Impressions of the Rings of Power and the House of the Dragon — MARIST CIRCLE


The second half of this year saw the release of two of the greatest television shows in history, The The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and the game of thrones prequel, Dragon House. Both of these shows recently had their first series, which fans of these shows have been patiently waiting for. For game of thrones fans, this new series is of great significance as it will potentially return the greatness of the original series.

It’s the first the Lord of the Rings show ever, and brings Middle-earth back to the screen from the disappointing and mostly forgettable The Hobbit trilogy. However, these series are not only important for the anticipation and devotion of millions of fans, but for the amount of money invested in these first seasons.

Amazon spent $715 million on power ringsmaking it the most expensive show ever, while HBO lost $200 million on Dragon House. The release of these two series has sparked a lot of debate among the fan base as they are both big budget fantasy shows. This brings up the big question: are either shows worth your time?

Before going any further, I must make a big confession. I’ve never seen game of thrones. It’s one of the greatest shows ever made and one of the biggest cultural signifiers of the 2010s, but honestly, I never had time to watch the show. The main reason I never watched the show was because of last season’s vitriolic reception. Dragon House didn’t initially appeal to me in its marketing, but I decided to watch this time, considering it was a prequel and didn’t rely on the vast knowledge of the previous series.

After having watched Dragon House first three episodes, I can confidently say that this show is good for many reasons. Like someone who knows nothing in the world of game of thrones, this show is very accessible to a new audience. While there is an occasional line mentioning a family or location that might be unfamiliar to a casual viewer, the show focuses on its central cast of characters. The plot rarely breaks with House Targaryen and the overwhelming responsibility they have for the fate of Westeros. The outstanding performance of the series so far is Paddy Considine as King Viserys I. His performance as an admirable king and leader who is overstretched with his responsibilities brings an almost pitiful level to his character which is mesmerizing to watch.

Although the series has only three episodes, the motivations of each of the characters are already well defined and the political plot of the plot is fluid. I don’t think there is a character in Dragon House is a righteous individual as he plans to improve himself and his faction, but it’s impossible not to get sucked into such a complex yet familiar world. I would recommend watching Dragon House as its smoldering finale will feature epic battles and shocking betrayals.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power created a week later Dragon House on Amazon Prime and didn’t initially interest me either. It’s strange considering The Lord of the Rings the movies are some of my favorite movies ever made. However, the marketing of rings of power just didn’t seem like anything special, especially after the trilogy. Watching the first episode, I felt like it should have instantly brought me back to my previous perceptions of the show. The first 15 minutes of the first episode features a visual and audio segment of Middle-earth’s ancient history as you view centuries of Middle-earth armies conquest and clash. However, this opening does not correctly represent the rest of power rings.

As for the two episodes that came out, I would say the show isn’t terrible, but is middle of the road and the worst thing a show can be: boring. Contrary to the above Dragon House which features constant character and story development, rings of power feels stagnant. The show is currently split into several different plot points which are all uninteresting and cause the plot to drag overall throughout its hour-long episodes. The show’s dialogue does not feature the political plot similar to Dragon House, but above all struggles to capture the adventure, wonder, beauty and emotion of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

power rings is not without its upsides though. Its special effects are extremely impressive, the score of Bear McCreary is a worthy successor to the iconic music of Howard Shore’s original trilogy and the costume design and production is incredible. Yet the millions of dollars invested by Amazon in this project will still not resolve the austere, soulless and corporate impression of Power Rings. The show may have a weak start that could turn into a truly amazing finale, but if the pacing issues, plot, and overall uninteresting characters aren’t quickly addressed, Amazon probably should have spent its $715 million on something else. thing.

If you are interested in watching either show, Dragon House is currently streaming on HBO Max with new episodes dropping Sunday nights and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is on Amazon Prime Video with new episodes dropping Friday nights.


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