“The Rings of Power” is equal parts disappointing and fantastic
The First Age comes to a close as the Great Battle ends. The Dark Lord Morgoth was defeated. But the shadow lies in Middle-Earth, hidden and bidding its time. Orcs are sighted in the land of the mortals. The dwarves are finding it hard to mine under the mountains. The land of the elves is dying. Amid the creeping darkness, Sauron returns, undetected. His mission is to forge a powerful object that could control all the living creatures of the Middle-Earth. And to rule them all.
The three rings for the elven kings under the sky are finally forged! It took eight episodes but we got there in the end. I supposed the seven (six, excluding Durin III’s ring given by the elves according to Dwarvish tradition) for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone will be crafted in the next season. But here in the first season, Sauron has finally been unmasked, though it was apparent halfway through which character he is. The second season will be more exciting because the hullabaloo was done and the main stories will hopefully be explored especially the forging of the Great Rings and the War of the Elves and Sauron.
Unlike the movies which have a solid book reference, “The Rings of Power” is based on some loose writings from J.R.R. Tolkien. It afforded the writers some leeway in portraying the story of the 19 rings’ creation, giving some mystery to the series.
The storyline was altered here. The Silmarillion described the creation of the Great Rings with the three most powerful rings (Narya, Nenya, and Vilya) created last, solely by Celebrimbor. The writers chose to focus on the three elven rings first. I do not have any complaints there. For one, it might be the right way to go. We’ll see with the next season.
You got to admit that how Sauron tricked the elves into creating the rings was one of those wtf moments in the series. The elves are supposed to have been alive forever. And yet, that knowledge about metals and stuff did not pass on to their brilliant minds? It made the legendary character of Celebrimbor look dumb. Which is not a good look for an elf.
I thought that Southlands would be the future Mordor (due to the outline on the map) but it still did not make me interested in their story, sorry mortals. Numenor is interesting, primarily because of the amazing set design. The Harfoots’ story was made intriguing by the appearance of The Stranger, which admittedly I was not sure of. Although my hunch is correct that he is an Istar. Because you know, Harfoot-Hobbit, The Stranger-Gandalf. That duel with the three White Cloaks is fantastic. It is also cool to see Khazad-dûm in its old and full glory. The mirrors reflecting the sunlight? Amazing.
It was a delight to see the young Galadriel, Elrond, and Isildur (he’s not dead yet, you know that, right?). With all due respect to Hugo Weaving, I like Robert Aramayo’s portrayal more. Morfydd Clark was impressive as Galadriel. Charlie Vickers as Halbrand is eye candy even after his Sauron transformation. Ismael Cruz Cordova is perfect (and hot) as Arondir, a wood elf created just for the show. The standout performance goes to Markella Kavenagh as Nori, because, you know, it’s hard to act wearing that primitive dress with dangling acorns in your hair. Sophia Nomvete’s portrayal of Disa (and her singing!) is also commendable.
(Sun god Worthy. 4 out of 5 stars). Although “The Rings of Power” has some disappointing moments, the series redeemed itself towards the end. The production, cinematography, costume designs, and other technical aspects (including the OSTs) are out of this world (or rather, Middle-Earth). The storyline was made clear, and there were enough mysteries that would make even casual viewers wait for the next season. So, see you soon in the Land of Mordor where the shadow lies. Sorry, I need to mention that.
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