The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is just over a week away from its premiere on Amazon Prime Video, which will drop the first two episodes in one go. Ahead of the anticipated series’ release on the subscription service, select members of the media managed to get an early screening of those two episodes. The first reactions so far are generally very positive.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be set primarily in the Second Age of Middle-earth and document the events that led up to the forging of the Rings of Power as well as the One Ring by Sauron. The show will mainly focus on a younger and more battle-hardened Galadriel before her turn into the fair queen of the Lothlorien realm.
A screening was recently held by Amazon that showed media the first two episodes of the series. Media were allowed to post brief first impressions online and they all seem to lean on the positive end of the spectrum.
Carly Lane-Perry of Collider wrote, “The Rings of Power is definitely a promising return to Middle-earth based on the first episodes. Stunning visuals, compelling characters, and a magnetic lead in Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel, who refuses to surrender the widely-held belief that Sauron is defeated. Can’t wait for more.”
Vanessa Armstrong of Slashfilm also had echoed similar sentiments, writing “I’ve seen the first 2 eps of The Ring of Power. Yes, it’s as visually stunning as the trailer promises. It also sets the stage well for the clearly epic tale heading our way. I liked some characters/storylines more than others, but I’m hooked & ready for more.”
Daniel Baptista of The Movie Podcast showered it with plenty of praise, stating “The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power is an ACHIEVEMENT in cinematic storytelling that REDEFINES what’s possible for television. Immersive & EPIC, the interconnected worlds of Tolkien feel GRAND and fully realized. Absolutely MESMERIZING.”
Meanwhile, Lauren Sarner of NY Post was pleasantly surprised despite having some concerns, writing “Social media embargo is up for #LordofTheRings #TheRingsofPower #LOTR, so: I’ve seen the first 2 episodes. I had been skeptical…but I was very pleasantly surprised. It is actually good! Very good! Visuals & tone are just right. IMO, a great addition to the Tolkien world.”
Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction TV praised its production value and world building, stating “#TheRingsOfPower is truly an impressive feat. All the money is on the screen thru its impeccable production design, costumes & FX. Manages to wield the power of Tolkien’s fantastic world building while making unique & stunning touches of its own. Wonderful character work, too!”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power debuts on 2 September 2022 on Prime Video. Have a look at the newest trailer below.