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Fridge Brilliance

  • In a blink or miss it moment, Naia exclaims that she is the eldest daughter of Maudra Laesid, who, likely due to finding out her son was nearly drained of his essence, joins Maudra Fara in refusing to crown Seladon as the new All-Maudra.
  • Onica being protective of Brea when she's meeting with Cadia is not because she's a Vapran princess, but she's the little sister of Tavra, her girlfriend.
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  • SkekGra the Heretic wears light clothes and urGoh the Wanderer has dark skin. What better way to show that Skeksis and urRu are part of each other, down to blurring the visual lines of light and dark?
  • The Heretic and the Hunter are both in much better shape than their fellow Skeksis (the Hunter especially), this is because they both live away from the self-destructive hedonistic lifestyle and corruptive crystal draining of their peers.
  • Aghra warns that if Stone-in-the-Wood falls, "Great Sacrifices will have to be made." Come two episodes later, Aghra comes to make a deal with the Skeksis, her life to save the Hunters', in exchange for the imprisoned Gelfling to go free. She was the Great Sacrifice. Lucky for her, it all works out for her in the end.
  • SkekTek is the Scientist and is good with technology. His name is SkekTek. It almost seems like an intentional pun (tek = tech).
  • To the audience watching the show, the Skeksis do seem Obviously Evil: They are a humanoid chimera of vultures and rats, indulge in Jabba Table Manners, and are overall not too pleasant to work with. So why do the Gelflings and Aughra trust them so much? Because on Thra, everything is ugly to a degree and looks can be deceiving. Much of the wildlife is not what the general audience member would deem "cute", Aughra looks scary herself and even the Gelfling, despite being the equivalent of Elves, are not as pretty as Elves are usually portrayed. More so, other races, such as Podlings, are dirty, rambunctious, and at the best of times are viewed as nuisances by Gelflings. Meaning, the Skeksis overall behaviors and looks are no more different than other Thra races. Just because the Skeksis look evil to us doesn't mean they look evil to Thra natives.
  • The use of the Trials, of which two have been seen so far, being Trial by Stone and Trial by Air. In a possible more traditional fantasy setting, a trial would be a trial to the death or at least a 1v1 fighting match, to whoever yields first. Based on what was seen with by Stone and implied with by Air, however, it is more a display of strength and ability. This makes sense for two reasons. The first, while death is natural killing is not and no one, especially Gelfling, would want to willingly or accidentally kill another. They would rather show off their abilities to show they are capable. The other reason, more so on the Skeksis side, is that they are afraid of death. So of course the trial would not be to the death either, because none of them want to be killed. They would also rather show off their abilities to each other to prove how strong they are. It is also hinted the Skeksis may have implemented these trials for the reason of avoiding killing one another and passed it to the Gelfling, who adopted the concept for their own.
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  • Skektek throwing the Gruenak down the shaft mirrors his own death in the film.
  • The Skeksis stripping Seladon is both karmic and horrifying as it is. It also mirrors their treatment of the Chamberlain in the film as their banishment rite, pretty much spelling out that they reject her and her Skeksis-wearing antics.
  • When The Collector declares "This face was beautiful once, but then came knowledge", it initially seems to be Blatant Lies. But when one considers that the Skeksis used to be Ur Skeks (or rather, they used to be half of them, existing as combined beings with the Mystics), it becomes possible that The Collector wasn't lying. It may also count as Foreshadowing. The "knowledge" in question may be a reference to the previous Grand Conjunction that split the Ur Skeks into the Skeksis and The Mystics, and the fact that, by becoming two beings, the positive and negative aspects of the Ur Skeks are now laid bare and out in the open.
  • It may seem odd that the Skeksis would constantly belittle skekTek despite him being responsible for extending their lives for so long—but considering the nature of the Skeksis, it's likely that they fear that if the Scientist were to realize his importance, then he would use it as leverage against them. Their constant mockery is meant to undermine his self-esteem and keep him subservient.
  • As Deet tries to absorb the Darkening, the other Skesis are cheering and jeering, thinking Deet's just being suicidal in trying to protect her friends. However, the one Skesis who's not acting this way is the Emperor. Since he has first hand experience with the Darkening, he was probably surprised and later terrified to find that Deet can reign in that dark power and use the Darkening for her own benefit.
  • SkekTek's beloved bird, Sidetic, is kept in a rather small cage, but it's never locked. He, like his owner, could easily leave a situation that's growing more traumatic for them by the day, but neither of them ever do.

Fridge Horror

  • When skekLach and skekVar are killed, two unseen Mystics (urSen the Monk and urMa the Peacekeeper, respectively) also die somewhere off screen. The fact that Deet kills skekLach in spite of being one of the few people who know about the Skeksis/Mystic life link means that she understands the consequences of her actions afterwards.
  • The Scientist reacting violently to the Gurenak slaves shoving a basket over his head wasn't out of increased anger at their mutiny. It hit a Trauma Button for him, likely triggering the memory of the headgear the Skesis used on him for the peeper beetle.

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