“1982 also spawned other babies in the form of films”
The panel of peril outrun some weird crab beetles, wade through a thick bog, and dive over a fiery precipice… to their couch to watch this week’s film, the first of season 4, The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982).
Jen (Jim Henson/Stephen Garlick) is the only creature of his kind, a Gelfling. Not only that, but he is the hero prophesied to restore the dark crystal, thus ending the despotic reign of the evil Skeksis over the planet Thra. Meeting allies Aughra (Frank Oz/Billie Whitelaw) and Kira (Kathryn Mullen/Lisa Maxwell) along the way, will Jen succeed in his mission before the fateful conjunction of planets?
Unfortunately for Jen and the gang, the crystal has shown the Skeksis exactly what is afoot. They send out minions and roadblocks to foil them at every turn to secure their seat of power for all eternity. Will this be the latest episode where the bad guys win? Only one way to find out!
Just what did the panel think of this week’s movie, pray tell? How can they improve upon the villain’s masterplan? And who will be christened this week’s most diabolical?