Check out IGN’s review of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance below:When we first meet Deet, her kindness, temperament, and sweet voice provided by Game of Thrones veteran Nathalle Emmanuel serve as the perfect hook, line, and sinker to quickly establish her as the heart of the series.
If Rian is the brawn and Brea is the brains, Deet serves as the defining symbol of love throughout the series, much like Elmo is to the residents of Sesame Street. Her love of her family, friends, home, and Thra are so unabashedly selfless that she doesn’t just willingly accept the ability to absorb the darkening, but desperately seeks for a way to be able to do so.
When Deet speaks with the Sanctuary Tree in the first episode, she’s being thrust into her place in the Hero – or in this case Heroine’s Journey. She’s so concerned for the condition of her world and loved ones that she’s willing to leave everything behind (having no experience mind you) in order to restore balance.
In less than 60 minutes, this series manages to introduce characters, places, and plot points that are entirely new, and thanks to the 1982 film’s established story, we’re left not only rooting for our heroes but shaken at the idea that anything would ever happen to them. Thankfully throughout the series, one character does his very best to ensure Deet’s safety.
Much like Game of Thrones, no character — Gelfling or otherwise — is safe from death in Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Though the Jim Henson Company production on the surface seems like it could be lighter fantasy fare, it quickly becomes clear that this is a dark world where horrible things can and will happen to creatures we care about.
That realization comes to Deet too once she ventures to the surface world of Thra. When Deet begins to encounter various creatures on the surface of Thra, she tries to win them over with her charm and kindness. She’s greeted by everything from violence to racism — but fortunately she has someone just as delightful as she is to come to her aid.
When confronted with the Arathim, she’s (kind of?) rescued by Hup, a podling with a thirst for adventure whose ultimate goal is to become a brave Paladin in the All-Maudra’s army. The dialogue that is shared between Deet and Hup throughout that scene, and their early adventures in the series closely resembles what one might experience in a game of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s quick, and doesn’t overstay its welcome.
Their banter continues to provide the viewer with heartwarming glee, as Deet questions the world around her, and Hup explains in the most sincere, and best way that he’s capable of. It’s when Hup tells Deet the correct path to Ha’rar, that he receives a small kiss, and he and I made this face:
As Deet expresses her confidence in the ability to unite all Gelfling against the Darkening, Hup explains that it’s unlikely they’ll receive aid when needed because the majority of Gelfling clans do not interact with one another, simply because they are different.
Deet’s stance to say no against hatred, and yes to the love of all of the creatures of Thra serves not only as another example of her overall awesomeness, but a reminder that when it comes to certain issues, that being nice to one another maybe isn’t the most difficult task to ask of ourselves.
Much later in the series, Deet is gifted the ability to absorb the power of the Darkening within herself thanks to the Sanctuary tree. In the final episode, she absorbs so much — too much — of the darkening that the Emperor hurls on the Gelflings and their allies for the sake of protecting her friends.
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Though she is not killed through these acts (phew, I’m not heartbroken yet), she is left broken, infected, and unsure of what to do with the darkening. Her very identity is lost to how it affects the world around her. The one character who was closest to Thra, representative of love and heroism, is likely to become an instrument of its demise.
Not all is lost, however. In Mother Aughra’s final speech to the Gelfling as they celebrate their triumph, she tells them that their win “doesn’t belong to a single Gelfling, or a single Clan, It belongs to all of us, all of Thra, united. This day, the many become one!” Deet explains to Hup earlier in the series that she hopes to one day be responsible for the unification of all Gelfling and her willingness to give her identity and self for the good of the many is what allows her dream to become a reality.
I can’t help but be concerned for the future of my new favorite Muppet, not just in the sense that she’s left at the end of the series with the worst fate of the cast, but also because of what this might do to the balance of the series moving forward. Obviously things will end badly for all of the Gelfling, if the original film is to remain canon (which it most likely will), but Deet’s position as a beacon of love throughout Season 1 were some of my favorite moments. Now that she’s infected, it’s hard to imagine where those moments of levity might appear in a potential subsequent season. I also don’t want to think about what horrifying scenarios they’re going to put her in if more of her tale is yet to be told.
In the end, I’m thrilled to have had so much time as one season with a character as loveable as Deet. In a world filled with an onslaught of negative themes and ideals, it was so refreshing to see a personality in such a vibrant world that was so caring. For me, she’ll serve as a textbook reminder of the little effort is required to take care of one another through small acts of kindness, and how “getting along may be hard at first, but like anything else in life… it takes time to adjust.”
Chris Shriver is a social coordinator for IGN and absolutely loved Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. You can follow him at @SHRIVES93.