Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > TV Talk
Reload this Page >

The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "A Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

TV Talk Talk about Shows on TV

The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "A Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Old 08-31-22, 09:46 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk God
Thread Starter
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 71,730
Received 2,146 Likes on 1,580 Posts
The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "A Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22




The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.

Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Nķmenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.



8 episode 1st season. Premieres Thursday at 9pm ET. Just getting this going a little early.

2 episodes will drop. I only went with The Rings of Power as the title because the full title is way too long for a thread.

If you saw the early Cinemark theatrical screening, please hold off on talking detailed spoilers at least until 11pm ET tomorrow just to give some here time to watch it in one sitting.






Old 08-31-22, 09:52 PM
  #2  
Premium Member
 
The Cow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Grazing in a field somewhere...
Posts: 22,649
Received 404 Likes on 287 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

We went to the Cinemark premier tonight and it did feel theater quality. They took our cell phones going in, wasn't expecting that, but whatever. And they did give a $10 concession voucher for each ticket.

I won't spoil anything with the details. As expected a lot of character buildup/introduction the first hour. Some decent suspense throughout the second episode, and dwarf city looks like a fun place.

The casting seems pretty solid, no complaints.

I'm not a big LOTR follower, but liked it well enough. My wife is really into the books/movies/world, and she thought it was good also. I'm sure the internet will pick it apart, but we are in for the series, I think.
The following 3 users liked this post by The Cow:
Artman (08-31-22), DJariya (09-01-22), story (09-01-22)
Old 08-31-22, 10:37 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 34,465
Received 811 Likes on 572 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

All the whining in the YT comments under the trailer makes me want to see this even more. The Tolkienites and their "canon" can suck it.
Old 09-01-22, 04:05 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 5,838
Received 88 Likes on 60 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Is the series as "family friendly" as the movies are? Various articles seem to indicate as much, but I haven't found any detailed content advisories on IMDb or elsewhere yet. My 11-year-old is interested, and he was fine with everything that could be considered violent or scary in the movies when we watched them a couple of years back.
Old 09-01-22, 04:57 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Osiris3657's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 9,483
Received 171 Likes on 116 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Counting the minutes until 8pm
Old 09-01-22, 06:45 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
lwhy?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Nashville and Crossville, TN
Posts: 7,915
Received 392 Likes on 310 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22


Dan Murrell didn't care for it. He said it looks great, but the dialogue and characters are very uninteresting.
Old 09-01-22, 08:36 PM
  #7  
Inane Thread Master, 2018 TOTY
 
OldBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Are any of us really anywhere?
Posts: 46,738
Received 606 Likes on 520 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

I can’t watch all tonight, but I’ll watch the beginning at least. Just hope it’s not another GoT: House of the Dragon. In that it stinks.

Last edited by OldBoy; 09-01-22 at 09:14 PM.
The following users liked this post:
Decker (09-02-22)
Old 09-01-22, 09:13 PM
  #8  
Inane Thread Master, 2018 TOTY
 
OldBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Are any of us really anywhere?
Posts: 46,738
Received 606 Likes on 520 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Is this an adaptation from a Tolkien book? Or all new entity?
Old 09-01-22, 09:17 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Osiris3657's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 9,483
Received 171 Likes on 116 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Did Peter Jackson have any input, maybe is a consultant on the series?
Old 09-01-22, 09:18 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 37,189
Received 75 Likes on 62 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

I'm on the fence, despite being a Tolkien fan. The trailers didn't do anything for me and I hated Amazon's last fantasy adaptation, The Wheel of Time (and that despite thinking the Robert Jordan books weren't that great and could easily be improved -- boy was I wrong).

I'll likely wait until more episodes are out and check out reviews regarding how this shapes up beyond the initial two episodes.
The following users liked this post:
GoldenJCJ (09-01-22)
Old 09-01-22, 09:23 PM
  #11  
Premium Member
 
The Cow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Grazing in a field somewhere...
Posts: 22,649
Received 404 Likes on 287 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Originally Posted by printerati View Post
Is the series as "family friendly" as the movies are? Various articles seem to indicate as much, but I haven't found any detailed content advisories on IMDb or elsewhere yet. My 11-year-old is interested, and he was fine with everything that could be considered violent or scary in the movies when we watched them a couple of years back.
The first two eps, at least, are family friendly. Some suspense/jump-at-you moments are about as far out as is goes.
The following users liked this post:
printerati (09-01-22)
Old 09-01-22, 09:28 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Hero
 
TomOpus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 38,456
Received 944 Likes on 685 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Originally Posted by OldBoy View Post
I canít watch all tonight, but Iíll watch the beginning at least. Just hope itís not another GoT: House of the Dragon. In that it stinks.
Why don't you post in that thread how horrible you think it is?

I got the feeling most liked it, so far.
Old 09-01-22, 09:39 PM
  #13  
Inane Thread Master, 2018 TOTY
 
OldBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Are any of us really anywhere?
Posts: 46,738
Received 606 Likes on 520 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

What’s the difference? I posted the title and that I hoped this series in this thread is not like it. It’s not like I ranted on and on about it.
Old 09-01-22, 10:30 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Josh-da-man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: The Bible Belt
Posts: 39,777
Received 1,608 Likes on 1,152 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Originally Posted by OldBoy View Post
Is this an adaptation from a Tolkien book? Or all new entity?
A bit of both. It's not based on a novel, but it is based on Tolkien's other writings, such as the Appendix from LOTR, The Lost Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth, The Silmarillion, and The History of Middle Earth.

It's a unique work, but heavily inspired by things Tolkien wrote about the history of Middle Earth.

Originally Posted by Osiris3657 View Post
Did Peter Jackson have any input, maybe is a consultant on the series?
From what I understand, he had no (or very little) input.
The following 2 users liked this post by Josh-da-man:
OldBoy (09-02-22), Osiris3657 (09-02-22)
Old 09-01-22, 11:17 PM
  #15  
MrX
DVD Talk Hero
 
MrX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 25,314
Likes: 0
Received 124 Likes on 92 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Originally Posted by lwhy? View Post
Dan Murrell didn't care for it. He said it looks great, but the dialogue and characters are very uninteresting.
Just watched both episodes and that pretty much sums up my thoughts so far also.
Old 09-02-22, 12:23 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 10,580
Received 174 Likes on 121 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

A+ for me! There really isn't anything I disliked about these episodes (maybe the Rings of Power title looks a little cheap in the series opening sequence?) I have been very critical of the cast/crew comments in the marketing campaign, but so far none of that has really shown in the finished product yet - it appears Tolkien's traditional storytelling truths seem to be showing through.(as I suspected it would) I like all the casting, characters, and music (men's chorus putting in some work!) Can't wait for more!
Old 09-02-22, 01:19 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Legend
 
bunkaroo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chicago West Suburbs
Posts: 16,255
Received 150 Likes on 101 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

So both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes seem to have user reviews turned off for this. Is Amazon that afraid of bad word of mouth?
Old 09-02-22, 01:31 AM
  #18  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 6,128
Received 164 Likes on 115 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post
So both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes seem to have user reviews turned off for this. Is Amazon that afraid of bad word of mouth?
...damn

Even if the series is horrible, they have too much money /influence to let it fail.

Thats a fact.


Old 09-02-22, 03:45 AM
  #19  
DVD Talk God
Thread Starter
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 71,730
Received 2,146 Likes on 1,580 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

I only had time to watch the 1st episode and I enjoyed it. I didn't think it was that slow and dull as some made it out to be. It didn't grab me right away like House of the Dragon as I was still familiar with that world and I hadn't seen the LOTR movies in at least 12-13 years. I think I last watched them when the extended edition DVD sets came out. It was cool to hear the name Sauron come up. Galadriel seems to be the main protagonist and I had no issues following her plot. And it wasn't an all talk 66 minutes. There was some action bits and a battle sequence where her brother died.

The special effects and production design looked incredible. This looked like a theatrical production on TV.

Old 09-02-22, 07:13 AM
  #20  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 43,868
Received 708 Likes on 574 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post
So both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes seem to have user reviews turned off for this. Is Amazon that afraid of bad word of mouth?
They had it capped until 9/2. Reviews are flowing now.

​​​​
The following users liked this post:
bunkaroo (09-02-22)
Old 09-02-22, 07:55 AM
  #21  
DVD Talk Legend
 
ViewAskewbian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Just around the corner to the light of day.
Posts: 14,980
Received 751 Likes on 455 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
They had it capped until 9/2. Reviews are flowing now.

​​​​
Oy, I see why. Some of those user reviews are pretty brutal.
Old 09-02-22, 08:37 AM
  #22  
DVD Talk Legend
 
d2cheer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 11,112
Received 211 Likes on 150 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

This was nice to look at. That is all. Need a flowchart on the characters. And black + white = Asian??? SMH

Old 09-02-22, 11:30 AM
  #23  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Why So Blu?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 35,800
Received 774 Likes on 596 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Loved it. It was pure rock n roll during the action scenes. That Galdriel scene of her and the
Spoiler:
Snow Troll

was something out of Elden Ring in that I've done moves just like she did in that game. It was pretty fucking sweet!
Old 09-02-22, 12:07 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Hero
 
TomOpus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 38,456
Received 944 Likes on 685 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

Originally Posted by OldBoy View Post
Whatís the difference? I posted the title and that I hoped this series in this thread is not like it. Itís not like I ranted on and on about it.
If YOU don't know the difference then I can't help you. You've been here LONG enough to know. Fuck spoon-feeding you. Why are you afraid to bitch about a show in ITS own thread that has existed for a while?
The following users liked this post:
Dr. DVD (09-05-22)
Old 09-02-22, 12:51 PM
  #25  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,947
Received 86 Likes on 68 Posts
re: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1E01&E02) -- "Shadow of the Past" & "Adrift" -- 9/1/22

I am not the biggest LOTR fan but I thought this was pretty terrific. I loved it. I am not some LOTR purist so I am not going to get all pissy about dwarf women not having beards or some minor discrepancy to some note Tolkien wrote on a footnote to something in an appendix.

Easily the best looking TV show ever. It probably looks better than the movies. I actually found the characters pretty interesting and it did not seem slow at all.

It is IMO maybe a little more hardcore high fantasy than the LOTR movies so far, and much more than something like GOT which is more medieval drama with dragons.

A+ for me.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.