The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Critics Consensus

An epic fantasy adventure that will please old and new fans alike, Age of Resistance expertly builds on the lore of The Dark Crystal, crafting compelling new mythos without losing sight of the humanity at the story's heart.



Critic Ratings: 65


Audience Score

User Ratings: 667
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Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019

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Critic Reviews for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Season 1

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (17)

It's the bewitching and immersive experience that high fantasy fans have been waiting for.

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Understand: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is never anything less than impressive... But in entrusting so much of the story to puppets incapable of adequately executing its emotional demands, the series winds up feeling strangely empty.

Aug 30, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A beauty with a fully realized world which seems to know where it's going and how to get there.

Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One of the all-time great fantasy epics, as well as the masterwork of puppetry most closely aligned with Jim Henson's humanistic philosophy.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

There are real pleasures to be had watching beautiful puppets running, kissing and poking each others' eyes out. But the Dark Crystal is in such a hurry to create a splash it plunges off the deep end too soon.

Aug 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Dives deep into the world of Thra, giving us a story that expands the world and fantasy in a way that can be enjoyed by adults, families and children of all ages.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Prequel saga is tense, violent, and a visual masterpiece.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This isn't just a faithful return to Henson's original vision but greatly expands on his world with a remarkable story that stands well enough on its own with a gorgeously fantastic design.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The use of CGI... generates a magical aesthetic that brings the universe of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to modernity without losing it's traditional look. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Crosses multiple genres, has high fantasy, real human moments, along with political intrigue and modern social commentary embedded throughout. A must watch for fans of humanistic fantasy. The Dark Crystal is also, um...DARK

Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Season 1

  • 13h ago
    A unique, masterful fantasy epic that expertly turns what is ultimately a very expensive, highly advanced puppet show, into one of the most engaging, enthralling, thrilling fantasy shows I have ever seen.
  • 15h ago
    To be clear, I haven't seen the original Dark Crystal, so don't look to me for advice on how this show pairs up to the movie. All I know is 'Age of Resistance' is a masterpiece. Just as a fantasy show should, 'Age of Resistance' invests you in its world first, partnering rich lore with beautiful artistry. Second, it attaches you to its lovable ensemble of characters. And wether it's a skeksi, or a gelfling, the voice actors and puppeteers are giving it 310% of themselves, making the experience even better. Sure, seeing puppets on screen can be a little jarring at first. But give it 30 minutes and you'll be completely used to it. And trust me, by the time you've finished 'Age of Resistance' you'll be begging Hollywood to keep puppetry alive. This show is extremely entertaining, beautiful, and even emotional. And from someone who's never even seen the original Dark Crystal, I say you NEED to watch it.
  • 17h ago
    Having grown up with the movie - I was excited about this - probably more than I should have been. That said, I was disappointed with the story telling. We all know what happens in the Dark Crystal that the skeskis and mystics used to be one - but we spend more than half of the series with a "revised history" and no sign of the seemed like a complete waste of time. Then there were things done for shock value that were resolved with absolutely no real explanation...and we don't even get to the shard until the final episode...instead, we're talking about a sword, which was never mentioned in the movie. I get it - they're trying to stretch this out for multiple seasons...but you could tell it was being stretched out. So many scenes just felt unnecessary and long and while I enjoyed seeing the gelfling, I really wanted to see the mystics and I feel like a lot of their wisdom was usurped in this series by make her "Mother Earth" which, I'm sorry...I didn't get her big connection to "Thra" from the movie. This feels like a Progressive statement on "being one with nature" and while I love the environment and want a clean planet, I feel like things established were changed from what we knew into this (at times bizarre) narrative to make a statement. Don't even get me started on the female skeskis. Diversity, right? Ugh...and I'm saying that as a woman. If you take away all the unnecessary and the retconned things and the obvious stretches for time so that they can turn this into a multiple season's not terrible. there were moments that I enjoyed...but for the most part, I felt like it was Bilbo Baggins....stretched thin...and the sad thing was it didn't have to be. There was just way too much focus on nature and talking to trees and and talking to the crystal...I mean, how many times did Aughra just wander into the skeskis castle? And if the Mystics can teleport (like the Archer does) then why did they walk all the way to the Crystal Castle in a slow ass line in the movie? All in all - watch it for the gelflings. That's really all I'm here for now...which is sad, because we know they're all gonna die....well except two.
  • 22h ago
    Absolutely amazing perfect homage to the original it even surpasses it . The love given to this series from every aspect is flawless it's so dark as well every character is different and memorable and the ending made me want more . I hope that they only make one more season maybe a longer series that ties it into the film so not to drag it out and then remake the original film this could end up being one of the best fantasy series ever written in my opinion
  • 23h ago
    As a die-hard fan of the original movie, I was both excited and anxious about this series, fearing it might not live up to my hopes. While I feel slightly ambiguous about some particulars that don't seem to line up with the original, there's room for them to be resolved in a second season... which I really hope for, because I mostly loved these 10 episodes! Fantastic puppetry and voice casting, marvelous sets and character design—I want more!
  • 23h ago
    The Skeksis are absolutely terrific but the main Guelfling, Rian, is so effeminate as to be ridiculous.
  • Sep 18, 2019
    I haven't seen or don't remember the movie, but I thought this series was great. I was 100% on board until the last episode, which wasn't as good as it could have been. Great antagonists with real depth and some philosophic ideas. (SPOILERS) Specifically, I find it frustrating that the gelflings seem have no tactical understanding dispite theoretically having training. When they have an advantage and could strike they run. Rian says at one point in a battle that he isn't going to kill anyone. I mean, if you aren't going to kill anyone, it is going to be a rough time for you. You are basically allowing the oppresors to torture and kill more gelflings. There are some things worth fighting and killing for. Also, at at they could have stopped the Skeksis once and for all as they were surrounded and outnumbered. Instead, they just allow them to run away. If an enemy routes it is almost certain victory, attack them! Instead, they celebrated and allowed the Skeksis to retreat to their fortress to torture and kill more gelflings in the future. Despite these flaws, it is a fun show, and I would highly recommend.
  • 2d ago
    The movie was great and part of my childhood. This series did not disappoint me.
  • 2d ago
    I've never seen the movie. So I got nostalgic feelings towards this IP. With that being said, it was an okay watch for me. The level of production is great, the puppetry and the CGI are merging seamlessly, the BGM is appropriate and so on. All that eye candy aside, the story didn't bring anything new to the table and some plot points felt quite rushed at times. I will watch a second season, but I'm not particularly excited about it.
  • 2d ago
    I am a lifelong Dark Crystal fan. When I heard they where making this series I was thrilled! As an artist, the original movie had such an impact on me as a child. The series is totally amazing. I love the rich, layered world of the gelflings. The movie only scratches the surface. The series goes much deeper and is very compelling. I know this show may not be some people's cup of tea. I have always appreciated the Jim Henson company's work and this show is just fantastic.

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