Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power

nivek

As Above So Below
Amazon is holding back reviews on their site for 72 hours, they claim to be reviewing the reviews to weed out what they say are possible review bombs and trolls...

This is a lie in my opinion, to watch this show on Amazon Prime one must become a paying member providing name, phone number, physical address, and credit card to Amazon...So they have all the information for anyone who leaves reviews, no random person can post a review on Amazon Prime, so no trolls...They lie, what seem more likely is they are deleting some of the negative reviews to make the show appear to have more positive reviews than its really getting...

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Standingstones

Celestial
I have noticed that if you are a Amazon Prime member you can now view “The Lord of the Rings.” I don’t know if this is a special thing to go along with the “Rings of Power” or not. I have not seen LOTR in some years so I figure now is a good time to view them.
 

nivek

As Above So Below
This article comes from Forbes which hurts worse for Amazon...Also, Amazon deleted 1000s of negative reviews which is also very telling...

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‘The Rings Of Power’ Has Inexplicably Terrible Writing - Forbes

I’ve come to a sad realization: The creators of Amazon’s The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power know how to create spectacle, but they don’t know how to tell a good story.

Unfortunately, The Rings Of Power is written so poorly it defies even my worst fears. Oh yes, I was awed and impressed by the opening two episodes just like many others. But my how quickly a badly written TV series can wear out its welcome once the shimmer fades.

There it is, scrawled in blood on the wall. The writers and showrunners responsible for this show could have won me over with good fan-fiction. They could have tossed Tolkien’s lore onto a bonfire and I’d have been perfectly happy if they’d simply crafted an enjoyable story with characters I care about.

Unfortunately, The Rings Of Power is written so poorly it defies even my worst fears. Oh yes, I was awed and impressed by the opening two episodes just like many others. But my how quickly a badly written TV series can wear out its welcome once the shimmer fades.

“All that glitters is not gold” is the old aphorism; it’s the one Tolkien flipped on its head for “The Riddle Of Strider”—all that is gold does not glitter.

But The Rings Of Power knows only how to glitter, and it’s certainly not gold. It knows how to shoot pretty slow-motion shots of elves on horses or orcs leaping through the trees. It gets the giant statues of ancient elven kings and shining cities just right. It has a sweeping score that’s lovely to listen to—but is, like the show’s melodrama, perhaps a little too incessant. This is a show of spectacle and it gets the spectacle mostly right.

The problem is everything else.

Galadriel’s adventure in Númenor is honestly just embarrassing. She arrived there—after being rescued—and effectively just bullied everyone in her path like the elven version of a steamroller. The queen regent has her hands full from the moment Galadriel barges through the door, and soon she’s demanding to see the king, then asking for an army.


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AD1184

Celestial
This article comes from Forbes which hurts worse for Amazon...Also, Amazon deleted 1000s of negative reviews which is also very telling...

‘The Rings Of Power’ Has Inexplicably Terrible Writing - Forbes

About the writing:

I looked at the entry for this programme on Amazon's IMDB website.


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I followed the links to the 'creators' Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. Interestingly, the 'Filmography' is identical for both men:

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They each allegedly have an 'uncredited' writing contribution to the film Star Trek Beyond six years ago (but there are three others who contributed to the writing of that film) and nothing else until The Rings of Power. The only other thing listed is another production of Flash Gordon, but this film/TV series does not yet exist. (It also tells me that they are both practising Mormons, which is interesting, given the values that American TV series are required to espouse.)

So it seems that Amazon have been conned into handing the reins of their billion-dollar production to a couple of unproven upstarts. Or perhaps they could not find anyone established willing to touch it with a barge pole.
 
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