the rings of power finally pleases the audience with an episode 6 full of action and an exploration of darkness somewhat unheard of in any audiovisual adaptation of Tolkien’s stories that has been seen. After many promises, the series delivers seventy minutes where there is little room for dialogue, but a brilliant suspense construction between battle sequences, blood and a lot of fantasy violence.
In that sense this episode felt like something akin to Game of Thrones, with a well-known structure, but very effective. Even with certain remnants of the great fight of The two Towers. An opening that is a song of war; a sequence full of sorrow in anticipation of the battle; an armed conflict divided into two parts where the sides quickly change their numbers on the scoreboard; and finally a surprise twist that closes the chapter with one of the best cliffhangers that the series has had so far.
The person in charge of building it is the Franco-Swedish director Charlotte Brändström, based on a script in which many hands were involved; creators John D. Payne and Chris McKay, along with Justin Noble and Nicholas Adams. The five creators take Tolkien’s stories to do with it an exploration of the enemy as has rarely happened in any adaptation of these stories.
The most interesting part of the episode does not come primarily from its raucous action and suspense. But because of the notes he makes about the servants of evil and their place in the world. From the beginning we see the dark elf Adar (Joseph Mawle) digging in the earth with his hands to insert some seeds. Later Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova) relates that it is a tradition of the elves to sow before the battle. It is explained as the imposition of life in the face of death.
The episode does not expressly refer to this fact, but later Adar has a conversation with another character where he explains that his main motivation is to claim his right to exist. Thus the series explores the origins of the orcs and introduces us to one of those first elves of creation who were corrupted by Morgoth.
Adar is therefore one of the most interesting villains we have seen in the stories of Middle-earth. Not only because of the great performance of Joseph Mawle, but because once again the series shows us a character with a certain depth that can be well understood despite his villainous purposes.
History assigns a place to the orcs within creation and the various races of Middle-earth. Although they were designed by a being of darkness, however, after Morgoth’s defeat, the race continues to exist and find its place. Adar relates that he has cast aside Sauron and his plans, in order to protect his children. Proof of this is the first wave of attacks where he sends mostly humans, thus leaving the manifesto that he will sacrifice the meat of others rather than his own. Has the series made the public feel compassion for a disowned and always wandering race?
The face to face between Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Adar is interesting. His conversation quickly changes the favor of the audience. If in the last episode the elf admitted the inherent darkness of her person, here the corrupted elf makes her notice from the first moment. The script of the series establishes a brilliant parameter where the enemies now have a much more important depth and intelligence than that of simple evil envoys, clumsy and caricatured.
The circle of reflection of the orcs closes when we understand why Adar also sowed its seeds. His purpose is not to annihilate for annihilation’s sake, but simply to survive. Behind all the orchestration and construction of past episodes, here we finally see the culmination of his plan. Which may be the origin of the mythical dark land known to all as Mordor.
The scene takes place after a brilliant turn in the action. And of those this episode has several. For weeks, fans have complained about the series being overexposed to situate plots and characters. But episode 6 of the rings of power It proves that all this was something necessary, that without a doubt it was worth it.
Uruk it is above all an episode given over to action. The small pauses that exist in the rhythm are equivalent to dramatic constructions that reinforce the subsequent sequences. Once again the budget of the series is noticeable when the battles are perfectly choreographed and designed to carry a certain emotional charge.
The danger feels latent. Regardless of whether the protagonists are known, the viewer fears for them at all times. Which proves two things; that the action is perfectly executed; and that in the end, the construction of characters in past episodes yielded the expected results.
The previous chapter culminated in the departure of the Numenoreans to Middle-earth. And this episode wastes no time using them for battle. Perhaps your arrival feels a bit rushed. But the structure of the episode and its setting of the action more than makes up for that little detail.
Even the series is allowed to make some winks. There is an exhilarating horse chase that reminds us of the great scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where Arwen flees from the Nazgul. Another is when Arondir tries to destroy the enemy’s weapon to no avail. A deliberate echo of the impulsive Gimli who intends to destroy the One Ring with his axe.
Also, Theo’s (Tyroe Muhafidin) obsession with the broken dark sword is similar to the need for belonging that many experience with the ring created by Sauron. All of the above are not just references, but teasers that show us the ways in which the enemy operates with his artifacts and his ability to corrupt others. An enemy that remains hidden and has become the most entertaining puzzle in the series.
with every episode the rings of power he earns his place in the world of television. Uruk is an exceptional display of fantastic drama and powerful action that explores the enemy in a way rarely seen in Tolkien adaptations. There wasn’t even time to see the Fuzzys, the elves and the dwarves. Presumably all the towns will be found in the remaining two episodes. The same ones that will arrive on Fridays at Amazon Prime Video.
Luis Angel H Mora My Hogwarts letter never came, so I focused my life on movies. I like to write, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and parties where I wear an astrologer. John Williams and The Killers musicalize the drama of my life.