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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Marmaduke » 9 September 2022, 11:56

Wow, Episode 3 really jumped into the big foreboding characters. Númenor is a real visual treat though, and it’s such nice attention to detail that all the architecture and colour palettes fit so cohesively with Peter Jackson’s Gondor.

I’m even starting to be able to get past Lenny Henry and just see the character, though those harfoots are surpringly cut-throat bunch. Do we think that’s Gandalf? I think it’s maybe a bit too obvious, but also super obviously is? Dunno. Hope so.

Also, Halbrand is deffo going to be a big arc if this goes across a few series. He’s gonna be the anti-Aragorn. Reclaimer of a birthright, but turns evil, gets a ring of power and eventually becomes one of the Nazgûl.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Severelius » 9 September 2022, 13:50

I thought they'd hit peak visual design and grandiose reveal with Khazad-Dum. Then this episode with Númenor... holy god. You can definitely see how this show cost so much, because jesus.

I don't think the Stranger is Gandalf. I won't be surprised if it does turn to out to be Gandalf, but I kind of don't want it to be. I feel like he should be logically one of the other wizards that we don't know shit about. But I'm also basically expecting it to be Gandalf because name recognition. The big twist would be if it turns out to be Saruman instead.

My biggest problem with this show so far is just the same fate that awaits every prequel. In that we know how a lot of this will end in the grand scheme of things. They're making a big deal out of what's happening in the Southlands but... we know how that goes. So there's little drama in the storyline about potentially trying to stop that danger.

Also, is my understanding of the timeline of Middle Earth completely fucked or is it weird that Isildur is a character in this? I feel like it's probably be misremembering or misunderstanding the timeline somehow, but it kept nagging at me.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Magic J » 9 September 2022, 14:15

Severelius wrote:Also, is my understanding of the timeline of Middle Earth completely fucked or is it weird that Isildur is a character in this? I feel like it's probably be misremembering or misunderstanding the timeline somehow, but it kept nagging at me.

I think you're correct, they said they'd be squashing the timeline. Isildur lived for, I think, a couple hundred years at the end of the Second Age and beginning of the Third Age (indeed, he ushered in the Third Age by felling Sauron). I'm pretty sure the Rings were made long before Isildur's birth. It's been a long time since I've cracked open my Tolkein Illustrated Encyclopedia, though, so could be wrong. :P
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Severelius » 9 September 2022, 19:30

In light of recent events I'm kind of tempted to give The Crown another go. I never did get far into it the first time.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby René » 9 September 2022, 22:26

Severelius wrote:In light of recent events I'm kind of tempted to give The Crown another go. I never did get far into it the first time.

I do recommend it.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Marmaduke » 23 September 2022, 08:23

I thought “you’re not a peril” was ham-fisted foreshadowing, but then this episode really beat me around the head with it. I guess now we know why the Harfoots are so front and centre in the narrative; the stranger is Sauron.
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