The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
For those of you who may not have seen yet, Netflix have just released a film based on Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal movie, a film you may remember from the ruination of your childhood. If you couldn’t get enough of the majestic Gelflings, the plucky Podlings and the absolutely soul destroying Skeksis then you will be pleased to know that the series has all this and more. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set before the events of the movie and tells the story of the tragic fall of the Gelflings. The series contains all the charm of any great Jim Henson work, even more so perhaps than the original and it fills in some of the blanks left behind too so for any fan this is an absolute must watch.
Based on the 1973 film of the same name, Westworld takes the concept of a wild west theme park in which one of the animatronic cowboys goes rogue and turns it on its head. The show is produced by HBO and you can tell, with all the production values of the best cinematic experiences. The story itself is all about the morals behind creating robotic “hosts” and the perils of AI. It’s a deep well of thought but it contains enough action, adventure, romance and excellent storytelling to keep anyone hooked. It also has a stellar cast with some of the finest acting on TV on display, most notably perhaps is Anthony Hopkins as the mysterious owner of Westworld itself.
I’m sure most of you have seen The Silence of the Lambs, or at least heard of it, in fact, the Hannibal franchise has a few entries, some good some OK and some not great. When you first hear that there is a TV series about everyone’s favourite cannibal killer it’s easy to think that you’re milking the series dry but give it a chance. This series revolves around the relationship between the man himself and an FBI agent named Will Graham, Hannibal helps him to track down some disturbing serial killers, this is however before anybody knows about his dark appetite. The result is a well-made gruesome and thought-provoking detective series that is filled to the brim with tension and intrigue.
You may remember the 1996 film Fargo by the Coen Brothers, it boldly claimed that the film was based on a true story when it was anything but, setting the precedent for their quirky style for many years to come. The series is just as quirky, not based on the same story but clearly inspired by the film. Fargo tells offbeat stories about strange goings on in small American towns. It’s an anthology series so each series tells a different story with a different cast, bosting actors such as Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst and Ewan McGregor. It may be different from the film, but it contains all the things you likely loved about it.