September 30, 2022 at 8:32 pm #1205103717
I don’t know if anybody’s still watching The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, but after a simply goodish five episodes, today’s episode was so refreshing. Just an amazing, devastating, entertaining, and thrilling mid-season boost the show so desperately needed.
Charlotte Brändström’s directorial touch was dynamic, sensitive, and powerful all at once. The pacing was brisk and lively without being hasty, a welcome change to what is generally the series’ greatest hindrance. And the dialogue, which at many times has also been lackluster, finally matched the quality of the acting, cinematography, visuals, and score.
But what makes this episode truly revelatory is its plotline. Disregarding the myriad references to Peter Jackson’s trilogy, which to be sure are superb, the creative decisions from depicting savage guerrilla warfare to sympathetically humanizing Orcs were so inspired and unexpected. The parallels made between the Humans and the Orcs were striking, and the analogous framing of their relationship to human ethnic and racial groups as well as Galadriel’s characterization recognized powerful truths about race relations and genocide, and posed some compelling questions.
Simply an extraordinary hour of television summoning the power of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and arguably transcending it.
Masterpiece. A+. 10/10.
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10. The MenuOctober 2, 2022 at 1:28 am #1205104693
Director Charlotte Brändström is directing the last episodes of season one. So that is a very positive thing, based on what she managed to do with episode 6. That was a major quality jump. The dynamic between the actors was more organic, the direction was more precise resulting in a thrilling and engaging episode.
Brava, brava Charlotte!
Best Picture: The Way of The Wind
Best Director: Decision to Leave
Best Actress: TAR
Best Actor: The Whale
Best Supporting Actress: The Whale
Best Supporting Actor: Poor ThingsOctober 2, 2022 at 5:31 am #1205104773
A massive improvement from last week’s slog although the writing still did lack in places during Adar’s ambush on the Southlands. The scene with Galadriel and Adar recounting the latter’s origins was the highlight of the episode as expositionary as it may have been.
FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.October 2, 2022 at 8:03 am #1205104906
I’ve been keeping up with it weekly, probably out of nostalgia for the original. I’m generally not a person who places much emphasis on visuals/cgi, but part of me is watching just to be wowed and taken to a different world rather than being particularly interested in the characters. So far I feel like I’m also mostly watching to learn more about the world, it’s fun getting to have a visual in my mind of Numenor and what Moria used to look like. The main issue for me is that a lot of the main characters feel a bit flat, although I find the harfoots and dwarves pretty engaging.October 4, 2022 at 9:55 am #1205106760
Episode 6 was very very good, probably the best yet, gives me hope for the last two.
Emmy winner Matthew Macfadyen!!October 7, 2022 at 7:44 am #1205110119
Is this eligible for Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics ?
🚨 NEW SONG ALERT: Fiona Apple has recorded a new song titled ‘Where The Shadows Lie’ for ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ and it will be featured on the season finale!
Listen here: https://t.co/hhfLFr2mAD
— Fiona Apple Updates (@fionaedits) October 7, 2022October 7, 2022 at 9:23 am #1205110268
FIONA APPLE?? Oh this is excitingOctober 7, 2022 at 6:32 pm #1205110927
I rolled my eyes when they revealed the fate of the two characters absent from the entire episode win the final five minutes.
FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.October 9, 2022 at 4:49 am #1205112298
I know there are lots of people who hate this show but I am really enjoying it, especially the character build-up and slowly getting sucked into its world. I am sad that there is only one episode left.October 9, 2022 at 7:52 am #1205112364
I’m a little mixed but I overall enjoy it and I look forward to the new episode every week. I honestly prefer it to House of the Dragon. It’s always fun to get taken to these different vistas and I’m very attached to some of the characters. And I just like learning more about the lore, I think it’ll make a rewatch of the films have an added layer.October 10, 2022 at 3:19 pm #1205114120
I’m a little mixed but I overall enjoy it and I look forward to the new episode every week. I honestly prefer it to House of the Dragon. It’s always fun to get taken to these different vistas and I’m very attached to some of the characters. And I just like learning more about the lore, I think it’ll make a rewatch of the films have an added layer.
If you want to learn about the actual lore, it’s better to read Tolkien’s writings because most of the stuff here is too distorted/warped or simply made up. Pretty vistas is a good summation of this show that does not offer anything beyond it.October 14, 2022 at 6:44 pm #1205121083
This week’s episode was quite fun (and personally I thought it was much more cohesive than Episode 8). The “twists” were very predictable from the start of the show though and the final shot of Sauron felt so formulaic. Thank god for Fiona Apple lol.
FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.October 14, 2022 at 7:39 pm #1205121150
Ok, Fiona. I would like some vocals like that on tour next album, due 2029 I’m sure.October 14, 2022 at 9:08 pm #1205121261
I couldn’t care less about Tolkien or the lore that has so many nerds pissy. While I loved none of the LOTR movies, though I liked the first one a decent amount. I will say overall I found this to be… okay. A lot of the first few episodes were boring as hell and just visual candy. Honestly, both this and HOtD have some of the same issues as far as placing and characterization. But I liked the back half enough to tune in next season.October 14, 2022 at 9:14 pm #1205121268
My biggest issue with LoTR (which I’m a little behind on) is the acting is kind of universally “good but nothing special” to me. If this ended up getting a series nomination or BTLs I’d get it but I’d be seriously bemused if they went all in on the acting.Not now
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