Kimmie (aka KD) has been writing published novels and online articles. She is also an artist and owns her own art shop through Redbubble.
Once I heard or read that Netflix was developing the series that is the prequel to the great movie, The Dark Crystal, I was very excited. I was counting the days. I couldn't wait to see more gelflings; I thought it would be fun to see all the different clans of the gelflings.
I knew from the 1982 movie, Kira and Jen looked different from each other: Jen had darker skin with a blue forehead. Kira had fair skin.
The day the series was released, it was on a Friday...a weekday...a work day. I had to work that day, and I was anxious to watch it, especially the first episode. I woke up extra early, so I would have time to watch the pilot before I went to work. I did enjoy seeing the skeksis - they were made to look younger than they were in the movie. Four extra skeksis were added in the series.
Watching the original Emperor (skekSo) being younger and healthier was interesting. His voice was more fierce than it was in the movie; it does make sense. Chamberlain is still my favorite skeksi, and I was glad to see that its personality didn't change. All it wanted was "power", and have high rankings in the skeksis clan. I always thought of it as a character that people would "love to hate".
After watching the first episode, I did go to work, but after I came back home, I watch rest of the episodes. I did enjoy all ten of the episodes. Sure enough, I fell in love with all the gelflings. I knew I would before watching the ten episodes. My favorite gelflings are Brea, Gurjin, and Kylan. Brea is a lot like me when it comes to our stubborness and attitudes. I got a kick out of Gurjin's sense of humor. I like Kylan's mellow personality.
Like I mentioned in my last article, I am still convinced that Kylan could still be Kira's grandfather or father. When I saw him checking out Brea through-out the series, I thought Brea could possibly be Kira's grandmother or mother. Kira's physical traits looked too much like she could be Vapran (like Prince Brea and her family).
The third to the last episode of the series, we see Deet foresaw Brea looking very much like Kira's mother from the movie version running around holding a baby. She was running away from Garthims. I, instantly, said out loud, "Okay, there is baby Kira..." I did get excited, because I felt like my guess that Kira being a descendant of Kylan and Brea could be right.
At the same time, I saw Rian trying to mend the huge dark crystal the same way Jen did... I felt like it was supposed to give us "loyal fans" something besides that Rian was the first gelfling to mend the crystal. I don't know if the producers and writers of the series wanted give us hints that Rian related to Jen some how like they could possibly be relatives, or something else. Rian and Jen did walk the same way with the same sway with every step they took to get them where they want to go... They also used the same words when talked: for example, "...together, then...."
Another thing I thought was interesting was the main characters from the novel series became the secondary (supporting) characters in the Netflix series. I didn't have a problem with it, because I thought it was fun getting to see Rian, Brea, and Deet's views of life. I know some of the timing don't match between the novels and the series like Rian started his journey the day Mira (his girlfriend) got her essence drained. In the novels, he ran straight home to hid from the skeksis and mourned over Mira.
However, I did think it was probably for Netflix to use the supporting characters from the novel as their main characters, so they could have their freedom to do what they wanted to do with them. Deet had only one tiny part in the novel series, but she probably had the most parts in the Netflix series. That gelfling did become very well loved by the fans. She was sweet, friendly, and adventurous. Who wouldn't love that?
The series was more involving than the movie: I think having more gelflings helped make the story more exciting. The fans got a chance to learn more about the planet, Thra. We learned more about the laws, the main religion morals, and each one of the clans' cultures.
Also, who can forget the podlings? Like the movie, they had their pub and had their partiesall the time. Gelflings were always welcomed to enter inside and have a drink. A female podling with long white hair resembled Kira's adopted mother. The main podling, Hup, joined Deet on the long adventure to help make Thra a safer planet. He was also the comic relief character. Aughra's slave podling looked so much like Hup that I was thinking it might be possible that he could be Hup's brother.
Overall, I did enjoy the series very much. Like all the Dark Crystal fans, I was heart-broken when the series was cancelled after the first season. I do understand that it did take a lot of hard work and money to make this happen. Getting to know what will happen next will be fun: What will happen next for Deet since The Darkening entered into her veins? Why didn't the crystal mend when Rian tried to insert the shard, Who is Kira's father? Who are Jen's parents? When did skekUng joined the remaining skeksis?
However, after the sad news, I read in an article that one of Jim Henson's daughter shared some spoilers like we really did see baby Kira during the third to the last episode...
Like some of the fans, I did have some guesses of what happened from the time of the series to the time when Jen and Kira were babies and were taken in by the Podlings and The Mystics.
If you would like to read my list of predictions and guesses of what happened during that time, you are more than welcome to read the forth part of this article series.
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