Caution: spoilers ahead.
After two weeks of solid episodes, but with a strong feeling of fillers, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ returns with one of the best chapters of the season so far. After all, the newest iteration not only continues the multiple plots presented, but answers some questions and brings incredible revelations that keep us glazed from beginning to end and that make us wonder what the next few weeks await.
As already mentioned in previous texts, one of the most cohesive and involving plots is the one between the dwarf prince of Khazad-dûm, Durin IV (Owain Arthur), and the haughty elf architect Elrond (Robert Aramayo). And, after being introduced to their troubled friendship, it’s remarkable how the show’s creators put more effort into exploring this incredible and chemistry-filled relationship: to say that Aramayo and Arthur do a spectacular job is just a modest way of praising them. them; in the end, it would not be possible to worry about developing them without haste and within their peculiarities. In the previous chapter, Durin made Elrond swear to secrecy about the discovery of mithril and now the elf finds himself at an impasse between breaking his friend’s trust or being one of those responsible for the downfall of the elven race and the destruction of the light.
Although the plot in question has enough time to win us over, it is not the only one to be brought to the small screen – and, perhaps, the recovery of the rhythm and structural balance is just a taste of what we may see in the future. In addition to Elrond and Durin, we have Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) demonstrating her skills as a warrior and facing the obstacle of conquering the humans of Númenor who despise her and convincing them to travel to Middle-earth to fight the forces of darkness. Galadriel even stars in one of the best choreographed sequences that brings us back to the nostalgia of the original trilogy of Peter Jacksonhaving fun on the scene alongside the Númenórean soldiers and enjoying chilling moments with Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) e Elendil (Lloyd Owen).
We also have the return of Bronwyn (Don’t know Boniadi) and Arondir (Ishmael Cruz Cordova) fighting the orcs that have taken over the Southern Lands and that, led by the mysterious Adar (Joseph Mawle), issue an ultimatum to those trying to flee a fate worse than death. Even with less fury than expected, the explosive contrast between the two characters is what keeps us interested: Arondir is a devotee of hope and an optimistic herald of how to face the most diverse problems, while Bronwyn seems to accept that he has nowhere to go. flee and that, because it is human, it is liable to mistakes and to surrender to evil in the blink of an eye. That’s where young Theo (Guardian of Tyroe) rises as a point of austerity, bringing together the best of both worlds so that victory is certain and your enemies defeated.
Despite the considerable improvement, there’s one addiction that refuses to leave the show’s side – and that addiction revolves around Nori’s arc (Markella Kavenagh) and the mysterious giant that fell from the sky (Daniel Weyman). In this episode, they actually have a greater role, but they are thrown into supporting roles when juxtaposed to the other characters: of course, the candid scenes between the two are great and take our breath away at one point or another, but the story seems to be taking too long to unfold – and hopefully that will change soon, especially with the dubious appearance of a trio of what appear to be witches or white witches in search of the strange.
The series remains within a grandiose and epic visual spectacle, courtesy of a creative team that never loses its grip. However, one of the elements that captivates us the most is the anthemic and powerful soundtrack of Bear McCrearywhich had been underestimated until then: the composer distances himself as much as he can from the conventionalisms found in productions of the genre, however, he does not fail to pay tribute to Howard Shore with an impeccable arrangement of stringed instruments and an ethereal celebration of things to come. In the final minutes, the song manages to achieve applaudable synesthetic perfection and functions both as a conclusion and a fresh start.
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ returns with enormous force and paying more attention to the mistakes he made in the previous weeks. The fifth chapter recovers what was cultivated in the double premiere and enters, at least for now, a testamentary and honorable character to the writings and legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien (who, without a doubt, would be quite proud of the episode).