‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’: 3 Lingering Questions

Jim Henson’s gift for storytelling with puppets almost makes you forget that you’re not watching humans on the screen. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance lives up to the expectations of being a magnificent fantasy epic that weaves its own unique narrative without diminishing the original 1982 film. With an uber-talented voice cast and meticulously crafted sets, it’s a treat.

If you’ve already watched the entire series, then you know that the Skeksis are as disgusting and murderous as ever, the world of Thra is beautiful, dangerous, and strange, and Gelflings have a lot of fortitude. Reviewers have said Age of Resistance is like Game of Thrones with puppets, and I’d agree, adding there are also parts that are reminiscent of Harry Potter.

After absorbing the terror, heart, and magic in this first (and hopefully not last) season of the prequel, there is still more to explore about this period that is set 1,000 years before the events of the movie.

Hopefully, there will be a second installment, and if there is, here are three burning questions that warrant an answer. (Spoilers ahead)

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Brea in Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance | Netflix

How did the Skeksis become the chiefs?

Time spent in the Crystal Desert with the hippie-like Skeksis Heretic (voiced by Andy Samberg) and urGoh the Wanderer (Bill Hader) revealed how the Skeksis and Mystics were once one. The Great Division split what was a single urRu into two counterparts, one being benevolent and peaceful, and the other malevolent.

We know that when Aughra left the crystal in their care, the Skeksis became power-hungry and corrupt, but how exactly did they position themselves as the maniacal bosses of Thra? That the Gelflings and the other creatures on the planet hold the cruel Skeksis in such a high regard that they never questioned their authority, “wisdom,” or behavior is the epitome of brainwashing. It’s beyond baffling.

People want to know how they seated themselves in these god-like hierarchy positions where tithes are paid and lies are taken at face value. Dream-fasting sessions seem like the only way to break the gullibility spell.

Why were the Gelflings divided into separate clans?

As ScreenRant points out, each Gelfling belongs to one of seven clans, but how did their race become segregated? It’s a curious situation, especially after Brea and the audience learn that they once upon a time, they considered themselves as one.

Rian is of the Stonewood, a group of woodland warriors. Deet comes from the underground-dwelling Grottan. Brea is a Vapra royal whose family presides over intellectual knowledge and all the Gelflings.

Drenchans are fighters and stay in the swamps. Spriton, like the Stonewood people, are gifted in combat and serve as the Skeksis guard. The Sifa are mystical seafarers who respect the winds.

Dousan, the tattooed masters of the desert, are also masters of understanding death. By the end of this complex season, they all came together, but it is still unclear what is behind the 7-nation split.

What is up with Deet now that she tussled with the Darkening?

Should the series be granted a season two, surely this is one riddle that will be addressed. It’s possible that Deet’s arc as the recipient of the Sanctuary Tree’s magic will lead her down a road of conflict.

That closer episode showed her eyes filled with the purple of the Darkening, and everything she touched changed. Will she become some walking, breathing version of the Dark Crystal itself?

If that is the case, what does that mean for the essence swallowed up by the crystal? It remains to be seen. According to IndieWire, producers don’t want the audience to assume anything based on the film or season one if the series continues.

As fans of The Dark Crystal know, Age of Resistance is not just for children. Its themes hold valuable lessons for young ones but there are some adults who might benefit from this richly told heroes’ quest. Hopefully, there will be a second season.