The Dark Crystal

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Hello parasite carrying an eyeball, why am I sympathising with you?

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 16:33 (three months ago) link

don't mess with skexis

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:06 (three months ago) link

i fancy watching this. not a huge fan of the film (although top marks for terrifying me as a child) but it's just nice to see some good old fashioned puppetry on the go in this world of cgi muck

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:07 (three months ago) link

xpost lol

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:10 (three months ago) link

Lookit, when it doesn't land I'm generally content to let it lie but my unheralded coinage of 'skeksisism' upthread was solid imho

Time to Make a Pizza Pact! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:13 (three months ago) link

rewatched the movie today & goddamn the original score is a thing of beauty. the worst part is still poor Jen, stuck describing everything we already see happening in the most awkward way :(

Watched the movie with my 7 year-old the other night (well most of it, got a little too creepy for him) but that was his thought as well, "is he going to narrate everything we already know the whole movie?".

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:15 (three months ago) link

What's wrong with being skeksy?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:16 (three months ago) link

xpost lol, yeah it’s like you find yrself saying to the tv “HEY JEN: WE KNOW”

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:17 (three months ago) link

I'm Skeksy and I Know It

Melon Musk (Leee), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:42 (three months ago) link

let's talk about skeks

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:43 (three months ago) link

Bringing skeksi back

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:45 (three months ago) link

twitter took that through to its logical conclusion

While watching #DarkCrystalAgeOfResistance I rewrote the lyrics to SexyBack from The Chamberlain's perspective. As you do. #DarkCrystal pic.twitter.com/rlUjHBiQpW

— Sarah Doran (@sarahisnothere) August 31, 2019

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 01:49 (three months ago) link

I was kind of iffy until the third episode, but I'm definitely draw in now. Hup + Deet are my favorites so far, and I think part of my fondness for Deet in particular is how poorly Missandei was treated as a character in GOT.

Melon Musk (Leee), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:46 (three months ago) link

HUP SPOON 2020

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:41 (three months ago) link

OMG!!!! I know a lot of you have mentioned how dark the series gets, but I didn't expect all the feels.

Aphex Twinge (Leee), Friday, 6 September 2019 17:52 (three months ago) link

right?

v emotional

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 6 September 2019 20:52 (three months ago) link

The Heretic!

BTW one reason I love Deet is how bright eyed she is, and how, because Grottans live in caves, their pupils are perpetually dilated, and so she is also literally bright eyed because everything is bright to her.

Aphex Twinge (Leee), Saturday, 7 September 2019 08:10 (two months ago) link

yes! that was such a specific & beautifully realized detail

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 September 2019 16:04 (two months ago) link

the season is so rich with detail storywise & it is clear by the end that there’s so much more to tell, the idea of more seasons is v exciting & i did not expect to feel that way going in

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 September 2019 16:07 (two months ago) link

Get that season 2 confirmed, Netflix!

Johnny Grottan from the Skeks Pistols (Leee), Monday, 9 September 2019 05:36 (two months ago) link

Finished it now.

Fuck me. I already thought it was dark but those last few episodes take it to another level.

Kind of glad my kids stopped watching as episode 7 would have totally freaked them out.

Is this a lock for a second season or do the costs involved mean it's not such a sure thing?

groovypanda, Monday, 9 September 2019 08:03 (two months ago) link

THis is cute
https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/the-lead-artist-on-netflixs-new-dark-crystal-series-was-the-baby-in-labyrinth-114447773.html
saw the headline a few days ago.

So far seen the first episode which is really nicely done and already getting a bit dark.
Will watch the rest shortly.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 September 2019 08:59 (two months ago) link

groovyP: how come the kids stopped watching?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 9 September 2019 13:42 (two months ago) link

Son (9) was a bit too young, daughter (11) is not interested in any shows unless they're about Australian hotels or baby showers

groovypanda, Monday, 9 September 2019 13:49 (two months ago) link

Wish they had focused on fewer characters to give them more depth. Without that, the relationships between the characters felt thin, except maybe Deet and Hup. Everyone's hugging at the end and I'm like "you said two words to that character". Also, would have liked to see more about the aftermath of Seladon realizing her error - how it affected her and her relationship with Brea. Seemed like it was just dropped, everything forgiven/forgotten by both characters.

Some of the voices were grating but it's ostensibly a kid's show, can't really fault that. Many of the Skeksis voices were great tho

Visuals were simply amazing. My wife complained about the lack of emotion due to it being puppets, but I dunno, I was sold

Vinnie, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:19 (two months ago) link

Some things that I've learned since I finished the series:

- Puppeteering happens BEFORE voice actors record their lines, meaning that voice actors match to the puppeteers.
- Voice actors record their lines solo, because syncing to the puppets' mouth movements makes ensemble voice acting much more difficult.
- Voices aren't processed, i.e. Simon Pegg is actually using that voice for Chamberlain.

Johnny Grottan from the Skeks Pistols (Leee), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:43 (two months ago) link

i see you watched that 90 minute making-of episode to.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:13 (two months ago) link

*too

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:13 (two months ago) link

yeah I learned a lot of cool stuff from that!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 12 September 2019 02:03 (two months ago) link

it was enthralling!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 12 September 2019 02:47 (two months ago) link

i love that the whole Froud family is involved

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 12 September 2019 03:27 (two months ago) link

Something to be Froud of.
It's nicely done anyway.
I think I need to give the original a watch again. & hope there's more or similar coming.

Stevolende, Thursday, 12 September 2019 06:27 (two months ago) link

Just finished watching this last night, over about a week. I am a big fan of the original's charm despite its slowness; my wife could take it or leave it, but we both LOVED this. This is fantasy world-building like you rarely get to see in entertainment of this nature, and the puppetry and set building is unbelievably gorgeous. If there isn't a season 2 it will be a crime!

I also don't think that I have ever seen another actor take over a role that had originated with someone else 35 years prior and knock it out of the park the way Simon Pegg did here. The whole voice cast was great but his performance was next level.

I don't get wet because I am tall and thin and I am afraid of people (Eliza D.), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 13:17 (two months ago) link

otm

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:58 (two months ago) link

Mostly, I loved this. It’s flawed, a few too many forced references to the original for my tastes, and the skekses said the word “essence” about 50 times too many, but damn.. beautiful. I have a fair amount of insider knowledge on sets and props, and I can tell you that these people knocked it out of the park. Really, the first time in a while I felt like I was seeing something new and surprising in the classic fantasy genre.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 15:01 (two months ago) link


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