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"The Soldier and Death," "Fearnot," "The Luck Child," "A Story Short," "Hans My Hedgehog," "The Three Ravens," "Sapsorrow," "The Heartless Giant," "The True Bride"
by Walter Chaw For the span of nine delirious, enchanted episodes, "The Storyteller", Jim Henson's too-brief foray into mature anthology fantasy television, is gorgeous for its faithfulness to its mythic source material. Although the show's longevity was certainly not helped by Henson's hard-to-shake reputation as the benevolent primogenitor of "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show", looking closer at Henson's twin, sterling blue masterpieces The Muppet Movie (which he didn't direct but definitely spearheaded) and The Dark Crystal reveals an artist steeped in a tradition of stung, existential melancholy. It's easy to laugh at Kermit's swamp lament or to dismiss, albeit less easily, the heroism of a soon-to-be extinct species desperate to save a dying world that has all but snuffed them out, but from a perspective of legacy, it's unwise to file Henson under "kid's stuff" and leave well enough alone.