Season 1 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power examines a stunning return to Middle Earth

Season 1 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power examines a stunning return to Middle Earth ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 1 is reviewed by Prime Video. No spoilers.

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The summer of high-budget fantasy prequels. Just a couple of weeks after HBO released their much-awaited Game of Thrones epic, Prime Video has announced its equally ambitious, and dare I say riskier, entry into the Lord of the Rings canon.

With a reported $1 billion spent on its development, the Prime Video-produced 8-part series is expected to be the most expensive TV show in history. For that kind of investment and with a property that for many is a fundamental text of the fantasy genre, meeting expectations was always going to be a tough order. I am pleased to report that they have managed to meet their expectations.

In a time of relative peace, evil is brewing once more across Middle Earth, and in order to defy a legendary villain, an unlikely group must form and fight together.

One of the most common difficulties when approaching a prequel is ensuring that the world is rich and seemingly already fully realized without compromising or even detracting from the original. The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power succeeds in being its own thing, while adding to the existing canon.

The familiarity we already have with this world and the complete ease with which they seem to inhabit it immediately puts the viewer at ease; knowing that this all belongs, this makes sense, and this adds to the existing narrative. This is exactly what a story like this deserves.

The dialogue in particular appears to flow like honey, and, in the moments when the characters are allowed to have an extended exchange, it feels as though the words are flowing directly from Tolkein's pen.

Given the investment and talent involved, this film looks stunning, with Middle Earth seemingly bursting to life on screen. Each of the locations has a distinctive personality and the characters that dwell in them inhabit them convincingly. When we see how stunningly released Valinor is, we understand why the Elves are so attractive, and this contrasts when we meet the grimy humans living in a run-down village in Middle Earth.

The performances are good. Robert Aranmayo's young Elrond makes a brief reference to Hugo Heaving but it is Morfydd Clark's performance as Galadriel that makes a splash off the screen. She adds a faintly repressed sense of heroism to the character and makes the Elven warrior the most compelling character on screen.

If I had any reservations, it would be simply that watching something of this magnitude and scope that is so well executed should best be done with others, on the largest screen you can find, and with the finest sound system available. Regardless, if you have to watch something on your TV, you'll struggle to do much better.

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