This is going to break a lot of hearts, but Netflix has decided not to review The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The acclaimed puppet series, a prequel to Jim Henson’s classic The Dark Crystal, had just won an Emmy award for Outstanding Children’s Program days ago.
“We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” said executive producer Lisa Henson. “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. Our company has a legacy of creating rich and complex worlds that require technical innovation, artistic excellence, and masterful storytelling. Our history also includes productions that are enduring, often finding and growing their audience over time and proving again and again that fantasy and science fiction genres reflect eternal messages and truths that are always relevant. “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.”
Netflix added, “We are grateful to the master artists at The Jim Henson Company for bringing The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to life for fans around the world. We’re thankful to the executive producers Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, and Louis Leterrier, who also directed all episodes, as well as the writers, cast and crew for their outstanding work and thrilled they were recognized with the Emmy this weekend.”
A reason for cancellation was not given, and since Netflix rarely reveals viewership figures (unless they are phenomenal) we can’t say for sure how the series did. But one would think all of the critical acclaim would have warranted at least a second season, to build on the word-of-mouth. Perhaps the world of Thra will be revisited again someday, either on Netflix or another platform.