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The creature designers are given the chance to reimagine the fictional species Skeksis from "The Dark Crystal." Later, their characters appear in a screen test for the original 1982 film.

Episode Title: Return Of The Skeksis
Airs: 2014-04-1 at 09:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    We ultimately get to spend time with Henson's judges hashing it out. That brings insight into what makes things work, into creature logic, proportions, movement, performance facilitation, and letting the creation "emote through its environment." We don't just watch art being made, we come to understand the process.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    What Creature Shop may lack in originality it makes up for in creative energy, with the contestants further challenged in mentoring sessions by being made to focus on having the full-body costumes be fully functional for the skilled Henson puppeteers within.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Creature Shop Challenge is about doing the most in the least amount of time, and while there’s some impressive work on display in the premiere, the impulse to keep watching comes from the sense that the best, most stunning creatures are yet to come.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The first episode is pretty much just as entertaining as "Face Off" or "Project Runway" or similar creative endeavor shows.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Because the contestants are also paired into teams, we get the sometime fractious reality-show dynamics of forced alliances. Based on this show, however, there don’t seem to be many truly obnoxious people whose dream is to design cool monsters.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Though Creature Shop's competition approach might be tiresomely formulaic (all stemming from the Project Runway idea tree), the bottom line is it's still a series that promotes creativity.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Creature Shop Challenge is inviting enough to merit another look. Not for its pro forma adherence to the “reality competition” handbook but for whatever creative hoops await its very eager group of contestants.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    In this digital age, it’s nice to see the Muppet-maker still hiring, but there’s simply nothing special enough about this Challenge to warrant another show the next time there’s an opening; better instead to go through plain old human-resource channels.

    Variety Full Review

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