Netflix has cancelled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance after just one season on the streaming network. The series was met with critical acclaim when it aired last year. It features an a-list lineup of actors (including Mark Hamil!) and some beautiful special effects and puppetry. This cancellation news is surprising, since over the weekend the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. What will happen now to all of the puppets and stories waiting to be told in the world of Thra?
Credit: Netflix / Jim Henson Company
There Is More Story For The Dark Crystal Waiting To Be Told
The Jim Henson company was already working on a second season when the news broke. A representative said that “we know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes. We’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future.” Does this mean that we could see a new season of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on another streaming platform? We can only hope.
The Dark Crystal influenced a generation of fantasy fans when it came out in the 1980’s. The film inspired a life-long love of puppets, The Jim Henson Company, and the artists Brian and Wendy Froud for some fans (ahem, namely myself and my sister). Fans waited two full decades for a new chapter in The Dark Crystal story to come to life onscreen. The wish was granted last year when Netflix finally released The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The series was a prequel to the popular film. It promised to tell the story of the fall of the Gelflings, and the shattering of the titular Dark Crystal. The first season ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, making this cancellation all the worse for fans of the show.
The Henson Company also spoke to the enduring legacy of The Dark Crystal in response to the cancellation news. “Our history 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.”
Will The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Move To Another Streaming Network?
Credit: Netflix / Jim Henson Company
Although I had some mixed feelings about the Dark Crystal series upon review, it was still a good show that had a lot of potential. Alas that potential will not be realized on Netflix moving forward. The showrunners have indicated that they pitched the entire story to Netflix at one point. This means that they know how this story is going to end. An abrupt cancellation after only one season means that story is incomplete.
The special effects budget is likely one of the reasons the show was cancelled. It is unclear if there are any other networks that would be willing to take on the series and the expense of producing it. I would personally petition for Amazon to take on the series. They already saved The Expanse, why not save more shows cancelled before their time?
Much like other Jim Henson properties such as Labyrinth, there have been comics and manga for The Dark Crystal published over the years. If the show cannot find a home on another streaming platform, there is always the possibility that more stories will be told in graphic novel format. This would at least give fans the end of the story that began in Age of Resistance.
We are sad to see The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance cancelled by Netflix. At a time when fantasy shows are on trend for streaming networks, it is painful to see this unique and beautiful show end before the story can fully be told. Here is hoping it can live on in one way or another.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.