The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 2 Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 1 2 dropped at the same time and after watching the second episode, I can see why. If you are new here, then welcome to the episode review of the Amazon show that has finally come to fruition.

As always, be forewarned that there wiill be spoilers up ahead. If you do not want to see any spoilers, then you should stop reading now. While I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, some of them are going to be too big to ignore.  

“Adrift”

In the second episode of the show, we meet the meteor man who crashed.  Nori and Poppy find the meteor man and hide him. Everyone is asking the question “Was meteor man in the books?” As of right now, we have not much to go on to know who meteor man is but his powers, it is pretty likely that he is going to play a major part. 

Galadriel jumped off the boat in the previous episode and by chance, comes across a raft with humans. They are apprehensive of her joining and are shaken up. We learn that they were attacked by a giant worm and as luck has it, the worm returns to destroy the raft. Only Galadriel and Halbrand survive. We learn that Halbrand’s home has been attacked and burned down by the Orcs. 

Arondir decides to go into the tunnels beneath Horden to better understand the situation at hand. He almost dies as he encounters an Orc but is able to escape. Bronwyn returns home to warn every one of the threat but she is not taken serious until she kills an Orc and shows it to the people at the bar. 

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Elrond is hired to do a job that he knows is impossible so he decides to visit the Dwarves and ask his friend Prince Durin IV for help. But Durin is not having it and they break rocks as a challenge. Eventually, Durin forgives Elrong and invites him to his home and finally listens to Elrond’s proposal. 

Commentary

The meteor man story is interesting because we have no idea what is going on but the visuals are great! I expect that story to unfold slowly. There is little to say about meteor man since he isn’t in the books and we have very little to go on. 

Everything is working in Galadriel’s favor it seems. She jumps into the ocean and swims for hours and finds a raft with human survivors. They are mean to Galadriel and that makes their deaths not so bad for the audience… And the icing on the cake is that the one survivor is the one that has encountered Orcs, just the creatures Galadriel has been looking for. The writers were like let’s just get straight to the point and it feels forced. 

Am I the only one that totally forgot about Arondir and Bronwyn? They barely had any screen time even though their story is the one with the most action. Hopefully we see more of them next week. 

We were introduced to the Dwarves for the first time and their home is breathtaking. It is built into the mountain and has a gorgeous waterfall. The inside looks even more amazing. Whereas the Elves are elegant and calm, the Dwarves are boisterous and jubilant. The difference is welcoming and gives the show life. 

Episode two gets the show rolling and it makes sense why they were both released at the same time. The first episode sets up the world building and shows off the beauty of Middle-earth. In this episode, the show focuses more so on the plot as things start to be out into motion.

Conclusion


I enjoyed episode two a bit more and I am curious as to what will happen next. The one thing I will say about the show so far is that there isn’t really a character to root for. That should change in the near future but otherwise, the show is off to a great start!

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