If anything sums up how frustrating it is to be a Netflix viewer, it’s this: last Sunday, The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance won the Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. The following morning, Netflix announced the show’s cancellation.
Age Of Resistance was a prequel to the classic 1982 film, focusing on the rise of the buzzard-like Skeksis and the eventual fall of the elfin Gelflings that previously thrived in the land of Thra. The look and feel of the program was very faithful to the movie and, as a result, it looked like no other TV show on the air right now, which is saying a lot considering HOW MANY SHOWS we’ve got these days.
“We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” said executive producer Lisa Henson sorrowfully. “We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future. We are so grateful to Netflix for trusting us to realize this ambitious series; we are deeply proud of our work on Age of Resistance, and the acclaim it has received from fans, critics, and our peers, most recently receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program.”
The Jim Henson Company had an outlined plan and a full arc planned for Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, and it was part of their pitch to the streamer. Season One of the series ended in a cliffhanger, under the assumption that they would be allowed to tell the rest of the story. No such luck.