Amazon has a long way to go for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the multi-billion dollar series with plans reportedly set to last five years. But while the show has set records for Amazon’s original viewership (it almost had to), as we were halfway through Season 1, it seems that audiences in general have not been influenced by the series.
While I expected the various controversies the show provoked at launch to spark a barrage of negative reviews, the weeks that followed have brought no relief at all for The Rings of Power.
By all available stats, there’s no place fans have gathered to consistently give the show high marks, with scores not improving noticeably as more episodes have been rolled out, which you’ll sometimes see after an initial bout of bombing/skepticism.
Here’s where things stand after four weeks of Ring of Power episodes:
Everyone doesn’t like me comparing Rings of Power to HBO’s also high-budget fantasy series, House of the Dragon, but needless to say, despite similar initial race and gender-based casting controversies, audience ratings are much higher. The low ratings are generally the product of either fans saying the show strays too much from Tolkien’s original world or just…not thinking the series is very well written or fast paced, with its long, slow building arcs. .
It remains to be seen if there will come a time when Rings of Power will be able to kick into another gear and convince skeptics. Midway through Season 1, we’ll start to bring the characters closer together, and maybe more storylines will intersect and more big battles to come. But for now, the show has struggled to make the kind of Game of Thrones level Amazon wanted to see. Not that it doesn’t have fans, and I know a lot of viewers who to be excited to tune in every week but not sure if that’s the majority.
What’s clear is that Amazon is in this for the long haul, and I’d expect them to see through their ultimate vision for the series unless some sort of massive viewership collapse that even through it all, I doubt we’ll get it. shall see. They’re committed to the project, but maybe they’ll absorb the feedback and make some changes in future seasons to attract the kind of audience that the series seems to be rejecting at the moment.
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