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A Primer on 'The Dark Crystal' Before You Watch the Netflix Prequel, 'Age of Resistance'

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If you've been on the internet the last few days, you might have noticed a lot of buzz around a new Netflix show, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which features elf-like creatures called Gelflings (Rian, Brea, and Deet) who rebel against and fight the Skeksis (scary bird monsters who have ruled over their realm called Thra). But this isn't a new-new show. It's actually a prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 movie The Dark Crystal.

What's The Dark Crystal about? Do you need to watch it in order to get the prequel, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

In The Dark Crystal, a Gelfling called Jen goes on a mission to restore peace and balance to Thra by finding the lost Shard that belonged to the Crystal. The reason why it's so bad that the Crystal is cracked, is that it lets the Skeksis and urRu enter their world. The Skeksis killed off almost all the Gelflings except for Jen. Jen is told by the urRu, who take him in, that he has to fix the Crystal, and if he doesn't do so before the planet's three suns align, the Skeksis will rule and terrorize Thra forever. Spoiler warning: Jen takes the Shard and inserts it back into the gem, and all is well and good.