The Rings of Power – Like/Don’t Like (as of S1, ep. 4)

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I have too many thoughts about The Rings of Power and the loudest are ones are negative (because I’m one of those persnickety fans). But all that negativity won’t help. For one thing, I’m sure the showrunners are already living in semi-fear for their lives over social media backlash. I don’t want to stoke that, even a little. For another, they are doing a good job in many ways. For a third, I don’t know how anyone could produce good art in a major franchise with a giant budget in a social media cesspit where everything is a massive marketing exercise in trying to please the majority while not getting threatened by a minority. Finally, Even die-hard fans can’t agree on what TRoP should look like: Often, things I can’t stand others are fine with; things I’m fine with others can’t stand. So it goes. So…

Because I have to say something, here’s a quick “like/don’t like” list. (I won’t say “good/bad” because views are so divergent.) Light spoilers behind the cut. Read more… )

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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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