I have seen other reviews and wasn’t going to watch it. But whatever, it’s not like they are destroying one of the great foundational pieces of fantasy literature of the English language…
I have to admit, it was pretty hard getting past the fact that there seem to be only 2 married couples in the series so far, and one “very close” couple, and they are all mixed race. Really, a community of less than 20 families has enough genetic diversity to have black “hobbits” represented? And I think I recall something about Dwarf women NEVER being seen, but this series decided that Durin’s wife needed to be a leading character. Why exactly? Besides a role for an ugly black woman, what does her character add? Do I really need to have my personal lack of Diversity and Inclusion rubbed in my face every time I turn on entertainment delivery? Isn’t it enough that all my commercials have erased people like me as potential customers?
The lead role obviously goes to Galadrial. She somehow manages to pull off full bitch face for 400 years. No wonder her people mutinied and sent her to the “West”.
I can’t help but think that the death of an Elf is somehow more tragic than the death of a human, since elves are losing so many centuries of live and humans only lose 5 decades before they start to decay anyway.
Naturally, the scenery, animation, graphics, and music are every bit as good as the Jackson version of Lord of the Rings.
There seems to be quite a bit of foot dragging on the script. Lots of character development in a multitude of locations that don’t seem to be leading anywhere or contributing to the story.
The Harfoots are obviously supposed to be the hobbit ancestors, yet if all their female children are obstinate adventurers, how do the Hobbits ever get the reputation of staying in their own places and never going out? It was such a scandal when Bilbo did it, but it seems the Hobbits have had such people since the beginning.
I am guessing the old guy is supposed to be Gandalf incarnation. What sort of half -baked idea was it to put him on the Earth naked and with his brain missing, like a stroke survivor learning to talk again? When he returned to Earth after fighting the Balrog, he could speak and fight, and, more importantly, contribute to story progress.