I have a confession: I like Ewoks in Capricorn back. I have always been and will always be. I guess that’s partly because I grew up watching the original star Wars The Trilogy and Small Dwellers of Indore are designed to attract children.
It’s also partly a matter of taste. I love rooting the little guy. I also grew up reading the hobbit And the the Lord of the Rings and watch willow And in each of these stories, the little man faces impossible odds, just as the Ewoks did in their guerrilla war against the Empire.
This makes me a natural fan of the nomadic craftsmanship in rings of strength Regardless of their harsh habits. I love Nori and Bobby and this little (mostly) band of funny travelers. And I am very curious about the mysterious stranger and his identity. After the show’s fifth episode, it’s more mysterious than ever.
He and Nouri see him bonding, as she teaches him bits and pieces of her culture, and she tells him about immigration and its dangers. He’s learning to talk and point to himself, pointing out that he’s a danger – he’s one of the big guys after all.
She told him no, he’s a friend. It helps. And it helps him – but that does not mean that it is not dangerous. As the Harfoots make their way through a particularly fearsome forest, they are attacked by three wolves (the wolves look very strange in this show) and Stranger intervenes, throwing one of the charged beasts to the ground. He then slapped the ground with his arm, sending a shocking jolt that blows the wolves back. They overcame a quick retreat.
Stranger’s arm is badly bruised, but he has dealt with the tribe now that they know he is willing to help protect them and has the means to do so. Nuri comes to tell him this and finds him with his arm in a pool of water. Ice forms along it and appears to be in a trance state. He’s speaking a strange language and the words are getting sharper. Nori, somewhat foolishly, puts her hand on his arm and the ice begins to extend into her hand. She screams and pleads in terror, as he shouts louder and louder, completely oblivious to her presence.
Finally, Ice shatters and Nuri rips her hand, turns her tail and runs. The stranger seems a little bewildering. His hand and arm seemed to have healed. This throws it in a more ominous light, but I still don’t agree with Sauron’s theory. I think magic is a frightening, mysterious force and my light simply puts itself in a situation that it shouldn’t go through. He didn’t do anything to her. She placed her hand on him and the ice spread, but that was not his intention. He clearly cares about his young buddies and has put himself in harm’s way to save them.
Which brings us to these creepy-looking characters:
I’ve heard that these are priestesses of Melchor (also known as Morgoth) and part of a cult praising Sauron. If true, it seems that he sent them to go investigate the comet and find who landed it. This goes back to the theory that Sauron and Gandalf got into a conflict and Sauron was the victor, as the sorcerer was thrown to the ground in a ball of fire, and his memories were temporarily lost or mixed up. He sent his servants to find the Istari and presumably captured him. This can also work if it’s a different processor, like one of the blue ones we’ve never had the Lord of the Rings.
Anyway, it looks like some pretty scary hunters will be following the slow-moving Harfoot Caravan, which is exciting and exactly the kind of thing that creates meaningful tension in the show. Basically, this whole story is going really well. I love and care about Nori and Bobby and the Stranger and am very curious where this is all going.
And that’s about the only part of this show that I still enjoy other than Elrond and Durin’s friendship, which remains a highlight. rings of strength Even if it’s all about a little Mithril. . . turning off.
It turns out that Elrond wasn’t just sent to the dwarves to ask them to help build Celebrimbor. The High Elven King, Jill Glad, was actually playing a deeper game, a stunt – hoping Elrond would learn about Mithril and report back to him.
This is it . . . so complicated! If Gilded and Celebrembor already knew about Mithril, why not tell Elrond and ask him to inquire? It seems that the reason they need the precious ore – and not just want it – is that the elves lose their collective wave. It kind of started to rot and soon, they either needed to leave Middle-earth entirely, or find some way to keep their inner elf light alive.
Mithril seems to be the answer to this mystery – although it’s not entirely clear how it all works (it’s magic!) Gil-Galad continues to cement his place as one of the show’s biggest jerks but urges Elrond to break his pledge to Doreen after lying to him about his true mission . Instead, Elrond recognizes Durin and they have a nice, honest conversation like adults.
Bronwyn, Girlboss from Southlands
Honestly, I don’t know what to say about this subplot. It got really bad, which is a shame. She had real potential. Bronwyn as a wizard might make a great adventurous member with Arondir as the elven archer and Theo might be a sign that he’s a budding rogue. But . . .
- Theo is a very obnoxious character at this point. The less you see it, the better. I think it’s interesting that the handle of the sword he found is actually a key, but I think it would have been nice if it was a magical sword.
- Why did they make Bronwyn the leader of the Southern Lands all of a sudden? What experience or qualifications do female healers have who lead soldiers to war? Why give speeches about standing up and fighting? Why would you say to this small gathering of villagers things like “I know I’m not the king you’ve been waiting for”? No crap, lady. You are not a fighter or leader of any kind. You got lucky and killed an orc once. It took Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pepin a full trilogy before they could return to the province and take on the mantle of leaders of their own people who had to fight against Saruman’s persecution. but here in rings of strength There is no time for actual character development!
- Sure enough, half of the people left bending the knee to Adar (who mistook the old dude for Sauron, as if anyone outside the old elves would know who Sauron was after he’d been in hiding for thousands of years). Meanwhile, Adar is fast becoming an animated villain. He made the orc show his arm in the sun popping and burning – orcs are now vampires, apparently. He also makes the old man kill the younger man because there is nothing that binds oath and blood. Boahha!
- Arondir, ah, mostly stands still except when he finds out that the sword’s handle is actually a key. However, it is gratifying that Adar brought him back with his bow and arrows last week. He will have a better time defending the heavily armed city dwellers.
All told, this story exemplifies the problem of speed with power rings. The show leaps forward in big, wobbly strides, giving us the first signs of orcs in one episode and then having us really headed toward an all-out war with a new evil master. We skip all the interesting character development that might happen with a true story in place, and jump quickly into the conflict.
These are exactly the same problems we face, albeit on a larger scale, in Nimenor. . . .
Galadriel, the great galloping Girlboss from Númenor
Did you know that Galadriel can single-handedly fight with the sword against five inexperienced sailors and barely take a scratch?
She totally can. Queen!
Look, I wouldn’t pick Galadriel too much in this review. I made my opinions known about the character. It’s still unbearable and annoying, too serious and boring, and totally wrong with that show but whatever. The problems with her story go far beyond the elf.
Númenor is just a total mess. Again, speed is everywhere. In almost no time, Galadriel persuaded the elves not only to help her out, but to compel her five ships and five hundred men to go with her to the Southlands where she would be crowned their rightful king whom she had just come across on a shipwreck when she was swimming across the ocean after she had changed her mind about going to Valinor, who were saved by Elendil, the man who eventually drove the loyal Nemenorians from their stricken island and founded Gondor.
Yes, Galadriel and her new friend Halbrand, King of the Southlands, were rescued by Aragorn’s great-grandfather in the middle and in the ocean. days Her return home with him persuaded Queen Regent Merrill to go to war with an unknown enemy she had heard from a man she hardly knew.
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Yes, when you write it it sounds really silly, doesn’t it? The sheer level of coincidence involved is annoying.
Despite all the momentum, we spent very little time getting to know these people or the place itself. Númenor is a Generic Fantasy Metropolis reincarnated. Very pretty, sure, but it lacks a sense of the real place. There is a sight of a man paddling his boat in one of the city’s canals and what I remembered most were some of the more elaborate Las Vegas casinos I’ve visited. Númenor feels like a Las Vegas casino, everything is dazzling and plastic.
Her characters are equally shallow. Isildur spent every second on screen getting into some kind of argument with his friends and family and I’m not sure why. He seems to be a very nice guy but the boy is constantly upset with him. When he let a rope slip through it exercise Not only was he fired from the Navy completely, but his two best friends were also fired. In a sane world, this would cause them to feel extremely resentful of the prick that drove them all away. In a crazy world rings of strength That means we got two consecutive episodes of these guys really really angry at Isildur. Elendil is angry with his son as well, and refuses to let him go to Southlands.
So Isildur hides and is nearly burnt to death when Caimen, son of the pharaohs, sets the ship on fire. He is against war (which is understandable) and decides that the best way to deal with it is to, uh, burn the Nimenor Fleet.
Honestly, I get frustrated just to talk about all of this. It hurts to watch the entire Númenor subplot. The characters are constantly fighting. Nobody but Halbrand is likable and it’s mostly just a cliché. Isildur is fine but it’s basically a blank slate–neither good nor bad, remarkably unremarkable, it can be whatever you want it to be, which mostly seems to whip the boy for everyone’s inexplicable anger.
Finally, this ring is mostly about its wheels. Harfoot’s chart has progressed well, but everything else has stalled – after rushing forward in the past few episodes. Now we have three left and I can’t imagine a satisfactory outcome that will get everyone so excited for Season 2, but I could be wrong. I’ll have a more detailed write-up on the many failures of the Niminori plot line soon.
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