First impressions: Amazon’s The Rings of Power is a sultry feast of Tolkien goodness

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Set in the Middle Ages of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and the One Ring, Amazon Prime Video’s new series, The Rings of Power. After watching the first two episodes, it’s clear the studio squeezed every penny of the $465 million reported for its first season with lush visuals, quality CGI that Marvel Studios should take a look at, and a surprising story that allows to viewers no matter what age to sit down and watch.

This story takes place thousands of years before The Hobbit, we meet a young Galadriel (the elven queen played by Cate Blanchett in the films) who lives in the eternal lands of Valinor as a young child. A war started by the dark lord Morgoth forces the elves into Middle-earth to defeat the dark lord and protect the land’s inhabitants. A few centuries pass after Morgoth’s defeat, and Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) leads a group of elves tasked with searching the land for evidence of Morgoth’s lieutenant, Sauron, who rose to power after Morgoth’s death. . Galadriel has personal interests in this hunt and is determined to have Sauron and his orcs in hiding, waiting for the opportune moment to attack. Elsewhere, the elves and the race of men struggle to live together after the war, even though their relationship may be more necessary than they realize. Then there are the hobbits, I mean the harfoots, Tolkien’s predecessors to the Hobbits, which are surprisingly similar, however, seem a bit more Irish than the Bilbo Baggins we’re used to. All of this is showcased and explained through a must-have exhibit of the old Harfoot. Panoramic shots of beautiful New Zealand are still there with extremely impressive CGIs that look way too good for a TV show (Marvel Studios might want to make a few calls!)

Things pick up speed in the second episode when the dwarves come into play and the world and people of Middle-earth feel complete. The dwarves are comfortably nestled in their mountain and are truly thriving as they blindly believe that the days of war are over. The relationship between Elrond (Robert Aramayo) and Prince Durin (Benjamin Walker) is heavily inspired by the films and characters of Peter Jackson most complementary through Gimli and Legolas. While elsewhere the Harfoots deal with the Stranger who falls from the sky at the end of Episode 1, finding out who he is, how to communicate, and what he wants will undoubtedly be the overarching story of the premiere. season and how the various characters find themselves together again only to realize that the orcs and Sauron are still lurking, planning their next move.

What really works for this story so far is Galadriel and her steadfast belief that the world must be saved from Sauron. She’s kind and strong-willed, and while she might be a little less terrifying than her counterpart in the movie trilogy, there’s still a sense of unease about this character that will pique your interest. When things start to get too dark and dark, the Harfoots always manage to keep things light. Their happy nature and their quest for berries and the best food in their little pocket in the world where they’re seemingly invisible, you get the similarities to The Hobbit with the creatures that just want to be left alone and eat food and pottery in their garden all day. Curious Nori (Markella Kavenagh) who wonders what lies beyond the borders of their land, senses Frodo’s thirst for exploration. As the threads of these stories begin to weave as the season progresses (we hope!)

The big-budget fantasy epic based on the appendices to JRR Tolkien’s book The Return of the King, gives writers some freedom here to incorporate major points from events that spanned a century into a five-season epic. a billion dollars giving Amazon their very own Game of Thrones-style series. While it works on some levels, the upside here is that the show works for all ages. You can sit down and watch this series with the whole family, whatever your age, and although there are horror elements thanks to director JA Bayona (Jurassic World: Domination) it’s never too much that a kid who loves Stranger Things can’t handle. On the other hand, too, there are no overly sexualized rape scenes, incest, or overly violent scenes that make this an adult-only affair.

Taking a series incredibly beloved by generations that has been successfully adapted into a flawless movie series is no small feat. While the first two episodes provide a feast for the eyes and an insightful first look at the characters that will shape the story as the season progresses, it feels like 63 minutes isn’t nearly enough to explore all that is. is offered here. The first season consists of eight episodes with a supposed five-season arc hired by Amazon Studios. With Dragon House and now power ringswe’ve entered the age of big budget television, find a friend with the biggest TV screen and be sure to indulge in this sultry feast of Tolkien goodness.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episodes 1 and 2 are streaming now on Amazon Prime Video, with additional episodes released every Friday.

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