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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
How much are you enjoying (or not) The Rings of Power?
Poll: How much are you enjoying (or not) The Rings of Power?
Way better than I expected
Better than I expected
It's meeting my expectations (good or bad)
Worse than I expected
So, so much worse than I expected
View Results (18 votes)

Forum Admin / Moderator

Sep 14, 9:36am

Post #1 of 14 (677 views)
How much are you enjoying (or not) The Rings of Power? Can't Post

We're three episodes in and have a good feel for the show by now. Compared to what you were expecting before the premiere screened, how much are you enjoying it?

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Sep 14, 9:38am)

Grey Havens

Sep 14, 6:54pm

Post #2 of 14 (633 views)
Meeting my expectations... [In reply to] Can't Post

...both good and bad. Wink

Because this is a Tolkien adaptation, I followed the rumors and trailers and such far more closely than I normally would, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. So far, I think the show is very well made, I have reservations about a number of changes from the source material, but I'm enjoying the ride and getting to talk about it online. It's nice to see online Tolkien discussion getting a boost after those lean years in the second half of the 2010s. If nothing else, I'll be grateful to ROP for that, but I remain open to the possibility of the show winning me over in the long run. Given the pacing so far, I expect I'll take a while to come to a firm opinion.

The Grey Elf
Grey Havens

Sep 17, 11:19pm

Post #3 of 14 (498 views)
After 4 Eps, still a mixed bag [In reply to] Can't Post

Some aspects I really enjoy, others just arenít working for me. But enough good is there for me to continue watching. I do believe the show has yet to really find its feet.


Sep 23, 3:57pm

Post #4 of 14 (278 views)
Not Enjoying [In reply to] Can't Post

I wasn't planning on watching, but ended up seeing an episode (#5) anyway and had paid attention to online discussion and reviews, which allowed me to know what was going on. This show is disastrous. The only reason I'm not voting "much worse" is that my expectations were pretty much on the floor to start with.

My biggest issue is that the screenwriting is inhumanly bad. As in, I have some experience with AI-generated material, and RoP has exactly that feel, like there wasn't a human brain involved in coming up with all that stuff and everything is just random associations in the shape of a script.

Verdict: Watch Khraniteli instead. It beats RoP in everything except the sets and the CGI.

Aunt Dora Baggins

Sep 24, 2:29pm

Post #5 of 14 (237 views)
I'm enjoying it a lot. [In reply to] Can't Post

When the ice troll appeared at the beginning I thought "Oh, here we go again," fearing a repeat of PJ's 20 minute cave troll fight. I was pleasantly surprised when it was over so quickly.

It has aspects I loved from the movies like amazing visuals, pretty people, fun easter eggs, and it doesn't have some of the things I hated from the movies like lugubrious elves and interminable action scenes.

I love love love Galadriel. Is she petulant and insuffable? Yes, just like she is in UT. Tolkien retconned her to be something like Mother Mary in LotR, but I like his original fiery version. I'm hoping Celeborn will show up and be more interesting than he was in LotR.

I haven't cracked open the Tolkien books in a while, but this is sending me scurrying back to the appendices and the Sil and UT. Sure they're playing ducks and drakes with the timeline, but that makes it all the more fun to try to puzzle out all the little mysteries. Who is Adan, and the Stranger, and Halbrand? Have we seen Sauron yet? Right now my money's on the creepy mystic. I know the actor's a woman, but Sauron can take any form, so it's believable.

Forum Admin / Moderator

Sep 24, 6:58pm

Post #6 of 14 (228 views)
To be fair, that wouldn't be hard. [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
I'm hoping Celeborn will show up and be more interesting than he was in LotR.


I know he was instructed to act as if speaking and being in the moment was difficult for a creature as long-lived and deep-thinking as he, but Marton Czokas just didn't nail it. Whenever I think of that scene in Lothlorien, I'm reminded of a quip from a board member: "Where is my personality? For I much desire to have it."


Sep 25, 1:21am

Post #7 of 14 (202 views)
That's funny [In reply to] Can't Post

The delivery of that line was pretty terrible.
I find the character better in the EE, where he has more lines.

Aunt Dora Baggins

Sep 25, 1:46am

Post #8 of 14 (201 views)
Even in the book [In reply to] Can't Post

I never found Celeborn to interesting enough to believe thay he would attract Galadriel. I'm hoping to see an on screen character that I could plug into my mental image, like I did with movie Boromir.

Forum Admin / Moderator

Sep 25, 2:03am

Post #9 of 14 (203 views)
Yeah, EE Celeborn and TE Celeborn have two different energies. [In reply to] Can't Post

Maybe he was still half-asleep when the Fellowship rolled up to the flet?

(I admit that my strongest memory of the EE scene is how hairy Celeborn's arms were...) Angelic


Sun, 6:10am

Post #10 of 14 (187 views)
Lol! [In reply to] Can't Post

Every time I see him I remember that he proposed to my flatmate. Laugh

Forum Admin / Moderator

Sun, 6:16am

Post #11 of 14 (186 views)
OMG! What a claim to fame!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a story about Karl Urban and what he got up to in Auckland after his Shortland Street years. Cool


Sun, 8:03am

Post #12 of 14 (178 views)
That sounds much more fun [In reply to] Can't Post

than my 'I nearly got run over by rude and arrogant Hobbit star' story!


Mon, 4:59am

Post #13 of 14 (116 views)
All right ladies [In reply to] Can't Post

spill the beans!

Forum Admin / Moderator

Mon, 8:46am

Post #14 of 14 (107 views)
Beans? What beans? [In reply to] Can't Post

*slams pantry door shut*

There are no beans to see here...



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