Amazon shuts down reviews of Lord of the Rings TV series


Watch: Amazon has disabled viewer star ratings for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Amazon has suspended viewer ratings on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in an apparent attempt to prevent trolls from posting negative reviews.

The fantasy TV series – starring Sir Lenny Henry as Sadoc Burrows – launched on Amazon Prime Video on Friday September 2 and has reportedly been the target of ‘critic bombers’.

Review bombing is a process by which a large group of online users post negative reviews of a product or service, to protest their perceived cultural or political issues, rather than the actual quality.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Currently has no ratings on Amazon Prime despite being online for several days.

Sir Lenny Henry stars as Sadoc Burrows in power rings. (Amazon Prime Video)

The show – a spin-off of the famous JRR Tolkein novels and film adaptations by Peter Jackson – currently has an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from critics.

But it only has an audience score of 34%.

It has a 71% rating on Metacritic based on 37 reviews from professional critics. But just a 1.9% user score, based on 879 reviews.

Morfydd Clark's take on the elven warrior Galadriel takes center stage in The Rings of Power.  (First video)

The the Lord of the Rings spin-off show power rings is believed to have been targeted by review trolls. (First video)

The series – which has only aired two episodes so far – currently has a score of 6.8 out of 10 on ratings portal IMDb, which is owned by Amazon.

Some negative reviews directed at the show object to the diversity of the cast.

One user writes, “No one has a problem seeing people of color in movies, shows or stories…but this story was already written and shouldn’t have been tainted.”

While another said, “Reflecting global diversity in Middle-earth is a strange goal, although good for marketing perhaps, but it was clearly more important than making a working TV series. [sic]”

After the premiere of the first two episodes of power ringsAmazon broke precedent by releasing its internal numbers of registered viewers for the show.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power features the opulent island kingdom of men, Númenor.  (First video)

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was watched by 25 million people in the first 24 hours. (First video)

The global streaming service announced that the show was viewed by 25 million viewers in 240 countries and territories around the world within the first 24 hours of its availability.

Streaming platforms have become notoriously secretive about their on-demand viewing figures, while terrestrial TV channels and public platforms such as BBC iPlayer are forced to publish their ratings, revealing how many people tune in to watch them. .

power rings stars Trystan Gravelle as Pharazon, Morfydd Clark as Galadriel, Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Mariel, and Robert Aramayo as Elrond.

Other cast members include Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Sophia Nomvete, and Charles Edwards.

The Rings of Power features the Hobbit's predecessors, the Harfoots.  (First video)

power rings features the Hobbit’s predecessors, the Harfoots. (First video)

Although the prequel series is not adapted from a book by JRR Tolkien, it is set in the universe of his work and draws heavily from the characters and story he created.

It follows the Second Age of Middle-earth and is set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit Where The Lord of the Rings.

Read more: The Rings of Power: How to watch the TV series in the UK

The series will also depict Sauron’s rise to power and the process of creating the Rings of Power, as well as the never-before-seen kingdom of Numenor and the final alliance between Elves and Men.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is available to stream on Prime Video starting Friday, September 2.


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