The Rings of Power: First Two Episodes Thoughts

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A significant attack of neuralgia has knocked me largely off screens and spared everyone who sees my DW from a several-thousand-word-long exegesis on The Rings of Power. I will offer just a few thoughts instead.

* I liked episode 2 much more than episode 1.

* The acting is very good. I put this partly down to impressive directing as well.

* I appreciate that the script (for the most part) is willing to use more old-fashioned words and syntax. Occasional modernisms like “That’s not an option” ring a tin bell for me, but they’re few.

* I really like the original characters, and I suspect my favorite bits of the show are likely to be those that focus on original characters or original + canon, while the canon + canon scenes are more likely to irritate me due to how far afield they are from the source material. (Given that apparently a condition of the sale of rights was sticking with canon in major points, I’m astounded at how very far afield some of this feels.)Cut for length–no significant spoilers )

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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