The Lord of the Rings fans spent years waiting for Amazon’s The Rings of Power, but the reactions are pretty divided now that the series is finally here. It’s difficult to decide if the series is worth the watch or not, but we’re here to help you make the final verdict.
What Is It About?
The Rings of Power won’t spoil your love for the original trilogy because it’s not a remake. It’s set thousands of years in the past and focuses on both new and familiar characters, as they try to fight evil emerging in Middle-earth.
If you tend to rely on the critics when picking a show to watch, The Rings of Power is a safe bet. It received praise for its plot, cinematography, visuals, and musical score, and it currently holds an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 71% on Metacritic.
The tricky thing about The Rings of Power is its questionable audience score. It has a pretty bad rating on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, but this is largely due to review bombing from trolls, most likely caused by the show’s diverse casting.
Despite its messy rollout, The Rings of Power is already a success in Amazon’s eyes. 25 million viewers tuned in to watch it in the first 24 hours, making this the biggest premiere in the streamer’s history.
If you want to avoid FOMO, give it a watch, and decide for yourself if you’ll come back for the next episode. Maybe it won’t be your cup of tea, but luckily you have a bunch of other epic fantasy shows to choose from – from House of the Dragon to The Wheel of Time.