Over a week after the season 1 finale aired, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Honest Trailer mocks the show’s many subplots. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and their appendices, the Prime Video series chronicles the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth when evil is beginning to rise in the far reaches of the kingdom, thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings. Rings of Power has been largely praised by critics for its opulent production value and heartfelt rendering of Middle-earth.
The audience response to Rings of Power, on the other hand, has been an entirely different story. Shortly after its premiere, Rings of Power was review-bombed by disgruntled fans, some of them taking issue with the show’s diverse cast. There is also a faction of faithful Tolkien fans who have more legitimate issues with the show’s deviation from the source material and other issues pertaining to the story, acting, and pacing. A common criticism of Rings of Power season 1 is that it is overstuffed with too many subplots.
Now, shortly after season 1 wrapped up, Screen Junkies has released their Rings of Power Honest Trailer. The parody video mocks the many subplots present in the Lord of the Rings show from the Mines of Moria to the secret underground tunnels in the Southlands. It also points out how many of the side plots have « copy and paste » side characters that are all « rebellious teenage kids, » such as Isildur, Elanor, and Theo. Watch the Honest Trailer above.
With Rings of Power season 1 laying the foundation for several side plots, it’s unlikely they are abandoned in season 2 in an attempt to streamline the show. Rings of Power is an incredibly ambitious series, perhaps to a fault, that is attempting to condense about 3000 years worth of Middle-earth history into a single period of time. With that in mind, season 2 should continue covering major events such as the forging of the Rings of Power, Sauron’s rise, and the fall of Númenor with many subplots sprinkled in between.
Furthermore, creators J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have already said that negative fan feedback won’t have any impact on the future of the show. Therefore, don’t expect Rings of Power season 2 to abandon side plots or streamline the show in an attempt to placate fans. While it remains to be seen how The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2 continues to juggle its many storylines, it’s reassuring to know the showrunners have an overarching plan and the confidence to stick to it.
Source: Screen Junkies