Rings of Power Season 1 Review – How to burn a billion dollars
The project has a budget of 1 billion. being pumped into the project by Amazon Studios, Rings of Power is arguably the most expensive TV show ever developed. When the news broke to the general public, many viewed the project with equal levels of optimism, fear, and trepidation.
The advertising campaign to promote Rings of Power has easily been among the most tone-defying and unremarkable in recent memory. Millions of people have reacted negatively to YouTube videos, a variety of styles of ads, a disastrous “superfan” event, and more. In a note of disclaimer, we’ve waited to publish our review so that we can evaluate the show in its entirety of it… And it’s got several serious issues.
I’m sure it’s an extensive introduction, however, it’s necessary to comprehend the importance of the series’s success. The folks working at Amazon have already declared this”the “make or break” for Prime Video, with those responsible for the service having to knock this one with a bang in order to ensure that their service is running. Based on the 8 episodes that comprise this season’s first, this one is more like a break than it is to make.
The story is set thousands of years prior to what transpired in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and ‘Lord Of The Rings The Rings of Power is set during The Second Age, with a variety of characters who aren’t from the traditional lore, and repurposed elements from Jackson’s trilogy and all while weaving together various stories that have no connection and condensing an approximate 3441-year timeline.
The main character in this story is Galadriel After an introduction and a brief introduction, we are thrown into the world. After the defeat of Morgoth, Sauron has taken over the orc army but has now gone underground. Galadriel has the plan to locate him and embarks on an adventure to eliminate Sauron, the Dark Lord. This quest takes her to Numenor and she convinces Queen Miriel that she should join her in the fight against their common foe.
The second storyline is about the Harfoots who are a race pre-Hobbit who move from place to spot and attempt to avoid danger. When the man falls out of the sky due to the form of a meteorite Nori decides to take the man in and help him stay from getting into trouble.
Then, we have Arondir an elf deeply in love with Bronwyn who is a healer, and single mother to the rebellious teenage son Theo. She is also the official leader of the people of the Southlands and is able to rally the Southlands to fight off the rogue orcs that are threatening to invade.
This fourth tale follows a young Elrond as well as a number of Elves who are in partnership with Durin as well as other dwarfs one of whom has discovered something in these mines, which could alter their fortunes for the better.
Many episodes run over one hour long, and the slow pace of this show can be sometimes painful, to say the least. Gorgeous visuals and impressive establishing shots will only get you so far however the real story beats, the narrative, and the logic are absent from this show.
A quick disclaimer: I’m a big lover of Lord of the Rings but it’s been quite a while since I’ve read the books and I have only an understanding of The Silmarillion as well as the annexes. I am aware that lore shifts occur, but the manner in which Rings of Power handles that and the legacy of Tolkien is similar to handing a child shotgun.
In one of his letters, Tolkien writes that he “cordially dislikes allegory in all its manifestations” So, when we hear about a person who is xenophobic in Numenor and concerned that elves are “taking all their jobs” this is clearly a reflection of the current state of affairs in different parts of the world. It also contradicts those who claim they’re honoring Tolkien.
However, beyond that, the story isn’t the best. The total absence of logic and narrative structure is a blunder. I’ve already mentioned the pacing, but even simple things such as characters moving from a point between A and B are overlooked.
A fantasy world might have wonderful creatures and beings, however, it must adhere to the established rules that it establishes for itself from the beginning. For a similar example on TV In seasons 3, 4, and 5 of Game of Thrones, half of the time is comprised of The Hound along with Arya traveling across vast expanses of rolling hills. We are able to feel the vastness of the earth and the grandeur of Westeros. In the seventh season, however, the characters can teleport within seconds. Rings of Power takes this similar illogical notion of time and cranks it up to 11.
In one episode that aired, the Harfoots embark on one of their migrations, and even the writers don’t know what the duration of this will be in light of their own remarks on that episode. We’re also informed that it will take “2 days” for 3 ships to arrive at the shore… And six hours later, there are thousands of people and women taking horses across the vastness toward a battlefield.
These kinds of sloppy slips aren’t just a bit annoying to watch, they totally remove you from the present and destroy any sense of reality and sense of immersion. This is astonishing for a billion-dollar project.
Character development has been virtually absent from large portions of this series, and the show is presented in a way that is questioned. This show exhibits a strange tendency to rely upon mystery boxes to explain things that aren’t actually mysterious. Are Isildur and the man destined to cut off the ring Sauron’s hand, die? We’ll need to wait to learn!
However, even with all this, the show has a terrible way of handling dialogue. Characters repeat their information repeatedly or slip into grandiose, insignificant phrases which are hilarious for the manner in which they’re delivered. The first time, Arondir is warned not to dive into a hole because he isn’t sure of the depths, and when he responds, he says “that is why I must go.” I could sit here for hours talking about instances of this kind of dialogue but suffice it to say that it doesn’t help the series.
When it comes to characters, Galadriel in particular has been regarded as one of the least-liked protagonists of the current film at least over the past decade. She’s rude, arrogant, unforgiving, and self-centered as well as smug throughout most interactions. She has a large smirk on her face and exhibits all the traits that you would expect from a great “Mary Sue” character. The other characters vary from being boringly dull to displaying hints of promise (mostly Disa, Elrond, and Durin) but, in the end, the entire collection is an enormous, glossy empty space of…nothing.
It’s not a show that shows depth, splendor, or richness in lore. Instead, what we’re presented with is a hollow husk an animated show that plays the role of a puppeteer in Tolkien’s world, but lacks the heart, logic, and reason with narrative errors all the way through the production. With the creators of the show promising significant changes with season two, it appears they’re well aware of the problems in this.
The question of whether people will return to this show in a hurry is debated, however, based on this performance, Rings of Power is not only one of the worst shows of the year. it’s also among the worst produced and written. The glossy visuals can only take you so far, and Rings of Power has done very little to convince people that its script will be better next time. What a disappointment.
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