“The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance” returns viewers to the world of Thra — a distant, magical planet dominated over by the sinister, long-lived Skeksis, who’ve lied their approach into possession of the titular crystal and dominance of the elf-like Gelflings.
The sequence is a prequel to Jim Henson and Frank Ouncess 1982 movie “The Darkish Crystal” — however two out of your three hosts at the Unique Content material podcast haven’t seen the unique film, so our opinions weren’t coloured by nostalgia.
Just like the Henson/Ouncesfilm, “Age of Resistance” depends on subtle puppetry to convey a posh fantasy world to life. It’s genuinely dazzling, with sprawling cities, steampunk equipment and all method of fantasy creatures all totally realized, and sometimes captured in fast-moving scenes of kinetic motion.
However, for a few of us, the puppetry wasn’t fairly as much as the duty when the present acquired darker and extra severe. It’s arduous to care about household drama and romance when your lead characters have restricted facial mobility, or to really feel the load of the present’s quite a few loss of life scenes (we’re not speaking “Sport of Thrones”-level right here, however nonetheless) when the individual dying is performed by puppet.
To steadiness out our fantasy-heavy evaluate, we kick issues off by catching up on what Jordan and Darrell consider the newest season of “Bachelor in Paradise.”
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And if you wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:50 “Crimson Sea Diving Resort” listener response
6:01 “Bachelor in Paradise” recap
26:10 “The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance” spoiler-free evaluate