The highly anticipated Amazon Prime series, Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power, recently hit the streaming platform. And just a day after the release, Amazon suspended user reviews on The Lord Of The Rings prequel series. The prequel series currently has a 36 per cent average audience score on film and television aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. With the suspension of the ratings, many are wondering if the streaming platform made the move to avoid negative reviews.
Many viewers had also noticed there were 0 reviews on the Amazon Prime Video listing as the first two episodes of the Lord Of The Rings prequel were set to stream. However, the Lord Of The Rings prequel series currently has an imposing Tomatometer score of 84 per cent by critics with an audience score of just 38%. Many reviewers pointed out the diversity of the cast and their dislike for the female protagonist Galadriel as the reasoning behind their low rating.
Meanwhile, fans took to social media as they were left underwhelmed by the newly released first two episodes, set within the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events shown in both ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings books. The Rings Of Power is set thousands of years before the main events of The Lord Of The Rings books and movies.
The series explores an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power released two episodes on September 2 on Prime Video. The remaining seven episodes of season 1 will debut every Friday.
The series has already been renewed for a second season, but that instalment does not have a release date. Season 1 features an ensemble cast including, Benjamin Walker as the Elven High King Gil-Galad, Morfydd Clark as young Galadriel, Robert Aramayo as young Elrond, Charles Edwards as the Elven prince Celebrimbor, Owain Arthur as the Dwarven prince Durin IV and Maxim Baldry as Isildur.