Which is me… but I’m not a kid anymore.
It is a little bit the ‘star wars prequel’ problem:
the originals were (mostly) for kids, but those kids are now adults. If you make a prequel for adults, then it’s going to be very mismatched to the original. If you make something aimed at the same age group as the original was, it’s going to be too childish for original fans.
The show is darker and more complex than the original movie, which was already pretty dark for a kids movie (if very simple in terms of plot)… but it’s also pretty simple in terms of an adult tv show.
On the one hand you have bugs that eat eyes and slaves beaten to death… on the other hand the battles are bloodless and the relationships are very ‘embarrassed teen doesn’t want to admit feelings’.
The politics of the Gelflings start out as somewhat nuanced and complex, but pretty quickly end up simplified into good and evil.
Given the end point they have to hit for the movie, it’s going to have to go pretty dark (like the star wars prequels again) but it’s also going to have to end up pretty simplified into good vs evil.
I wonder if we are going to go into the forbidden territory of severed puppet limbs and puppet sex?