We’re halfway through the season and there’s a lot more story to be seen but I can say this for certain. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power truly feels like The Silmarillion brought to life.
We’re four episodes in and it’s very clear that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will not be for everyone. It’s slowly paced, and each scene seems more dramatic than the last. But there’s a confidence in its earnestness that commands your attention. I, for one, am completely taken by this show which feels like an epic novel in slow-motion.
The beginning of the episode is an exciting one as it reveals a haunting look at the fate of the Numenoreans in eye-widening splendor. From there, the episode only gets better and better and better.
This is not a story filled with action scenes. Nor is it a story that chooses to move quickly. Every scene is powerful and drawn out, with exceptional performances by the actors who utter each sentence like actors in a play. I was particularly moved by the scenes featuring Elrond and Durin, with Elrond potentially becoming my favorite character in the series after this episode. Their bond feels so real that you can’t but smile when they interact with one another. It’s not easy to find actors with the type of chemistry that allows one to believe they could’ve been friends for fifty years. But Robert Aramayo and Owain Arthur have that in abundance.
Tar-Miriel and Galadriel’s scenes were also some of the best in this episode. In The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, we never had female characters interact with one another. But this show has. Seeing these two powerful women fighting for what they believe in via conversation-sparring was utterly fascinating. I can’t wait to see how their story continues moving forward.
There was one particular scene in this episode that was absolutely gorgeous thanks to its visual storytelling. If you’re wondering what scene I’m talking about I’ll give you a hint. It involves the sun. It was a stunning moment. And undoubtedly one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in all of The Lord of the Rings.
All in all, we’re halfway through the season and there’s a lot more story to be seen. But I can say this for certain. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power truly feels like The Silmarillion brought to life. J.R.R Tolkien’s powerful storytelling and his understanding of love, human nature, and the unwavering fight between good and evil feel so present in this show that I can’t help but applaud J.D Payne and Patrick McKay’s effort.
They have created something that, if its five seasons are completed, will stand the test of time as one of the most powerful forays into fantasy ever brought to life. And that alone is an achievement worth celebrating.
“The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power” is now streaming on Prime Video.
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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.