I started watching this miniseries on Netflix, which is the prequel to the movie DARK CRYSTAL (1982). I am two episodes in and it is very well done, still using the old school puppetry but this time around making use of CGI backgrounds and special effects which in my opinion is the perfect mix -- practical effects up front, CGI in support. It makes me reminisce about how much Jim Henson and the muppets were a part of my life and all throughout pop culture back then. In the 70's I watched Sesame Street with Kermit the Frog, and then watched the MUPPET SHOW variety show, and oddly enough right around the time I was really getting into fantasy Jim Henson came out with his fantasy project, DARK CRYSTAL. It was never one of my favorite movies, but I always admired the world-building, the artistry and effort. I forgot how brutal it was, and even though it was all muppet violence somehow it was unnerving -- and that is carried through to this new miniseries as well.