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'The Dark Crystal' and 'Carnival Row' fantasy series never take off

Aug 29, 2019 - CNN

(CNN) -- Netflix and Amazon both drop major fantasy projects with winged creatures heading into the Labor Day weekend: "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," a 10-part prequel to Jim Henson and Frank Oz's 1982 movie; and "Carnival Row," starring Orlando Bloom. Each lands with a dull thud for different reasons, and one shared one -- namely, feeling derivative beyond redemption.

First, a disclaimer: Henson's genius notwithstanding, "The Dark Crystal" was a visually interesting, technically...