The Rings of Power Season Finale Review - A by the numbers conclusion to a season that was mostly so-so
The season finale of the first season of The Rings of Power is out and it while well-paced, it isn't the thrilling conclusion I was expecting nor is it terrible, it lies somewhere in the middle just like the rest of the season.
The first season despite playing fast and loose with Tolkien's lore was enjoyable as it teased great things when it started out and by the end while we do get some of what was promised it is not satisfying.
We finally get to know the true identity of Sauron. It was a nice twist but one you see a mile away because the episode takes its time to show Galadriel slowly realizing her mistake instead of a sudden realization.
Which would have been preferred since this is the last episode and the slow reveal wasn't that well-written or directed.
The true identity of the stranger is also revealed and leads to one of the best action sequences in the episode where he takes on the trio of Nomads to protect the Harfoots.
The acting, visual effects, and cinematography for this episode were on point and still remain the highlight of the show.
The problem I have with the episode and in fact, the entire season is that it does feel mostly like set up for future seasons, and while that should be one of the goals of the first season of any sucessfull series it shouldn't be the only one.
The episode ends with Sauron arriving in Mordor and the elves crafting their rings of power, it is clear that the next season will focus on Sauron as he forges the other rings for the Dwarves and Humans.
Overall the last episode titled "Alloyed" and directed by Wayne Che Yip does deliver what it promised but does not satisfy you, like ordering your favorite meal but it arrives cold.
The first season of the Rings of Power is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video .