‘The Rings of Power’ full Review

The first season of The Rings of Power — the prequel to The Lord of the Rings set thousands of years ago — is over, and it’s truly a whirlwind of news

If you’re a big fan of Tolkien or Peter Jackson, there’s plenty to unlock from artists JD Payne and Patrick McKay.

This excessive exposition is unfortunately the series’ biggest curse, as almost everyone gets a subplot—without adding anything more interesting. What we get is a hyperlinked story with five overlapping songs that function more as distractions from each other than as part of a cohesive whole.

Take, for example, the story of Arondir (Ismael Cruz Cordova), Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) and Theo, which reaches a climax when Theo begins to thirst for the power of the mysterious hand, but is interrupted at this moment by the saccharine exchange between ‘ The Harfoots. These personal stories also take forever to come together, and for a couple of episodes, you’re even left in the dark about the timing.

Less important parts take up a lot more screen time, while important developments are explained away with rushed sound effects. Watching Adar clash with Sauron must have been every Tolkien fan’s dream, but we only get a fleeting mention. Even the finale doesn’t really dive into the equation between Celebrimber and Halbrand The big problems come in the form of the unexpected deaths of some of the main characters. And yet, these deaths don’t really hit hard, and part of the reason is our knowledge that some of them are still present in the events of The Lord of the Rings . Another attempt at shock feels a bit obvious—like a decent character turning bad after a couple of episodes.

The main thing to talk about since the show is in development is the scale of the production. This is said to be one of the most expensive things done—and it shows. Rings of Power is pretty spectacular. Typographical mistakes are one of the reasons why you should not be blinded Memorable scenes include Galadriel’s journey home, the chaos after a volcanic eruption, and a clash between elves and Belrog in shining armor. We were able to catch a few clips as part of a screening of some journalist selections, which makes me wonder how much better the film could have been if not for the limitations of the small screen. But composer Bear McCreary helps distract us from it with a clever score that does its best to spice up the uneasy story.

This is the first time in five seasons, and it’s generally a catastrophic underachievement of all the promises. The story isn’t even about the ring if one looks beyond that last casual step. You know there’s a problem with writing where Easter eggs don’t bring joy. For example, the reference to Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee’s friendship angle, and that classic line, “When in doubt, always follow your nose!” Failing to leave any significant impression.

It takes forever to develop This first season of The Rings of Power had me longing for that Dark Crystal Palantir, where I could watch future seasons to see if they would improve Lord of the Rings fans deserve more.

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