What’s on TV Friday: ‘The Dark Crystal’ and ‘Keeping Faith’

What’s on TV Friday: ‘The Dark Crystal’ and ‘Keeping Faith’

THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE Stream on Netflix. The cast includes Mark Hamill, Sigourney Weaver, Andy Samberg, Awkwafina and Simon Pegg. Is it a big-budget ensemble comedy? No. How about a “Star Wars” spinoff? Not quite. With an all-star voice cast, a hefty budget and many puppets, this new series aims to give a serious face-lift to the 1982 fantasy film “The Dark Crystal.” The original movie, which came from the Muppets’s Jim Henson, was a luxuriant, puppet-driven fantasy fable that, Vincent Canby wrote in his review for The New York Times, “aims, I think, to be a sort of Muppet ‘Paradise Lost’ but winds up as watered down J.R.R. Tolkien.” It told of a world where mystical species good and bad were caught in a power struggle that hinged on a magical crystal. The Netflix series, which is aimed at adults and children, tells a prequel over 10 episodes.

CARNIVAL ROW Stream on Amazon. Immigration is the key issue in this new series — but the show doesn’t take place in our world. Or not quite, at least. The setting is a fantasy city with Victorian flourishes and an immigration crisis involving a population of winged-fairy refugees. One of these refugees, Vignette (Cara Delevingne), strikes up a forbidden romance with a human detective played by Orlando Bloom. The story focuses on their romance and the mystery surrounding unsolved murders that Bloom’s character is trying to solve.

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