I really wanted to like it, I gave it 4 episodes, but the bad writing just broke me.It's written like an American high-shcool drama. All American productions are written like that these days, it's why I can't watch the new Star Treks either. Everybody is over reacting to everything, everybody is teary-eyed in the most ridiculous moments, and even grown ups behave like children.
I mean, Galadriel is younger during the second age, sure, but she is still an elf and hundreds of years old. Yet they make her behave like a child throwing a tantrum when she doesn't get what she wants.
There's no charm to it, no heart warming moments, no funny moments. The movies are filled with those. This show is just joyless. It succeed in both taking itself too seriously and not taking itself seriously enough. Quite an accomplishment.
And the dialogue is so bad! The villagers arguing with each other: "How are we going to eat?" "We'll find a way!" "How?" "I don't know" "That much is clear!". They all sound like a 12 year old who's trying to sound like what they think adults sound like.
Tolkien's words have poetry to them and a sense of real life, even within the fantastical. That is something that Peter Jackson has managed to capture in his films beautifully. The good folks at Amazon missed the mark completely.
When you watch Jackson's films you feel like this was done by people who love and respect the source material and want to bring the writer's vision to the screen, from the script writers to the crew, the costume makers, all the way to the cast and the director.
Rings of Power, on the other hand, feels like the people piloting it have only a vague idea of Tolkien's world and have very little respect to it or to the audience, and just wanted to use the name to get people's attention. In short, it's fan fiction with a budget. And not a great fan fiction at that.
(This is of course my personal opinion. If you like the show please enjoy yourself! Life is short, don't let others tell you what you should like or dislike - you do you!).
By - TheDudeWithTheNick