With Amazon’s live-action bastardzation of JRR Tolkien’s seminal fantasy works underachieving by nearly every metric, a new rumor suggests the company will “repeat” Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for its second season – starting with the cancellation of current showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay.
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Word of this change was first proposed by a prominent film critic, industry insider, and Danger movie founder Chris Gore when he appeared on the 314th episode of the YouTube live streaming show Midnight’s Edge in the Morning.
Discussing the series’ first season finale with a panel that day, Gore was finally asked by host Andre Einherjar, “What have you heard from your peers in the industry, everybody . therefore caught by The Circles of Power as the showrunners suggest we should be?”, the critic retorted, “Uh, no.”
In fact, Gore said, not only were his industry contacts unimpressed with season one, but the reception to it was so overwhelming that Amazon had to steer clear of a course right for season two.
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“I heard from someone who has a connection at Amazon that – if you want to know – effectively, they are going to retool,” he explained. “And [Payne and McKay] they are not to be publicly burned, but their duty will be reduced.”
“Maybe just stay in the writers’ room,” he said, “but my understanding is they’re looking for more experienced showrunners.”
To this end, Gore explained that Amazon is “very aware of the problems” before noting that while “what they say publicly,” there is also “what they actually do behind the scenes”.
“And what they are doing behind the scenes,” he said then, “are they insisting that this was more of a failure than expected. “
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As for what caused the company to apparently sit up and merge, Gore speculated that there were three main reasons for this change.
“I think the main thing is the quality of the show,” he said first. “[Audiences are] like ‘Why am I still watching this? This is sleepy.”
“The second thing is the total rejection from fans,” he said then. “I can’t believe it… there must be very few people who still love it.”
“And thirdly, direct competition from House of the Dragon,” he concluded. “Even as pre-seed and post-seed [of the show’s airing]it started earlier and it ends later [thus keeping it in viewers’ consciousness for a longer period of time]”.
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While it may be years before Gore’s speculation is fully confirmed or denied, the series’ current shockingly low scores on review sites Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes make it clear that something to do if Amazon hopes to justify its $1 billion. lord of the rings investment.
As for writing, The Circles of Power currently holds a 2.5/10 overall rating over 2422 on the old site:
While on the latter, 35548 fans have left the series with a satirical average of 39% “Rotten”.
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Clearly, even without going into the great waves of conversation about honoring Tolkien’s work or the team and teams insulting the author’s fans, the series to land with the viewers.
And while some may feel entitled to celebrate its 71/100 and 85% ratings from critics, those numbers seem suspect due to Amazon Studio Boss Jennifer Selke herself admitted that they censored reviews from critics who had “opinions that. we would not support”, which shows a clear insight into the sentiments expressed by those published reviews.
Additionally, Amazon tried to sway public opinion of the series in their favor, namely The Circles of Power still maintaining such a low audience score speaks volumes to just how few audiences really enjoyed this dynasty tour.
The entire first season of Amazon Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power now streaming on Prime Video.
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