'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' features same-sex parents

02 Sep 2019
Chad St. James
Categories: Latest News, Film + TV

It's been called the "Game of Thrones of Puppets," and if you haven't checked out Netflix's The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance, you're missing out. Not only is it a modern-day masterpiece in filmmaking featuring traditional puppetry from the 80s, but it's also being celebrated for its diversity and inclusiveness.

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal was released nearly four decades ago and went on to become a cult classic. Thanks to Netflix, the movie has been given a prequel series in the form of Age of Resistance. Not only has it been a hit with fans of the original film, but it's also proving to be a hit for a whole new generation.

The series follows a group of Gelflings as they discover a dark secret about their so-called lords and set off on an adventure to save their planet Thra from destruction. Featuring an all-star voice, its metaphorical storyline tacks issues such as race, class, the environment, and is a marvel to watch. But the way it deals with its LGBTQ+ characters is more than noteworthy.

One of the main characters, Deet lives with several male Gelflings that she later reveals to be her "two fathers and a younger brother." What is so remarkable about the reveal is how unremarkable and ordinary she makes it sound. 

Deet's same-sex parenting isn't used as a plot device but simply a subtle nod to the diversity that can be seen in families today. The Dark Crystal official Twitter account also confirmed the news.

However, it's not just same-sex parenting that is featured in the series. In much the same way it deals with Deet's parents, according to  EW and BuzzFeed the characters Onica and Tavra, voiced by Natalie Dormer and Caitriona Balfe are also in a lesbian relationship.

I don't know about you, but I think it's refreshing to see LGBTQ+ representation in a series, where their sexuality and gender isn't used as a plot device but simply to show that they can be normal everyday characters as well.

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