The catastrophe of the destroyed potential: critics appreciated the series "The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power"

A week ago, the first short reviews of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power appeared on the Web, and now critics have begun to publish more detailed reviews. They are based on the first two episodes. On Metacritic, the project so far has a score of 72 out of 100 based on 34 reviews: 26 of them are positive, and 8 are mixed.

The series is again praised for its scale and scope, but scolded for some storylines, banal dialogues and just a boring and stretched narrative. Here are some negative comments.

Middle-earth-hungry audiences can be satisfied with just about anything, and I think you can argue that Rings of Power is no worse than all the other high-priced adventures that have proliferated in the era of streaming. But this series is a special catastrophe of shattered potential, the sacrifice of the limitless possibilities of a magnificent universe on the altar of tested blockbuster desperation.

Entertainment Weekly

“Rings of Power” is not a disaster or a triumph, but just a clearly expensive show that inspires in snippets. The project looks good, it has some charismatic characters that captivate, and in general it is worth watching. Of the minuses – predictable even in tense parts of the plot, sometimes exciting, and sometimes boring.

Los Angeles Times

The performance is tolerable, but unremarkable, and the dialogues are especially banal and artless, too many intoned monologues about the search for “light” or the eternally foggy nature of evil. The fate of many worlds hangs in the balance, but the boring luxury on the screen conjures up only images of bills evaporating in smoke. Rarely does danger seem so boring.

Washington Post

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Many have commented that the shows move slowly, making it difficult to draw conclusions about the plot, especially given the sheer scale and format of Tolkien’s originals.

Let’s hope the whole show gets better as the story hits the middle and takes its turn towards the finale. Because I have to say that “Rings of Power” doesn’t impress, dazzle, or knock you down.

Movie Nation

Tolkien purists are likely to be equally mortified by the insertion of fictional characters and storylines. But showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay have taken a ton of material originally presented as a chronicle with little dialogue or character development and crafted a compelling, coherent narrative that fills in the gaps.


Not all critics appreciated the showrunners’ attempt to introduce a huge number of characters that may be completely unrelated.

The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power are visually gorgeous, full of life, and at times awe inspiring. However, there is a big problem. The show may have a strong start, but its plot is overwhelmed with so many moving parts and far-flung characters that it’s easy to see where the story ends.


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Much more positive opinions, in which almost all critics praise the visual component.

Whatever is going on with Rings of Power, it somehow manages to put a fresh coat of paint on what was there before, plus its own subtle coloring that can turn into something really exciting.


One of the most expansive, lush, and well-shot projects you’ll ever see. This is a magnificent, large-scale and magical, if somewhat overloaded epic, filled with charming characters that inhabit a world that seems like a colorful daydream. Talented and attractive actors play strong and serious, even when the dialogue is, let’s face it, a little corny and reminiscent of a children’s storybook.

Chicago Sun-Times

The story is big enough to fill the show’s huge map, and where its fantastical premise promises spectacular sets, such as a battle with an ice troll or ships sailing into the Undying Lands, Rings of Power lives up to those promises.

New York Magazine (Vulture)

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Remarkably, the same scale and the huge world played a cruel joke on the heroes who are forced to “teleport” around the map.

What bothered me was the fact that the characters seem to cover long distances effortlessly, in no time. It just looks like cheating.

Los Angeles Times

There were also comparisons to Game of Thrones.

This is not Westeros. No one will be blown off their heads here. Instead, it’s a spectacle-filled return to a lovingly rendered Middle-earth that promises to be an incredibly big adventure.

The Independent

The series combines everything we love about modern fantasy, like Game of Thrones with its many main characters, with the depth and detail of Tolkien’s universe. Despite the fact that there is still a whole season ahead, Rings of Power has successfully started, demonstrating the promised quality and working to its fullest.


frame from the series “The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power”

His shimmering awe certainly provides a welcome alternative to the gore, rape, and body horror that has been born in many fantasy series since Thrones, just as his clear, deliberately slow storytelling avoids perpetual confusion in a large body of drama.


Recall that the premiere of the series on streaming will take place on September 2, tomorrow. On this day, two episodes will be released at once, then they will be released one per week.

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