Despite a largely positive critical reception for The Lord of the Rings: power rings, Amazon’s new goliath fantasy series is floundering on Rotten Tomatoes with an audience score of just 33% at the time of writing.
Meanwhile, the review score on the popular review aggregation site is a much more impressive 84%.
So why the disparity?
power rings may be the latest victim of “review bombardment” – when fanatics flood a show with bad reviews in order to make it less appealing or popular.
The JRR Tolkien-inspired series has already faced racist backlash due to its diverse cast.
An Amazon source said The Hollywood Reporter that reviews on its own site are kept for 72 hours to “help weed out trolls”. However, they later claimed that Prime Video had implemented this policy this summer across all of its shows.
While the original LOTR the films featured no black characters, both power rings and the new game of thrones spin off Dragon House worked to feature more racially diverse casts.
Recalling a conversation he had with Steve Toussaint about casting the actor in Dragon HouseLenny Henry (who plays in power rings) said “purists were saying things” about a black performer featured in the HBO series.
“God bless them,” Henry said. “They have no trouble believing in a dragon, but they have a hard time believing that a black man can be a member of the court. Or that a black person could be a hobbit or an elf.
In his four-star review of the series, Kevin E. G. Perry called it “a spectacle-filled return to a lovingly rendered Middle-earth that promises to deliver a frighteningly grand adventure.”