The Rings of Power Episode 5 Review - A lackluster episode that feels more like filler
As the Rings of Power passes the halfway mark this week, the fifth episode titled "Partings" and directed by Wayne Che Yip is underwhelming.
The plot points we saw explored in the previous episode are mostly rehashed and the only additions being Elrond convening his friend Prince Durin to let the elves use Mithril and what appears to be a group of 3 wizards on the trail on the stranger who fell from the sky.
Adar is marching his army of Orcs to attack the humans who have taken refuge in the tower, the show still toys with the fact whether or not Adar is Sauron most likely to create a sense of suspense but this always falls flat as it feels forced.
Isn't trying to do this, the show should just introduce Sauron and explore his character which has not been done other than in the books and would be interesting to watch and be unique to the show.
When you already have a well-established and well-received villain why not utilize them, instead of saving them for the end, this is the same thing that a lot of Star Wars movies and series did with Darth Vader till recently.
When they realized that fans wanted to see him have more screen time that an extended cameo, we got him to play a significant part in the recent Obi-Wan Kenobi series which is considered to be one of the highlights of the show.
With just three episodes reaming the next episode looks a lot more promising as the promo for the next episode showed footage from an actual clash between the forces of men and the orcs.
From a technical standpoint, the quality in this episode when comes to direction, cinematography, production, and visual effects remain top notch with the only thing holding it back being the writing.
The only other noticeable flaw was a fight scene in which Galadriel was fighting with young Númenor soldiers in order to train them, this felt poorly chorgra[hed and badly shot, hopefully, it will be a lot better when the actual fighting stars.
Overall the fifth episode feels like something that even if you didn't watch the recap section of the sixth episode will catch you up on.
The Rings of Power is streaming on Amazon Prime Video .