The Dark Crystal

THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE

When I first heard that Netflix was going to make a series based on the Dark Crystal, I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical about the whole thing. However, I knew I was going to at least give it a try, as I’d been a fan of the original film from when it first came out.

I was, like many others I suspect, very happily surprised by just how good it was. Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is an excellent series that is entirely in keeping with the original and very respectful to everything that the film did. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve now watched the whole thing twice, and gone back to watch the original movie too.

In fact, I’ve now started reading the Dark Crystal Creation Myths graphic novels too. I suppose I’ve become a little obsessed with it, although there’s nothing especially wrong with that.

I was very pleased to hear that another season is also in offing, and I’m certainly looking forward to that. Personally I’m not sure I can get quite enough Dark Crystal for now.

But why is it so compelling? Why has it been such a hit? Sure, there are plenty of people who remember the original movie and have nothing but fond memories of it, but I think it’s more than that. Dark Crystal is a very traditional story of good versus evil. There’s nothing new there, but it isn’t always as simple as that. It’s about community, and joining forces, about loyalty and innocence and friendship too.

THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE

Thanks Netflix, for being completely rubbish

I have been slowly watching every episode of every iteration of Stargate that there is. I’ve watched Stargate SG1, Stargate Universe, and I had almost completed all of Stargate Atlantis when Netflix dropped it. I was 4 episodes away from having watched the whole thing, every series of every version, and now I can’t!

Well thanks a bunch Netflix! No warnings, no news, nothing at all. That is nothing short of poor service. Other streaming TV services put dates on stuff so you know when it’s disappearing. Some even have categories for ‘leaving soon’ so you can be aware of it. Netflix? Nope, that’s not how they do things. They prefer to keep you in the dark and then annoy you for no reason whatsoever. How rubbish is that?

So I have to seriously consider whether they’re any good anymore. Whether I should keep this service. Their range and choice is seriously diminished these days anyway, so maybe it’s time to say goodbye. They obviously don’t care about customers either do they?

It’s a shame, a real shame, and it could be avoided so easily.

So I watched “I dream of wires”

It was quite interesting actually. I filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge about modulars. However, it still hasn’t made me really want one. I can understand the ideas behind them and I can understand why they are popular, but I still don’t want to commit to getting one. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never actually got my hands on one so I’m not hooked as yet. Who knows.

Still, it was interesting to watch and hear some of the views of a few artists I really respect.

Wallander

I really liked the UK version of Wallander with Kenneth Brannagh. I’ve watched all 3 series and recently re-watched the first two series on netflix. I was impressed again with just how good the performances were and the very high production values in all the episodes. But the one thing I haven’t been able to do so far is to watch the original series. I’m sure it’s very good, and maybe I’ll get around to watching it one day, but for now I’ll just stick to the one I like.

Impressions of Netflix so far

I’ve been using netflix on a month’s trial for just over a week now. It is useful, it is cheap for unlimited streamed video for £5.99 a month, but the big drawback is the quality and the consistency of the service. Sometimes it is just unwatchable. The picture quality can be terrible at times and then it just cuts out altogether, sometimes for several minutes at a time.

So, whilst it is fine for just catching up on shows on a small screen, like an iPad, I just wouldn’t use it on the big screen as I don’t think it would be watchable. So whilst I think it’s a handy service for catching up on things that I’ve missed, I can’t see it as being more than that until the quality improves radically.

As for the amount of material available, well, it isn’t wonderful to be honest. There are plenty of things I was hoping to find on here that aren’t, which is a shame, but maybe as it gains users in the UK it’ll improve.

The Day of the Triffids

I watched this when it was on the BBC originally and thought it was a very good version, so it was good to see it again on Netflix. The performances were very good and some interesting choices on casting, and the triffids didn’t look too awful, which is really hard to do I’m sure.

The only downside is that on netflix it cuts out every few seconds!