Netflix has axed ambitious puppet fantasy The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance after just one series, it has confirmed.
And fans are furious about it.
Me: Could This Year Get Worse!!— Noel Mulgrew (@MulgrewNoel) September 21, 2020
2020: Netflix Cancelled The Dark Crystal AOR After Winning an Emmy!!!
Id give that entire month everyone yapped about Tiger King for one single day of new DARK CRYSTAL stuff.— Christopher Wade ✊🏿 🌟 (@ItsmeChrisWade) September 21, 2020
I adored this series. https://t.co/wSM9hJAUVg
DARK CRYSTAL NOOOOOO 😭 pic.twitter.com/QVFXWiF7l3— Artyom Topilin (@artyomtopilin) September 21, 2020
#DarkCrystal was canceled because it won for best children's series. @netflix can't be associated with quality children's programs. Now if the puppets were 11 years old and twerking and being sexualized then it would get 12 seasons.— Brian S Turpen (@bsturpen24) September 21, 2020
Heard about Dark Crystal getting dropped by Netflix. Boooo! pic.twitter.com/kDYyC8iIY8— Conor Nolan (@conor_draws) September 21, 2020
WTF is @netflix playing at?! They make great shows and then just drop them! Santa Clarita Diet cancelled on a cliffhanger. No resolution for fans. Dark Crystal after it wins an emmy. Daybreakers. Everything sucks. Im not OK with this. What is the point of Netflix?!— Craig Leary (@craigleary88) September 21, 2020
Even people who haven’t seen it are furious about it.
I was literally about to start Dark Crystal Age of Resistance this week and now i’m hearing it’s getting cancelled after one season?! I’ve seen so much love for the show why would they cancel! I haven’t even watched it and i’m sad! Netflix why 🤦♀️— Emily C. (@OtterToons) September 21, 2020
The prequel to Jim Henson and Frank Oz's 1982 movie The Dark Crystal, it returned to the world of Thra and followed gelflings Rian, Deet, and Brea in their rebellion against their tyrannical rulers.
But despite a dizzyingly impressive voice cast, the show will not return, despite having won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program last weekend.
“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,” said executive producer Lisa Henson in a statement.
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“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.”
Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel played the three lead characters, while the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Benedict Wong, Mark Hamill, Awkwafina, Lena Headey, Alicia Vikander, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard and Mark Strong also made up the cast.
Reviews were also positive, Vulture calling it 'a staggering artistic achievement'.