Fresh from its recent Emmy win, Netflix has made the bizarre decision not to renew The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance for a second season. The ambitious series served as a prequel to the classic Jim Henson movie landed on Netflix last August to universal critical acclaim, and won over a legion of new fans. Without question, the biggest puppet-based production ever made, Age of Resistance was a stunning achievement in puppetry, storytelling, and so much more. The Jim Henson Company CEO, Lisa Henson, shared the frustrating news via a statement;
“We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. 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.”
In a separate statement, 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 recognised with the Emmy this weekend.”
It was questionable if Age of Resistance would come back for a second season as it wasn't immediately picked up following its debut over a year ago. While it's not uncommon for Netflix to take its time to renew a show, the first season took more than a year to film, so you'd think Netflix would want them to get started ASAP. Lisa Henson hinted that they would explore new ways to finish the story, but it is unlikely to be in live-action or on the scale of the series.
The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance is available to stream on Netflix now.