‘The Rings of Power 1×04: and its difficulty in covering the breadth of its story

For its fourth chapter, The Rings of Poweron Prime Video, points to a tragic future. Miriel, the queen regent of Númenor, is facing what seems to be an imminent cataclysm. It is announced by her dreams, restless and frightening, in which the sea ends up devastating the enclave completely Also, the signs around him.

The people of the mighty island are increasingly divided, amidst hubris and the trace of a poisonous darkness. The land that the gods gave to men after defeating Morgoth has forgotten its past.

Also the fragile convictions that sustained the collective spirit collapse with terrifying rapidity. Númenor is convinced that his preponderance, power and influence are unbeatable. At the same time, he is sure of the key element symbolized by his maritime fleet, with a reach that dazzles the rest of Middle-earth.

So his ancient alliance with the elves and his bond with the gods seem distant, unimportant. Slowly, The Rings of Power begins to show the subterfuges of a looming disaster but whose motive is not yet entirely clear.

Is it a natural disaster on the verge of something more complex? The series, which shows the risk to one of the central places in Tolkien mythology, does not go into too much detail. Despite the fact that it is one of the best known stories in the appendices and the total work it attempts to tell. Perhaps, that is one of the most notorious problems of the script of the fourth episode.
The Rings of Power, Galadriel

The Rings of Power and its inability to tell the story that sustains it.

With enormous interest in the future of Númenor, the big question, which the narrative fails to answer, is what is the lurking danger? The Rings of Power has obvious difficulties in interweaving the enigmatic background of the story with the rarefied political climate it depicts.

Between the two, Galadriel’s struggle to convince the Dúnedain of the danger to the south appears insubstantial and baseless. After all, these are hasty deductions or so the series shows based on old unsubstantiated clues. How can the Elf Lady prove the physical reality of an enemy that was presumed dead or, at worst, harmless? The story ups the ante on the tension but there are no real points to delve into.

How to narrate Galadriel’s deductions based on what seems like abstract intuition? Enraged and isolated, the diatribe of the Elf Lady against the queen regent lacks force and solemnity. Specifically, because the script fails to show the real urgency that drives Valinor’s daughter. Does she perceive Sauron as a spectral presence in Auge? I was blind, this is not a symbol, it is the map of a large-scale plan the character explained in the third chapter.

But in the fourth, the perception about her wisdom-the fruit of the Ages, experience, and battles-is overlaid by the need to impose her judgment. Before, we elves and the inhabitants of this island fought together, can’t it happen again? he asks with a youthful impatience. One that, moreover, encompasses an unnecessary confrontation with power. If before Galadriel’s impulsiveness was an element that defined her spiritual strength, in the new episode it seems only weakness.

👉You might appreciate  Kingpin to return in Echo, but in a very surprising state

The Rings of Power difficulty to cover all the stories it outlines

The Rings of Power fails to properly explore the real background of the conflicts it proposes. For the first time, it is clear that the breadth and complexity of the Second Age is perhaps unfathomable for a linear argument. A problem that the production tries to overcome with a dazzling visual section and several winks to anecdotal points of the literary saga.
The Rings of Power, orcs
The feeling becomes more apparent when the script explores the unfinished events in Khazad-dûm. The dwarf kingdom holds a secret. One of such total and transcendental importance as to even risk the lives of the miners of the race. But, again, the script chooses to analyze small events, which try to create an emotional and real connection between the epic and its characters.

Durin IV and Elrond debate the barely sketched mystery what is it that hides the excavations, risks and efforts of the race? The way the script discusses it hints at a looming event familiar to readers. Is it the coming of “Durin’s Damage,” a greater tragedy centuries away that the series hints at almost by accident?

In the end, however, the great revelation refers to the existence of mithril, the mythical metal. that would become legend in the Ages to come. The references become confusing, excessive and unnecessary. To the extent of turning the friendship between the elf and the dwarf into unintentional comic relief. However, Khazad-dûm’s plot is of no major importance, nor does it provide information or sustenance to the main seasonal conflict.

Halbrand, the supposed lost king and the questions around him

In the mythology written by Tolkien, Sauron is the great responsible for the fall of Númenor. He not only managed to manipulate the king and his subjects to confront the Valar. He also instigated them for a violent attack against Valinor. All this, after having been taken prisoner on the island in full confrontation of its inhabitants against the darkness.

Halbrand, the man from the south with no past and, still, suspiciously anonymous, Seems to fit Tolkien’s descriptions of a Sauron in human form. Much more so, when the character caused his imprisonment and, for now, is trapped on the island in the midst of internal conflicts. But the series, which plays with its secrets with a clumsy pulse, insists that Galadriel be the one to carry out the most hasty deduction. “There is no king in your country, since you are the king,” the Elf Lady insists. The assertion, without further depth, is another of the many unexplained events in a chapter full of them.

Of course, the clues are too many to suspect Halbrand as an incarnation of Sauron. But they are constructed with so little intelligence and solidity that the plot shows them as another of the many false clues without resolution. In Númenor, power and destiny converge in what seems to be an inevitable cataclysm. Nevertheless, Halbrand remains an obscure and largely uninteresting spot.when it should be just the opposite.

In the lands of the south, the darkness has come

The Rings of Power, Halbrand
“Adar” is the Elvish word for “father.” It is what the orcs call the haughty, pale creature who, of course, seems related to Sauron. But Arondir, survivor of the massacre that blinded the lives of his troop, finds that. Adar is an unexplained mystery. An elf who treats the monsters around him with compassion and respect. Slow-spoken and elegant.

👉You might appreciate  Rogue Squadron film directed by Patty Jenkins reportedly cancelled

Still, what could be a hint of the central villain’s plans or how evil is incarnated becomes a weak plot twist. “The lie has been told so many times, even the stones and rivers believe it,” says Adar. “I will let you go with a message,” he then adds as he releases Arondir, making him the bearer of an unsettling announcement. That’s what the plot suggests, though, in the end, the series again saves the revelation for a more ideal moment. which one? There are no answers for that.

It is not clear what Adar’s intentions are, his nature or provenance. Nor, the dark treasure that Theo, Bronwyn’s son, found and which marked him as an unwitting ally of Sauron. Strangely enough, it is in the sequence showing the southern peoples that the existence of the corrupted Maia is first admitted. Even more singularly, he is related to the stranger who roams Middle-earth in the company of the hairy ones. “I have seen the signs, it has fallen from the sky, Sauron is already here”says in a low voice a character, fascinated by the sinister portent.

It is evident that the series tries to make Sauron’s identity the great mystery of the season. But it does it so clumsily that the information on the subject ends up disintegrated, without logic or sense. Much more, when the clues about his power are ambivalent, fragile and disorderly. A mistake that the script should correct in the next four chapters, crucial for the coherence of the story.

Try Amazon Prime Video fully free for 30 days and enjoy the complete catalog of the platform without limits. Just by registering you will have instant access to the best movies and series, in addition to free shipping on Amazon and other benefits.

An adventure to nowhere in The Rings of Power

So far, the series The Rings of Power narrated the general context in which the central story of its premise will take place. A look not only at the geography of Middle-earth, but also at its races and the conflicts that bind them together.

But for its mid-season, the production’s story line seems to be losing steam and, in fact, offers its least interesting chapter. The reason? The script’s insistence on recounting the particulars of the huge mythology on which it is based without much significance. In an increasingly complicated story, with no real substance to the central narrative.

In the end, there is a quest to be accomplished and, of course, Galadriel will lead it. Standing in an unlikely stroke of fate, she is about to face her bitterest enemy. That is, if she’s not in fact walking away from Númenor to leave behind the threat she seeks, hidden in flesh and blood.