As anticipation continues to build for the August 30 release of Netflix’s original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix continued its run in Hall H with a presentation of the pilot episode. Going by Twitter, it was very well received.
The new series is directed and exec. produced by Louis Letterier (Clash of the Titans) as a prequel for the 1982 puppet-based fantasy classic directed by the late Jim Henson and Frank Oz. There have been other forays into this world in other media, including books, video games, etc. but plans to make a sequel called The Power of Dark Crystal was stuck in various stages of development with a number of different filmmakers before being completely scrapped. (That story was released in book form.)
The Netflix series is going to be a straight prequel in ten episodes, but it’s using some of the same techniques and many of the puppeteers from the Jim Henson Company who worked closely with Henson and know how to keep the series and characters faithful to the movie.
There’s already been a teaser for the series but with the premiere just six weeks away, Netflix went whole hog and showed the first episode at its Hall H panel.
To coincide with the panel — at which Mark Hamill received his well-deserved Comic-Con Icon Award — Netflix released a special “Sneak Peek,” as well as a new poster that you can see at left (and click on the image for a larger version). You can also watch that Comic-Con sneek peak below, basically an EPK-like promo for the series, but then below that, you can read a few hand-selected reactions after watching the pilot from Hall H.
Hopefully, we’ll have more from the panel shortly.
The reactions to the Dark Crystal footage (and panel members, which include Taron Egerton and Mark Hamill) have been the biggest yet this year in Hall H. #ComicCon
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 19, 2019
I really dug the first episode of The Dark Crystal. It’s beautiful, yes, but also really sucks you into its deep mythology and characters. I’ll be watching the rest come August.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 20, 2019
— Rachel Heine (@RachelHeine) July 20, 2019