This is a Frank Oz and Jim Henson creation--in other words the characters are all puppets. There are some very elaborate puppets. The tell the story of a world that has been torn apart for 1000 years There is now a chance to put the world back together, as the three suns of the planet align. The Dark Crystal shattered, and a shard is still missing. If this shard can be restored, then everything will go back to how it was before.
The UrSkek have been divided into urRu and the Skeksis. The Skeksis took over the palace and the leadership. At first they rule in peace, but as they face their mortality the begin a violent reign, kidnapping the local populations and draining them of the essence, which they use to prolong their mortality. This also makes the locals compliant and willing slaves.
One of the locals, a Gefling is to restore the shard, and restore the UrSkek. The Skeksis fight against this day, but a Gefling has been trained for this task by the urRu. He is sent on his quest, to find the shard and bring things back in order.
At times the puppets work beautifully; but at others they are a bit stiff and a bit contrived. However they are able to tell their story.
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