The Lord of the Rings: the Amazon series is very disappointing and the writers are aware of it
After review bombing and mixed reviews of early episodes of The Rings of Power, the writers admit that the Amazon series isn't great.
While the Amazon series is nearing the end of its first season, the reviews collected episode after episode are not exactly brilliant. After having suffered a spectacular review bombing by fans and a rather lukewarm press, the red alert for Black Mordor in episode 6 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerhas just started the second before its last two episodes.
In any case, the feedback is nowhere near as positive as its direct competitor House of the Dragon. Reactions that must have saddened the entire team of enthusiasts behind the project. However, the two screenwriters, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who direct the series admitted during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that they were aware that the series was – for now – well below expectations.
A story they wrote with all the love in the world (be sure). However, the colleagues were at their first attempt(a daring bet) which would potentially explain the clumsiness of writing and the overall lack of rhythm that the series accused. Still, the writers have expressed themselves on the opinions of fans and are fully aware of what is being said about their baby:
“Some people had great things to say about the pilot and the second episode, and some people didn't have great things to say, but I hope they stick around to see the […] There are things that didn't work so well in the first season that would have worked better in a smaller series.”
The friends also explained that everything that was discussed about the series on the networks had also been brought up in the writing process. The two men therefore found themselves in the words of their detractors and admitted to understanding them in some way. To reassure the people, they assured that the first season will improve as it goesthat she would progress. And we want to believe them since the sixth episode is the best rated so far (to see for episode 7).
One thing is certain , the authors realized that some things couldn't possibly work in a project as ambitious as this one. Faced with this failure, the duo promised to take into account public feedback and this first experience as screenwriters. They claimed to have learned great lessons that they would already be applying on the set of the second season.
And a priori, in order to avoid a new pitfall, this season 2 will be “bigger and better… at all levels”, according to their precision . So we can only hope that the two J.R.R. Tolkien fans are telling the truth. To find out for sure, you'll have to watch the last two episodes that the serial production will offer on Amazon Prime Video.