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Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge Episode 2: Return of the Skeksis

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by Phillip, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Watch the second episode of Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge "Return of the Skeksis" on SyFy Tuesday night at 10 pm eastern, 9 pm central and let us know your thoughts.

    In this episode, the creature designers must re-imagine a Skeksis, the main villains of the Henson classic "The Dark Crystal" from 1982.


    If you saw this episode, please "like" this post and share your thoughts below.
  2. SpookyMania

    SpookyMania Well-Known Member

    I thought it was a great episode! All the designers really had some great ideas, and they all really looked like Skeksis. Even though it's only been two episodes so far, I'm very much enjoying this show. It's fantastic to see all the different creative processes joining together.

    And I had an inkling from the beginning of the episode that Tina was going to get voted off. But I did love everyone's collective gasp at pairing her up with Russ again.
    SkeetScootSquat likes this.
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    It's great watching the Creature Shop Challenge episodes after Faceoff. There's lot of fodder between the two of them for a creature/character lover like myself.

    SkekTarro, conceptually, as a vulture, was the one that reminded me of what Skekses were originally intended to be designwise from what I've read about The Dark Crystal from trusted sources like the Muppet Wiki. It's a shame they didn't make him more of a desert-dweller or a menacing buzzard/vulture hybrid.

    SkekGeth was the one I didn't fully understand conceptually, but that's mostly because of me trying to interpret the verbal descript in my mind's eye given my blind batty eyes. But I like the fact they gave him a backstory as the Skeksis with a title: "Holder of the Orb", it enhances the idea of his connection to ice crystals and the Dark Crystal itself even more.

    SkekSeth, as the decaying naturalist, a half mummified half-dryad skeletal figure was probably my fave out of the three. There was a connection there between the concept and the environment landscape that came together perfectly for me. I'm not as bothered by the neck ruffles he had as Brian was though, in my opinion it adds to his costume an air of mastership over what little power he has left.

    Looking forward to next week's episode which makes me think they'll be scavenging around in the Junk Lady's pocket dominion of the Labyrinth.
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  4. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I know next to nothing about the Dark Crystal. I keep trying to watch it, but I can't bring myself around to it. I gotta see it now, because of this. Anyway, this episode was pretty good. Great to see Victor this time.
    SkeetScootSquat likes this.
  5. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I have to say I'm really enjoying this show so far. So impressive to see all these talented people turnout these creatures within such a short time span! I was never a big fan of Dark Crystal, but I do think the characters and technology is amazing and it was really cool to see them recreate the Skeksis.
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  6. SkeetScootSquat

    SkeetScootSquat Well-Known Member

    me too.I'm not too crazy about Henson Worlds in particular lately. Probably cause of the MWM buzz.
  7. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Did you say Skeksis? ;)
    Unfortunately I cant watch the show where I live :-(
    Can I see it online somewhere?
  8. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    They should make a Chamberlain collectible prop head. He is still amazing:

  9. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Ok, finally saw it! Loved it! It was fantastic to see some of the real props!
    Wish they would do some prop collectibles ... such fantastic stuff!

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