Shot by Shot with ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Trailer

The Gelflings are back! Jim Henson and Frank Oz‘s beloved 1982 film, The Dark Crystal, is getting the Netflix treatment with a prequel series slated to hit on August 30. The newly released trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance features some upgrades to the original landscapes while still remaining passionately faithful to its predecessor. The cast is also filled with celebrities; Taron Egerton, Natalie Dormer, Mark Hamil, and Keegan Michael-Key are just some of the famous voices we can look forward to hearing.

The trailer, clocking in at just longer than two minutes, is mostly a quick montage. Jam-packed in the trailer are sprawling landscapes and plenty of familiar faces, too.

The trailer opens with a few quick shots of the now-digitally created Thra, the home planet of the Skeksis, Mystics, and Gelflings. Stunning visuals reintroduce us to a fantastic world. We see a bright sun peaking around a foggy mountain peak, lush greenery and flowers, and a group of creatures walking across an intricate bridge high above the expansive landscape.

Here we get our first glimpse of the familiar Gelfling. They stare off into the distance towards the Skeksi’s brooding castle.

A Gelfling named Deet (voiced by Game of ThronesNathalie Emmanuel) stumbles into a dark cavern and hears a voice calling out to her, prophesying Thra’s demise. The voice arrises from a flower and warns her of the Darkening soon to be brought on by the Skeksis. When she asks what the Darkening is, the flower extends its tendril and telepathically shows her a terrifying series of events in quick succession, much like the Dreamfasting from the original film.

The flash image of a power-hungry Skeksi.


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Kristen Reid: @kreidd Film student and serial binge watcher. Daughter of Mother Suspiriorum.