The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Review - Charming But Viewer's Passion Is Not Expected
The first four episodes of The Rings of Power Season 1 are waiting for you!
Two decades ago, Peter Jackson's first The Lord of The Rings hit theaters all around the globe. Billions of fans of the LOTR series (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 & The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 & The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003) binge-watch 'The Lord of The Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies back-to-back. Meanwhile, J.R.R Tolkien's original works climb to the best-seller list for a long while. Nearly half of the American TV show market has been packed with funny comedies since ten years ago. What is even worse is that some watchable and enjoyable fantasy TV series on similar themes to LOTR like House of The Dragon and more are also competitive works in the television shows market.
Setting in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events that took place in The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 & The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 & The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014), The Rings of The power tells a story full of ups and downs about humankind, dwarves, elves, and many other races living in the Middle-Earth during the Second Age.
An ensemble cast of new characters is introduced
Not too many familiar faces in this new show.
The Harfoots are new roles in this new series. Even as the ancestor of the Hobbits, there's not too much description about them in Tolkien's canon. Only in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring, Harfoots is written a few times. LOTR fans will discover many pictures that portray the life of the Harfoot.
The human-elve love relationship between Arwen and Aragon consists of the major part of the LOTR trilogy. This time, The Rings of the Power will bring you another young lover, Arondir and Bronwyn. One mortal, one immortal. Will they embrace another different end but not a tragedy?
A complex mixture of more than one original book
Big changes are made in this epic series. Not only the characters but the content of the story changes. Following the condensed timeline in Appendix B, The Rings of The Power are full filled with traces of plots from other appendices of LOTR and more. Silmarillion, one of the fantasy novels of Tolkien is one of the references in this adapted TV series. Many scenes telling Middle-earth's creation and some events of the First age come from this book.
Eye-popping cinematography budgeted for large expenses
To boost LOTR fans' engagement, the director uses a similar design to the LOTR films. He gets what he wants. World fans are deeply delved into the gorgeous graphics and familiar art design. A large volume of positive comments coming from viewers after watching the first four episodes have been typed in the comment of major TV shows websites like Amazon and many more. However, the audience seems not as excited as the director imagined. Its middle-age art design on costumes and production does not bring too much visual impact to its audiences.
A watchable television show but not as good as the expectation
It seems that the wish of the director to show the audience another world-shaking work is going to be fallen. But perhaps this new series will embrace higher viewing rates in the latter four episodes? Expect there will be more highlights in the rest four episodes in The Rings of The Power Season 1.
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