“I can confirm that The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and we’re only two episodes in!”
When Amazon announced that it had bought the rights to Tolkien’s work and was creating a show based on the Second Age I was…apprehensive. The Lord of the Rings is my favorite trilogy of all time, and The Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite film. It’s a story/world that I don’t take lightly and with so many companies adapting stories or creating reboots this felt like just another cheap attempt at garnering subscribers.
And then, the hard work began with J.D Payne and Patrick McKay creating a story that would not only give Prime Video an undoubted boost in subscribers but would become something that could stand alongside The Lord of the Rings‘ greatness. After years of teases and vague hints at what we could expect I have finally seen the two-episode premiere. And it is as grand as I could’ve ever hoped for.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
The Lord of the Rings is a great trilogy because it is not forced to conform to a short runtime to tell a properly complex and incredible story. Each movie is at least three hours long because these stories are dense and packed with characters. The Rings of Power is following this format by letting each episode gradually get us more and more invested in the characters, their stories, and the believable threat they face.
I found myself at first studying every small detail, waiting for a slip-up in the dialogue or the story. But as the first episode continued I got more and more relaxed until, by the end, I was wide-eyed with awe. The Rings of Power is not just enjoyable because it is the most beautiful show I have ever watched. It’s incredible because the performances are impeccable. The writing feels like Tolkien’s work but it never gets too fancy for comfort, and the awesome distinction between each race is so palpable, all the way down to the very visual tones presented onscreen.
The first episode does a great job of teaching the audience that this is, in fact, different age of Middle-Earth. There are new cities to explore, new regions to discover, and new people and creatures to meet. It delivers just the right amount of exposition without ever feeling too boring.
With all of that out of the way, the second episode is where the true story begins. And boy is it riveting. I’ve never been more saddened by the idea that an episode was about to end because honestly, I wanted to watch at least two more episodes. As someone who has loved Middle-Earth since I was a child, being back in this world was not only enjoyable but magical. There were so many instances where I had chills coursing up and down my spine because it was honestly that awe-inspiring.
I have a lot of theories about what to expect in the coming episodes, specifically with Halbrand and The Stranger. But for now, I can confirm that this show is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and we’re only two episodes in.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power is streaming on Prime Video now with new episodes released weekly.
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Hello everyone. My name is Annlyel James. I’m a young woman who loves movies of all genres (specifically ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies.) I am also a Senior Correspondent for The Future of the Force.