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  1. Might be but „Commander of the Northern Armies“, a Leader, someone with the responsibility about life and death? Sorry, just don’t buy it. The same way I wouldn’t buy Tom Hanks in the role of The Godfather. Obviously the writing doesn’t help. Those people have no clue about leadership bc no way RoP Galadriel with her compulsive obssesive behavior, not giving a shit about the soldiers she is responsible for, would ever get the position of commanding officer without nepotism…
  2. I can imagine that they‘ll wrap it up in 3, just to avoid the embarrassment and the discussions. Not all is lost. You don’t need 500 Million USD per Season to tell a Great Story.
  3. That would need extremely good writers, preferably with a philosophical understanding about existence and very good actors to pull it off. Difficult but possible. Dune by Villeneuve is proof of that. I know that some in this thread hate to hear it but RoP must be measured against that level, given the resources, not any other TV fantasy show. GoT first season had a budget of approx 80 million, granted 10 years ago. But my goodness… Lena Heady in her sleep will have 10 times the Charisma and Aura Morfydd Clark will ever have. And maybe start casting more globally. So many good actors out there.
  4. The smartest thing Amazon could do is hire new showrunners, get the Creme de la creme of scriptwriters and do a massive recasting: Gil-Galad, Saurbrand, Elendil at least. There is potential for sure that RoP can be more than a bland, generic Fantasy show…
  5. Agreed. The Halbrand actor is a good one but simply not suited for the role he is supposed to play. It’s like with Tom Hanks, great actor but if I want to cast a believable mafia don with sociopathic Charme and frightening aura, he wouldn’t be my first choice. I know I know cliché, but someone like Timothy Chalamet in the role of Saurbrand? Yessssss Or maybe as Elrond or Gil-Galad, doesn’t even matter that much.
  6. Look up Ragnar Lothbrok from Vikings, there is your Sauron. Seems too much money makes lazy. Casting choices for RoP are very questionable.
  7. @Heartofice Your Coronarion Street comparison is spot on, we have (now had) the same format over here: Lindenstrasse. And yes, RoP is the Coronation Street of High Fantasy TV. Given the Budget though, one should have at least expected more „bang for the bucks“: better writing, better actors, greater scale.
  8. Well, at least it’s over. For now. I was watching the series with my GF, who doesn’t read any kind of SFF at all. I think her verdict is pretty spot on: great special effects, cheesy dialogues, cheesy characters (with few exceptions), slow moving plot, sometimes rather boring. She prefers The Witcher. She actually roots now for Adar and his Orcs and she cannot stand Galadriel (insufferable). She likes the dwarves, the only characters together with Adar with a larger than life aura and Charisma. I told her who Elendil, Gil-Galad are supposed to be and she had to laugh. Compared to Ragnar, Bjorn Ironside, Lagertha, Ivar etc (Vikings) the RoP characters (with few exceptions: Adar, Miriel, Durin the Older) give vibes of High School teachers. No aura, no charisma, no commanding presence. It’s an OK show, all in all, maybe in the ballpark of Hellsing, The Witcher, clearly below Vikings. Which would be an OK verdict but not for a show whose first season did cost almost 500 million USD. Given the resources of this Show, the outcome is subpar. The non book reader views it as mostly generic and in two years time, no one except Tolkien fans will care about this stuff. Ragnar from Vikings has 100 times more presence than a demi-god like Saurbrand. Tells it all. Ivar the boneless has 1000 times more evil Charme and aura than Saurbrand. Again, tells it all.
  9. Maybe you should stop fighting windmills then because no one here is doing what you are accusing people of. The thing is actually quite simple: expectations define the relativity of judgements and evaluation. I don’t expect my Sunday league footballer mate to win the champions league, his performances will be naturally judged on a different metric compared to Lionel Messi. This show on its own is „ok“, no worse than say The Witcher, and better than Xenia or Hercules. But neither of these shows had even close to the ressources what RoP has, and that’s not even taking into account that Tolkien‘s creation is one of the most iconic and valuable IPs in the entertainment world out there. The narrative is at best generic and resembles „cheap TV SFF“, the writing is - given the Ressources - extremely subpar. The acting is (with few exceptions) not even close to prime quality. I was watching Vikings, The Witcher, See, Foundation, The Mandalorian in SFF TV and all of these shows have more engaging characters than RoP. Vikings Charakters like Björn Ironside, Ragnar, Ivar the Boneless, Gudrun, Lagerta, etc would eat the RoP cast as midnight snack. That show even had a legend like Gabriel Byrne in its first season. Compared to that RoP is not only not the same ballpark, it’s not even the same game.
  10. I didn’t do what you wrote: calling people who like the show as Amazon shills. I was addressing a specific person and her very aggressive and unwarranted tone towards someone who dares criticize the show. Let’s leave it at that. As I said I don’t care how close the show is to Tolkien. I consider it so far as mediocre in all technical aspects except cinematography and score.
  11. What overdramatic nonsense. The user you replied to was mildly criticizing the series, nothing more. Perfectly fine. Deal with it. I don’t know if you work for Amazon or not but here is the thing: I don’t give two shits how close it is to Tolkien lore or not. I do care though about good story writing, character development, plot development, acting. And this show is at best mediocre in absolute terms which makes it a joke in relative terms: given the available resources. Maybe the first season is all set up and it will get better S2+ but sofar it’s not even close to „being good“.
  12. plus @Kalibuster Thanks both for your answers. I have to admit that I have a love-hate relationship with the US. That’s a bias and as all biases sometimes it can lead to losing perspective. I think it’s about agency. Germany has none, we are a vassal and lapdog of the US and I don’t like it. Take Ramstein for example: biggest overseas military base of the US and command center of 1000s of illegal drone attacks with 1000s of „illegal killings“ (aka murder) around the world and our politicians just turn a blind eye. Maybe our countries agree anyway in 80% of stuff anyway but it doesn’t matter because we cannot form an independent opinion. Or NS2: the way Germany was treated in that regard (by Trump or Biden) was like how parents treat their „naughty“ teenage boy. Even if many people agree in principle, it rubs many in the wrong way. Again, no agency. And with Russia/Ukraine I know firsthand that politicians regardless party and „off the record“ say and believe one thing but would never articulate this „officially“. Take the public bashing of Germany regarding NS2 as an example: how can Biden lecture Germany in public but completely ignore that in 2021 the US itself imported crude oil in worth of roughly 20 billion USD from Russia? Basically the same amount Germany paid for Russian oil and gas (23 billion USD combined).
  13. 1. US, FRA, GER, UK 2. Yes but useless question anyway or we could start a philosophical conversation about what non-contractual promises are worth anyway nowadays. We don’t live in „honor“ societies with duels and shit anymore 3. obviously not 4. 2+4 talks in 1990
  14. Of the Big 3 (US, China, Russia), the U.S. is the „best“, no doubt about it. Though best in this case means a C minus.
  15. First sentence: Jesus…nice equivalence. Buying Gas for heating in winter equaling with selling weapons to a murderous regime. And KSA is not just a business partner, it’s an US lapdog. It’s not about whataboutism, it’s about hypocrisy. Yemen, Myanmar, Syria…wow, nice deflection. Well in the case of Yemen the US could do a lot: call back your lapdog.
  16. Yes they can. What they cannot though is justifying it with morality or democracy.
  17. That is true but the US political elite should eat a lot of humble pie.
  18. No they are not. But the same goes for Yemeni lives (one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes currently in the world according to UN), so please tell your president that he should stop enabling his allies KSA and UAE to bomb the living shit out of them. Interestingly Yemen stopped long ago to be on the agenda of many so called American leftists and „progressive“ media (CNN/MSNBC) or the Democratic Party elite.
  19. This is exactly that kind of nonsense argumentation…where did the poster say what you think he said? Where? „bothsideism“…gimme a break. Some Posters here seem to have very short memories nowadays but for me 2002/03 is like yesterday. I remember very well how everyone who opposed the official US line re: Iraq was denounced, ridiculed, called Saddam lover and worse. I remember how even questioning supposed Saddam/Osama links got you bombarded with insults! The Iraq WMD/Al Qaida propaganda shitshow the US produced will enter the annals of history! Remember Colin Powell and his super sophisticated „analysis“ in front of the UN Security Council? After Iraq, every other, smaller country would have been ostracized for at least 20/30 years but because it’s the US, it was enough to elect Obama and all was good and forgotten. Or as we say in German: Schwamm drüber
  20. Ran, this is not true and a case of intelligence spin-op propaganda from the Brookings institute/CIA/State Department/whatever it seems. Both, the US and Russia are masters in framing and forming the narrative as it suits themselves. A 2014 report from ARD Weltspiegel (ARD is German equivalent to BBC). Minute 2:50, German foreign minister Genscher and Secretary of State Baker are standing before the press and Genscher is saying in clear words: „We agreed upon that there is no intention to increase the NATO defense area towards the East. This is by the way not only valid with regards to the GDR but in general.“ Funnily enough a spokeswoman of the Brookings institute is also part of the report.
  21. Depends…remember the outcry in the Middle East regarding the Mohamed caricatures and the cowardly self-censoring in most Western media later on?
  22. Very good points…so maybe the Numenoreans developed some kind of Avatar TLA style elemental „magical science“ weapons…which indeed would make them absolutely superior. I fathom FMA „transmutation“ magic is a bridge too far though. Thinking…Numenor was famous for its archery, so maybe one has to imagine magically enhanced bows and arrows accelerating the arrows to mach+ bullet speed as an example (and with HEIAP effect just for the sh*t and giggles).
  23. As a side question…though the Numenoreans declined morally and as such also metaphysically (symbolized by shorter life spans later on) they undoubtedly reached their materialistic/technical peak under Ar-Pharazon, so much so that Sauron didn’t believe himself able to defeat them at Umbar in open battle (unfortunately Tolkien later dismissed is original idea of somekind of steam punk civilization, would have been great, just imagine a Numenorean Army with 1860s/70s weapons technology). I always wondered how they would compare with the First Age Elves in Beleriand…
  24. Agreed. And that’s where we must oppose Russia. Ukraine should be free to go her way but bloc-free. Ideally as a bridge between West and East. It doesn’t help that certain hawks still push the EU/NATO narrative. It doesn’t help one iota.
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