Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance combined fantasy and puppetry to create a cinematic-fantasy series that paid homage to the original film, but it has been cancelled.
The original 1982 film gained a cult following and many were excited when the signature puppeteering of Jim Henson productions was returning for a prequel series. The all-star cast behind the puppets included Taron Egerton, Helen Bonham Carter, Mark Hamill and Nathalie Emmanuel amongst many others.
Unfortunately, the cult following and cast were not enough to get the series renewed for a second season.
Many fans of the series are surprised by the decision as the programme won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program over the weekend and they have posted about their disappointment on social media.
The documentary about the making of the series, The Crystal Calls – Making the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, detailed the expensive production but many feel that the quality of the show justified the cost.
However, Executive Producer Lisa Henson has told io9 that the story may still be told in another way:
“We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future. Our company has a legacy of creating rich and complex worlds that require technical innovation, artistic excellence, and masterful storytelling. Our history also includes productions that are enduring, often finding and growing their audience over time and proving again and again that fantasy and science fiction genres reflect eternal messages and truths that are always relevant.”
While this will give some fans a slither of hope, there seems to be a wide-spread disappointment.
With a cliffhanger at the end of Season 1, fans clearly wanted more and the backlash seems to be significant.
Many will hope the story gets the conclusion it deserves in some form.
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