Yeah I'm not gonna stop watching or anything but it all felt drearily predictable to me, I think I agree with your argument earlier of the pacing. Galadriel has become less a character and more an unstoppable force of forward momentum. But sure we'll see, I'll be watching it all no matter what.I thought it was great, the Orcs are properly scary and that chase through the woods felt so tense. The scenes with the Dwarves are just magnificent, the bit with Durin and his dad Durin was played beautifully. Elrond is growing on me too.
Unfortunately, by this stage it has become clear that the showrunners and their streaming paymasters have made the same terrible mistake. In setting out to replicate successful predecessors (Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and HBO’s eight-season Game of Thrones series), they chose the wrong damn heroes. In both cases, after surveying the expansive universes created by Martin and Tolkien, they decided to focus on the posh blonde people. With House of the Dragon, that meant the Targaryen dynasty. In The Rings of Power it was the elves. With that, their doom was sealed.
It’s not hard to see how this could have happened with The Rings of Power, the first billion-dollar production to be based on a book’s appendix (the only-for-true-nerds bits tacked on to the end of LOTR). Tolkien, an arch-conservative who was in the news again this week when putative far-right Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni was revealed as a lifelong fan, was at his worst in these portentous, cod-medieval passages. It should not be a great shock that the unreadable has turned out to be undramatisable.
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