Amazon Prime released the first two episodes of the much anticipated most expensive TV show ever, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Reviews are starting to pour in… some great, some bad, and some troll jobs. As someone who is a bigger-than-average Lord of the Rings fan, I have been excited about the series and came in with high expectations, and to say the least they have been meeting my standards.
The Rings of Power takes place thousands of years prior to Frodo and our MVP Samwise and their adventure to destroy the ring. Morgoth has been defeated and his second in command, the infamous Sauron, is stealthily on the rise. Middle-Earth is currently at peace and with the Amazon budget, Middle-Earth looks gorgeous. Say what you want about the show, but it is going to be hard to find someone to criticize the visual effects and the character’s wardrobe.
Even if you are new to the franchise, the show seems to be made for casual and not-so-casual fans alike. The dialogue may seem a little dry and boring at times, but to me, it feels designed that way to keep it simple. And visually appealing maps that mark transitions of the story make it easy to follow and understand the vast fantasy world that includes humans, dwarves, elves, and hobbits. For those that are not too familiar with the series and history of Middle-Earth, I encourage you to utilize your Amazon Prime membership and watch the upcoming drama and tragedies the characters will face.