Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by JD, May 18, 2017.
Glass eye maybe (the real ones for the puppet head are probably glass anyway).?
Or maybe the Mystics have some healing art that restored it. Which would mean the Scientist's eye grew back too and he kept the "loupe" over it because it was useful.
Just finished episode 5 and I don't think they could have done the dreamscape sequence in 1982. The visual effects on that scene alone were absolutely remarkable, and it made watching this show and the movie worth it. Also, you just want to root for these characters so much over the Skeksies. Heck, there was even kind of a fellowship of the ring moment in this episode. Maybe it's the Fellowship of the Crystal?
Damn Saledon though. That was quite an ending.
RE: The Scientist's eye. Simplest explanation is that while pain and physical health of the pairs are inter-linked, physical loss of biomass (like extremities) does not transfer. I mean, we saw in The Emperor's death scene that he was physically decaying and missing things like the tip of his nose, and yet no evidence of the equivalent wounds on The Master. He just looks really old and tired and dies at the same time.
So it could simply be that while yes, The Architect does have two eyes, one of them may be blinded.
Watched episode 3, What Was Sundered and Undone.
Wow, I loved Stone in The Woods, that was another gorgeous set.
We also got our first encounter between two of our lead characters, with Rian and Deet's run in.
Aughra's run ins with the Skesis and the crystal were pretty good.
I was surprised to see the way the Stonewood Gelfling were treating Deet, I didn't expect them to have that prejudice towards each other.
It's a little scary how the Skesis have managed to so completely convince the Gelfling that they are good guys.
Well the Skeksis have had many centuries and generations of gelflings to convince them and hold that via tradition and law.
I wonder what the most puppeteers they ever had on set at one time was. They've had some pretty big crowds in the first three episodes.
I finished the first season. I really enjoyed it, even though there were some episodes that got really dark for a TV PG show like this. I was thankful the darkness was evened out so it didn't go all the way to the depths of depression though. I wasn't really a fan of Saladon's dive into darkness, and I wish it had been done with a little more subtlety.
They said in the documentary (or somewhere) that they were probably able to go to darker, more gruesome places with puppets than they would've been able to do with human actors, because that layer of unreality softened the impact a bit.
Spoiler: Seladon's arc
I think Seladon's descent was well-handled; she was basically a Trump voter, someone so brainwashed by blind faith in her masters' propaganda that she couldn't face the fact that they were working against her own best interests. And she felt unappreciated and unloved by her mother, so she was desperately driven to prove herself worthy and her ideas right, and her pride became toxic.
On the other hand, I felt her redemption was too quick and sudden, like they jumped over the moment where she finally had an epiphany and realized she'd been wrong to support the Skeksis.
Watched episode 4 this morning.
The Hunter was a surprise, it's weird seeing Skesis who isn't covered in huge clothes, and who is so fast and agile.
I'm happy Rian finally is making some allies, who believe him.
Deet's rescue of Hup was pretty cool.
Lore was cool, I liked him using the etchings in his arm to play the recorded voice.
We finally saw a Uru!
Damn, I was really sad to see them kill Ordon after he finally started to believe Rian.
"We're dreamfasting you idiot, shut up."
Deet trying to shoo away the pigeon was adorable.
And everything with Hup was especially adorable.
That last bit is gonna be good fuel for the shippers, won't it.
I finished the series Sunday night. It was fantastic. Light years ahead of the movie. The puppetry and voice cast was fantastic. I was expecting things to end on a major downer, but it ended much sooner than I thought it would. I hope we get another season.
Probably the same reason they killed Mira in the first episode, they couldn't afford an Oscar winner like Vikander for more than that and they couldn't afford Mark Strong for too long either.
The puppeteers...and voice actors, are having way too much fun at times. But from the original film's making of special....that is also tradition.
They seems to all be improv singers.
This was wonderful. I am always concerned by someone trying to resurrect an old IP just to squeeze some more money out of it but this is wonderful. It was beautiful to behold, the shots, the landscapes, wow. It was very nice to look at.
And the story was really good, too. I'm just wondering where can they go from here. The first Garthim soldier has been built, but are they really going to go into the slaughter of the Gelfling civilization? Even if the two Gelfling from the movie aren't actually the last two survivors, they certainly aren't anywhere in the movie like here, so the Gelfling "nation" is destroyed. They ended on a high note with the rebellion not being crushed immediately but with a strong foreshadowing of the worse to come. After watching this and the movie again, I'd like it if the second or subsequent season(s) goes into and effectively remakes the movie so they can continue the story even further. What to the reunited Urskeks do? Are they physical beings or some kind of energy, they don't really look solid like the Skeksis and Mystics did. I'd like to see more of them and more of the rebuilding of the Gelfling and other cultures in the aftermath of all of this. Is the darkening really defeated and gone or will it still persist in some form? This is a rare occasion where the new version eclipses the original but then it is a change of medium and a streaming show of almost 8 hrs can do a lot that a 90 minute movie could never do.
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