The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance stars two gay dads and the internet is living
After Netflix dropped its Dark Crystal series Age of Resistance, fans were overjoyed to discover that one of the main characters has an adorable LGBT+ family.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance acts as a prequel to the cult 1982 film, following three elf-like creatures called Gelflings as they stage a rebellion against a threat to their home planet, Thra.
Featuring a star-studded vocal cast including Taron Egerton, Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Izzard, the series eschews CGI wizardry in favour of retro puppetry.
Described as “Game of Thrones with puppets“, the plot delves into issues such as race, class and, touchingly, LGBT+ families.
During the ten-part series, one of the Gelflings, Deet (voiced by Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel), nonchalantly refers to having two fathers.
The show’s Twitter account confirmed that Deet comes from a same-sex parent family, sending viewers into a frenzy.
That’s it. That’s the Deet. https://t.co/EEJCoDTT27
— The Dark Crystal (@darkcrystal) August 31, 2019
DEET HAS TWO DADS???? I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO STAN #AgeOfResistance
— 𝒞𝒶𝓇𝓇𝒾𝑒 (@neon_heartbeat) September 2, 2019
THE DARK CRYSTAL: AOR SAID GAY DAD RIGHTS. I LOVE THIS SHOW. pic.twitter.com/GIHTg4Wgzv
— Plague PhD (@stigmataspirit) August 31, 2019
Fans have also applauded the show for featuring a lesbian relationship between Tavra (Caitriona Balfe) and Onica (Natalie Dormer, also of Game of Thrones).
Ok was no one gonna tell me how much Lesbian Energy™️ Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has, or was I supposed to just experience that on my own???
— nerd by definition (@suit_upemg) August 31, 2019
ONICA AND TAVRA IN A LESBIAN RELATIONSHIP AND THEN DEET JUST SHOUTED FATHERS AS IN PLURAL ❤❤
Dark Crystal just said Gay Rights 🌈🌈
— Tay (@DoniLad10) August 31, 2019
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance could get second season
Age of Resistance comes almost 40 years after the release of the original Dark Crystal, which was directed by The Muppets’ Jim Henson and Frank Oz.
It followed the last of the Gelflings, Jen (Stephen Garlick) and Kira (Lisa Maxwell), as they go on a quest to restore balance to Thra, which is ruled over by the immortal Skeksis.
Released to a muted reception, over time the film became a cult favourite among fans who praised its subject matter and groundbreaking animatronics.
Age of Resistance‘s executive producer Lisa Henson (Jim Henson’s daughter) has said that the prequel series is intentionally vague about its timeline.
“We’re keeping it a little vague how far in advance of the film it is,” Henson told RadioTimes.
“The Skeksis are almost immortal and Aughra is immortal, and the Gelfling have short lives like humans do and so we don’t know where on the timeline this is exactly.”
Halle Stanford, who also serves as executive producer, hinted that by the end of the ten-part series, there is still ground left to cover.
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“If you remember the opening shot of the movie, the world is quite darkened and when we see our Thra and the castle here, it’s green and lush… that’s all I’ll say,” she said.