downhearted by the fact that Frank Oz won’t be portraying her, but I’ll take what I can get.
From then on, the trailer delivers in all the Henson goodness, with striking shots on the planet Thra, and our new main characters. First up, we are given a hefty glimpse at the Gelfling, Deet (played by GOT’s Nathalie Emmanuel). And from these few shots alone, it is clear that although the show has chosen to implement traditional puppetry techniques, it also makes use of more modern technology, giving the trailer a more polished and fluid look.
The trailer from then on bleeds with magnificence, with tightly edited shots of spider monsters, sprawling wastelands, sword-wielding Skeksis and, of course, a certain giant crystal bursting with energy. It all comes together to create one of the most epic trailers the streaming service has ever released. This show, even if it doesn’t live up to the hype, is definitely the most epic endeavour taken on by Netflix, and right now, I thank them for it.