‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Episode 4: “The First Thing I Remember Is Fire”

“Thra’s true balance will be found when natural order is sound.”  The Skeksis receive their largest screen time yet as Rian finds a spark of hope in the unlikeliest of places and Brea realizes that the Gelfling clan hierarchy accepted within her society may be the very thing keeping them from seeing the truth. The stereotype of the physically dark and twisted villain has been a staple of fiction for centuries. Considering that Age of Resistance is prequel to a movie whose roots are firmly planted in the 80s when even in their variety, the villains possessed such traits, it’s understandable that “The First Thing I Remember Is Fire” goes all-in by displaying the Skeksis as a most vile and vainglorious lot. Aside from even their horrid physical appearance and the rot infesting them, watching their gluttonous and self-centeredness behavior as they feast the return of their Ornamentalist is both dull and yet enjoyably accurate. Funny enough, it seems as if the Hunter—tasked by Chamberlain to track down Rian—is the only Skeksis that lives by any sort of code (to him, the hunt is all that matters). But even his ‘honor’ and the Scientist’s thoughtful call for moderation offers enough … Continue reading ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Episode 4: “The First Thing I Remember Is Fire”