A Slow But Steady Beginning: 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power' Review

Alicia D'Aversa
Morfydd Clark as a young Galadriel in her suit of armor looking off to the side in 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power'
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If you're anything like me, when you hear the words: "new fantasy series", you'll probably get overjoyed with excitement and anticipation. So when Amazon announced Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, I was over the moon (and we got it in the same year as HBO's Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, so I'm living pretty well).

Turns out the anticipation, in my humble opinion, paid off. Although it had a bit of a slow start, the show has set fans up for an amazing quest filled with intense battle sequences and interesting characters.

Now that the first two episodes are out, let's get into my thoughts about it, shall we?

Unlike the questionable morals of nearly every character in 'House of the Dragon', 'The Rings of Power' takes good and evil much more seriously.

Scenery in Rings of Power
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Very much like Lord of the Rings, good is required to fight evil, because if they don't, then a great peril can befall the land.

The series will be focusing mainly on Elven warrior Galadriel (who, if you don't recall, was played by Cate Blanchett in the original film). As the world begins to change and become darker, Galadriel (now played by Morfydd Clark) goes off on her quest.

Now, I'll admit, the two first episodes have a bit of a slower start.

Galadriel being crowned on 'The Rings of Power'
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While I certainly found myself wishing for some action, I also understand that the show needs to start off slow. Personally, I appreciate a well-toned setup instead of diving into a confusing story right away, so I'll take a lengthy exposition any day of the week.

While major Tolkien fans may potentially find that to be a little boring, for some who are coming in blind or don't remember the original films perfectly, the slow introduction to the world, trials, and characters is just what we need.

That being said, the cinematography, music, and acting are all exactly what I hoped they'd be: excellent.

Glowing tree in 'Rings of Power'
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Plus, to no one's surprise, Clark is the perfect young casting for Galadriel.

I have high hopes based on the first two episodes, and can't wait to see where the story takes us next.

While we certainly can't compare the show to House of the Dragon, I do think that it's safe to say that these two shows are going to bring us into the bold and beautiful fantasy age of television that we desperately need.