Tuesday, April 20, 2010
When single shines the triple sun,
What was sundered and undone
Shall be whole, the two made one,
By Gelfling hand, or else by none.
The Skeksis and the Mystics the two opposing races in this film represent the dark and light or negative and positive aspects of balance. The two races were at one point in the film one race but because of the source of their life (the crystal of truth) being cracked and shard (the dark crystal) the balance was broken and for the next thousand years they live as separate races but still connected. Geared towards kids in the 1982 movie we are given the themes of prophecy,soulmates, astrology Shamanism, Wicca, crystal healing, psychics, shapeshiting,vampirism and astral communication.
The heroes of the story are a couple of Gelflings who have to follow an astrological path to find the missing piece of the crystal and heal it as well as the creatures. The fact that they look alot like Satyrs (the male Gelfling even plays the flute) and must "interlock the shard" is subtle but not missed.
Sidenote: the characters of the Skeksis were the main model used in the tv show Farscape for the a race called the Halosians.