What Is It?
The most expensive TV show ever made, maybe 1 billion dollars, the 2022 Amazon Prime Video American fantasy TV show The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power (Season 1).
This is how Wikipedia describes this record-breaking money wasting disappointing TV show:
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is an American fantasy television series based on the novel The Lord of the Rings and its appendices by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Developed by showrunners J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay for the streaming service Amazon Prime Video, the series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
It is produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, and in consultation with the Tolkien Estate.
Amazon bought the television rights for The Lord of the Rings in November 2017, making a five-season production commitment worth at least US$1 billion.
This would make it the most expensive television series ever made.
Payne and McKay were hired in July 2018.
The series is primarily based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, which include discussion of the Second Age, and Tolkien’s grandson Simon Tolkien was consulted on the development of the series.
Per the requirements of Amazon’s deal with the Tolkien Estate, it is not a continuation of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies.
Despite this, the production intended to evoke the films using similar production design, younger versions of characters from the films, and a main theme by Howard Shore, who composed the music for both trilogies.
Bear McCreary composed the series score.
A large international cast was hired, and filming for the eight-episode first season took place in New Zealand, where the films were produced, from February 2020 to August 2021 (with a production break for the COVID-19 pandemic).
Amazon moved production for future seasons to the United Kingdom, where filming for the second season began on October 3, 2022.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premiered on September 1, 2022, with the first two episodes, which Amazon stated had the most viewers for a Prime Video premiere.
The rest of the eight-episode first season ran until October 14.
It has received generally positive reviews from critics, with particular praise for its cinematography, visuals and musical score, but some criticism for its pacing and characterization.
Set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the series is based on author J. R. R. Tolkien‘s history of Middle-earth.
It begins during a time of relative peace and covers all the major events of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the Rings of Power, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the fall of the island kingdom of Númenor, and the last alliance between Elves and Men.
These events take place over thousands of years in Tolkien’s original stories, but are condensed for the series.
First, rest in peace to those who know the lore for The Lord Of The Rings books and / or those who saw all of The Lord Of The Rings movies, fortunately I am not among the fallen; let us have a moment of silence for those poor souls.
Whoever messed up this TV show should be fired and replaced with someone who can do it better, in my opinion, almost anyone who has proven that they can make a good TV show could do better than this.
I feel bad for Morfydd Clark, she seems like a cute & quiet & nice person, but her role / performance as Galadriel is seriously hurting her career.
Hopefully most of the fault is on the writing and directing instead of her acting, and hopefully she made enough money to help with the damage to her career.
I wanted to like Galadriel, but this show made that very difficult; and they made her a textbook Mary Sue & Karen among other things.
They made others look bad to put Galadriel even higher on a pedestal, no one even came close to her fighting skills, even her own soldiers.
They made her one of the worst and most unlikable characters, sadly, and she is basically the main character; which makes it worse.
There are a few positive things about this show, like some of the visuals, and the relationship / acting between Elrond and Durin IV.
The writing, pacing, directing, chemistry, characters, lore, story, some of the costumes, logic, action, the depictions of the races, et cetera for this TV show is bad.
There is so much that I could say about the problems with this show, but I will not waste my time; most videos on YouTube do a good job explaining the many problems with this TV show.
I would rate this show a 2 out of 5, what a waste of money this show is, so far; there needs to be an investigation into this waste of money and where it all went, hopefully the next season will be better.
- John Jr