Critical Condition: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance | Netflix, from Friday

☆☆☆☆ “Augmented by some new digital technology, but still executed by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the series is visually breathtaking — building on the wonderment of the movie, not bettering it — and when it comes to story and character, it’s in all ways a smarter, funnier and more narratively thrilling enterprise. Whether you’re watching for fulfilled nostalgia or current pleasure, this is a whimsical, fun and entertaining series.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆ “One of the most ambitious and immersive TV events of the year … Simultaneously acts as a gift to fans packed with Easter eggs and a powerful primer for the uninitiated … A prime example of how television can do fantasy right — and how potent the combination of nostalgia and Netflix’s deep pockets can be.” — Variety.

☆☆☆☆ “Puppetry skills and computer-generated artistry combine to exult in seamless perfection. Muppet fans will surely recognise the intuitively expressive Henson style; others might admire the skill with which the writers balance simplicity (and humour) with the intensity and complexity of the plot.” — The Washington Post.

☆☆☆ “The premise is more fantasy boilerplate, though it does resonate in divisive times. The real problem is the pacing; the show spends so much time panning over landscapes and watching puppets hang out that you can start to lose the plot. It takes nearly half of the 10-episode season to get the quest set up.” — Time.

☆☆☆ “Like the original, it’s an extraordinary technical achievement filled with stunning images and remarkable puppet work. And, also like the original, it won’t appeal to everyone. The series doubles down on the darkness and goes to disturbing places.” — TV Guide.

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