On the box: Rings of Power needs to get up to speed soon, while North Sea Connection’s woes are strangely appealing

The MEGABUCKS fantasy prequel The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Amazon Prime) got off to a rough start.

The ost critics, including this one, have been supportive of the first two episodes. Viewers have more mixed opinions.

And of course, internet trolls have been doing what internet trolls have always done: flooding various sites, including Rotten Tomatoes and Amazon Prime’s site, with negative reviews, many who came from racists annoyed by black faces in the cast, to artificially lower the series’ rating.

As pathetic and depressing as all of this is, it will always happen. It didn’t take long to activate these idiots, so far Rings of Power do not do any favors by yourself.

It’s true that it has everything you’d expect a fantasy series predicted to cost a billion dollars to have.

It’s epic in scale, visually stunning, and boasts an array of vibrant, colorful characters.

What is clearly missing, however, is any kind of motivation; it lacks speed and a little oomph.

You can accept building a new world from scratch (Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel is the only character from LOTR books it can draw) takes time, but three volumes in, it still feels winding and short on thrills.

There’s no indication that the various plot lines will converge any time soon, and it’s hard to discern exactly what’s at stake at the moment.

It didn’t help that the Harfoots, the forerunners of the Hobbit, played by Sadoc Burrows, the elder of Lenny Henry, all spoke the hokey Irish accent. It was an odd and unpleasant creative decision.

I really want to Rings of Power to succeed, at least to annoy the obstinate, and I still find that extremely appropriate Dragon’s Housebut unless it starts moving – and soon – that goodwill is in danger of running out.

You can’t accuse North Sea Connection (RTÉ1, Sunday) of the lack of speed. It is moving according to a good clip. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go far in the direction of convincing.

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The Kennys, who are said to have fished in the local waters for decades, sound as if they emerged from different wombs in different parts of the country, none of which are Galway.

The characters are largely cliché. Stuart Graham, the well-spoken drug dealer, Quinn was supposed to be intimidating; what really stirred him was the silvery smugness of a prosperous lawyer.

The character will look more like holding a golf club at home than a Glock.

Quinn’s companions Bryan and Evie (Gavin O’Connor and Lynn Rafferty, who display her bad temper by scowling, rolling her eyes, and aggressively smoking cigarettes) are cartoon buffs. Figure. Interestingly, these two roam this quiet community and openly brandish guns around.

None of the locals noticed? Come to think of it, there didn’t seem to be any locals paying attention to this strange settlement.

As the tough captain Ciara, Lydia McGuinness’s entire repertoire consists of snapping tantrums, growling, and telling everyone to act – except when she gets annoyed with teammate Shane (Dónall Ó Héalai). ).

Many horror storylines depend on characters doing Very Stupid Things. Stepping forward, Ciara’s brother is Aidan (Kerr Logan), who takes them down in the whole mess.

Aidan needs to remove all traces of the 4×4 belonging to Quinn’s henchman, who was thrown overboard by Ciara and Shane last week.

Who did he give the job of taking it to the wrecker’s yard?

It’s none other than annoying surfer romantic Lenny (Ryan Donaldson), who can barely get out of bed in the morning and quickly hops on a ride.

Worst of all is Garda Sergeant Egan (Denis Conway), a lazy farmer headbutting a no-nonsense Swedish detective Tuva Pallson (Alida Morberg), himself a piece of cardboard glued together from pieces. paper by Saga Norén and Sarah Lund.

It’s the depravity of the series that makes it so strangely appealing to watch.

LABEL OF GOD: LABEL OF POWER 3/5

THE NORTH SEA
CONNECTION 1/5

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