December 1, 2022
Lord Of The Rings The Rings Of Power Episode 1x05 Review

The Rings of Power delivers an amazing episode, its best yet. This series undoubtedly gets better every week!”

After last week’s amazing episode and with only three episodes left, where is The Rings of Power heading to now?

THE HARFOOTS

Since the beginning, I have always been bored by the Harfoots storyline. The only part that interested me with them is The Stranger. Because of who he might be. However, I can say that this is the first episode in which I actually like their storyline. I guess a song does make the difference. ‘This Wandering Day’ feels true to Middle Earth tradition. The sequence using the song is perfectly edited. Plus, if you pay attention to the lyrics, this pretty much represents what this episode is all about. As I am writing this review, I am listening to this song. It is quite inspiring.

Although, this episode doesn’t reveal who is The Stranger, we get to see more of what he is capable of. I am not necessarily saying it is Gandalf, I think it could also be Saruman or Radagast. But for me, one thing is certain after this episode, The Stranger is an Istari. It would make sense for the story and for the timeline.

The mysterious hooded character from the trailer finally makes her debut. It is way too cryptic to figure anything about who she is. Though, this definitely screams villain vibe.

TROUBLES RISING

This episode definitely feels like the turning point of the season. Indeed, everything is all coming into place. We get to spend time with each storyline. A lot is actually happening. On the Southland side, it is a moment of decision for Men, whether they will decide to stand against the Orcs and repeat past mistakes. I have said it before but I will say it again, I love Arondir and Bronwyn, they are really interesting characters.

As for the elves, we finally know the motive their alliance with the dwarves. It is darker than I expected and it tests characters relationships. This reveal comes with rich lore about Mithril, which is obviously exciting!

TO MIDDLE EARTH

Númenór’s preparations for a trip to Middle Earth is not without obstacles and doubts. In fact, not every Númenórean agree with Queen Regent Míriel’s decision. Some act recklessly while others plot in secret. All of this further foreshadows Númenór’s impending doom. Moreover, Galadriel and Halbrand share what I would call the most emotional scene of the series. It is an open heart scene between the two characters who share their feelings about what they do what they do.

Finally, this episode features the scene from the trailers of Galadriel getting into the Númenórean ship. And, I couldn’t think of a more perfect scene in this series. The way Galadriel is filmed, her theme, the visuals, everything is on point.

VERDICT

The Rings of Power delivers an amazing episode, its best yet. This series undoubtedly gets better every week!

“The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power” is now streaming on Prime Video.

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1 thought on “Thomas’ Review | The Lord of the Rings: The Rings Of Power (1×05)

  1. I’m really enjoying the show too. My one complaint is that Galadriel’s hair is ALWAYS perfect! I know she’s an elf, but why do fantasy and sci-fi shows always have women with long hair fighting with it down and loose? She fights a group of men and it’s never in her face or tangled and unkempt at the end. I’ve had long hair my whole life, it’s so unrealistic. That being said, I’ve wanted to cosplay as Galadriel for like 20 years.

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