Episode 3 is picking up speed

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After the tough start in the first two episodes, episode 3 of “The Rings of Power” finally skilfully plays to the strengths of the Tolkien universe.


Anyone who has not only seen Peter Jackson’s films but also read Tolkien’s books will find even more points of contact in the recently released third episode of “The Rings of Power” than before. In this way, both the coming events up to the “Lord of the Rings” novel trilogy are mapped out further and a broader look is taken into the past that spans the ages, which Tolkien described extensively in his collection of legends “The Silmarillion”. But even viewers who are not personally familiar with the “Silmarillion” should now be able to delve deeper into the series thanks to Episode 3, because the events are noticeably intensified and some exciting and new encounters take their promising course.

“The Rings of Power” finally with more storyline and better dialogue

Spoilers should of course be avoided in this article, but so much (or little) can be said about the content of Episode 3 that both the orcs and the humans now have a much better face and presence. The overall picture becomes more diverse and the world richer. There are also more points of tension and interesting questions regarding the plot. Similar to a Greek tragedy, as Tolkien basically laid it out in his works anyway, the threads of fate of well-known and newly appeared figures are now interwoven in more complex patterns. The series finally knows how to use the richness of its template more consistently. There are truly enough reference points for Middle-earth connoisseurs. Historical lineages that hung like mighty shadows over the events and characters of The Lord of the Rings trilogy now come alive in The Rings of Power.

Galadriel Elendil Numenor
©Amazon Studios – Galadriel and the humans will have much to do with each other in The Rings of Power

It is just as pleasing that in the course of the condensed narrative, the dialogues also gain in strength and are a lot less rambling than at the start of the series. The orcs in particular, who now appear in person for the first time and also literally have their say, bring a new dynamic to the stage, which can only do the series good. It gets dirtier, it gets rougher and it gets more brutal. Episode 3 also has more to offer in terms of fighting action this time. You shouldn’t expect action fireworks here, because new characters and locations still have to be introduced regularly, which of course requires a somewhat more leisurely pace. But it is precisely in this point that it is just as pleasing how much time “The Rings of Power” takes to introduce and expand its world. An exciting episode finale can also be expected, which of course does not come without a cliffhanger.

The Rings of Power is on the right track

The series also maintains its level in terms of style. Some of the panoramas generated on the computer once again oscillate between imposing and overloaded pomp. But the latter is also due to Tolkien’s pathetic descriptions and can therefore be seen as a legitimate part of the story and world building. On the other hand, the handmade costumes and backdrops are still a great strength of the series, whereby the hairy feet (or hobbits) and the orcs also provide a good plus in atmosphere in this sense.

©Amazon Studios – The orcs make their debut in Episode 3, are visually appealing and add even more excitement

Episode 3 actually manages to further nourish the restrained curiosity that began to bud after the first two episodes. If The Rings of Power continues on this promising path, then season one can only be the beginning of an epic Middle-earth series that many have previously wished for. Of course, there is still room for improvement. The Amazon production has yet to prove itself, especially in terms of character development and in relation to the linking of the various story paths to form a well-rounded whole. But now, after Episode 3 at the latest, the signs are very good that the authors, designers and actors will ideally find the right balance. Because the depth and richness of Tolkien’s template could be a guaranteed sure-fire success if those responsible continue to understand how to draw from it to the right extent in the future.

The review of the first two episodes of The Rings of Power can be found in the following DIGITAL TELEVISION article. The series itself has been exclusive since September 2nd Amazon Prime Video available. The other episodes will always appear there on a weekly basis on Friday nights.


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