Posted on February 19, 2011
Trial by Stone: A Scene from The Dark Crystal
For me there are certain words that trigger an immediate recall of scenes from movies, television, song lyrics, etc. It is some warped version of free association my mind does throughout the day. For example, whenever I hear the word “trial,” which my alter ego hears on a daily basis given his line of work, I then hear a replay of the scene shown below. “We would like a trial,” says opposing counsel, and then cue my inside voices, “Trial by stone…Trial by stone.” Every time. You see what pop culture has done to me.
I can’t help it. The Dark Crystal is one of my all time favorite movies. It is one of the first movies I remember seeing in the theater when I was a kid, and I loved every minute of it. Back in the day, I could recite for you the entire script, and I would even re-enact the adventure with my toys. And to this day, I still think it is a great work of art and new mythology. Much more impressive than the CGI ridden movies of today. I can’t wait to share it with my kids.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen the movie, the scene probably looks a little freaky, but in the context of the rest of the movie, it is really good. A little background: there are the Mystics, who are the good guys, and the Skeksis, as shown below, who are the bad guys. The Skeksis (awesome name for a band by the way) are ruthless, selfish, arrogant, brutal, evil beings. They are contrasted by the Mystics who are a gentle race and live in peace. Some may argue they are like opposing political parties…I’ll let you pick which one is which. Anyway, the Skeksis leader dies and they have to pick a new one, and rather than put it to a vote, they decide to have a “Trial by Stone!” Observe:
Extra bonus clip. I can’t end a post about The Dark Crystal without Fizzgig. Here you go: