Fans of the beloved franchises are eating well right now, with Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, and Game of Thrones all taking over TV screens these days. HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are both powers, and since their release they seem to be directly comparable in many ways, House of the Dragon seems to get a lot more love and attention. During today’s ComicBook Nation, the crew discussed whether releasing The Rings of Power along with House of the Dragon was a mistake, and right now all the fanfare and love of House of the Dragon seems to be affecting the Rings of Power’s resonance and reception.
During the show, I said I feel bad for The Rings of Power every week because I give it so much less attention than House of the Dragon, and that’s because I’m not invested in all the impressive world and building traditions the show has accomplished. Andor also takes his time to flesh out the world, but in its first three episodes, the show still finds time to get you invested in the motivation and journey of the central character, and while I appreciate Rings of Power materializing so much more, I’m still waiting for why I care about all this world-building in the first place. And what is supposed to draw me through this story. This can be frustrating on its own, but these problems only amplify when you have a show that does a better job of it each week working directly against you.
Overlapping things occasionally is one thing, but as I said in the podcast, having it every week and thus becoming a weekly topic doesn’t result in lower grade viewing being any favourite, so while a similar theory shows that supporting each other does happen, these tend to To be the exceptions, not the rule. Looking back, running these shows at the same time seems to have stolen some of the Rings of Power, so while Rings of Power might end up being a great show, scheduling it alongside House of the Dragon was a mistake.
“I have that, too,” Janelle said. “I feel really bad because I feel like I’m not giving proper attention to Rings, but House of the Dragon, this show is so good.”
While Kofi knows the show is a great production and there are many scenes from the previous two episodes that were exciting to watch, it still doesn’t really click like House of the Dragon. “It feels like a Game of Thrones lite, and I know The Lord of the Rings has lasted a lot longer than Game of Thrones ever has, and has a much more global reputation in our culture than Game of Thrones, but I only look as a modern-day TV presenter in the age of broadcasting. , just like… If I didn’t have to do this show, Rings of Power wouldn’t be a date show for me. I would have hooked up to 3 or 4 of those puppies in one feature film one day. It just doesn’t keep up with the House of the Dragon”.
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