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Screener Squad: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Series Review


“Well, I’m back”. With this final line spoken by best hobbit all time, Samwise Gamgee (Bilbo Baggins is the runner up), the greatest fantasy trilogy film and novel series came to a satisfying close. Some say however what IPs make money can never truly die. After an alleged $1 billion dollar legal transaction between Amazon and the Tolkien estate, eight episodes over an hour in length each featuring stories from the the appendices of Tolkien lore were forged. The first age of middle earth is over and the dark evil Morgoth has been defeated. The Balrog have fled underground and Sauron the shapeshifting wicked servant of Morgoth has disappeared. The beginning of the 2nd age is at hand. Well, who’s back? Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) is not satisfied with peace in a world of evil lurking in the shadows. She rejects the lands of the undying and vows to hunt down Sauron and make him pay for killing and branding her brother. Also the king of the elves himself Elrond (Robert Aramayo) has returned, and though he’s a lot younger by elven standards he’s just as diplomatic and persuasive as ever. He’ll travel to Khazad-dûm and quarrel with the dwarf prince Durin IV and his wife Princess Disa (Sophia Nomvete). There’s also a slew of new characters like Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova) an Elven ranger with over 200 years of combat, Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) who has an unrequited love for the elf, and her son Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin) who may have chanced upon a dark artifact tied directly to Sauron’s return. Meanwhile, a man has plummeted from the sky with no recollection of self or purpose (Daniel Weyman). This stranger is found by a nomadic group called Harfoots. Nori Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh) befriends the stranger, setting into a motion a call to adventure. Throw in the Númenor and road trip with the boys plot featuring Isildur (Maxim Baldry) with some future king intrigue from handsome faced Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) and you’ve just scratched the surface of this huge ensemble of several intertwining plots. Bradly, Ryan, and Neil discuss their relationship with the long standing works. Ponder how many people makes too many characters for a series, and decide if this is the mythril of epic fantasy or a thousand pounds of fools gold.


CREATED BY: J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay

STARRING: Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Benjamin Walker, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Nazanin Boniadi, Tyroe Muhafidin, Lloyd Owen, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trystan Gravelle, Maxim Baldry, Ema Horvath, Leon Wadham, Owain Arthur, Sophia Nomvete, Lenny Henry, Sara Zwangobani, Dylan Smith, Markella Kavenagh, Megan Richards, Daniel Weyman, Charlie Vickers, Joseph Mawle




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



Ryan Aleck Hill (Screener Squad, Video and Audio editor)

Ryan is a Washington D.C. based filmmaker & video editor who loves watching and talking about movies more than just about anything. He currently works at a creative agency as a director of photography/video editor, and does freelance video editing for Anthony Fantano/TheNeedleDrop. He also has a YouTube channel (Downhill Media) where he works on a weirdo art explainer series called “Artsplained” with his partner Michelle. He was a part of the community way back in the day, where he was cursed with an obsession for movies. In an effort to break the curse, he shows up on the Screener Squad podcast every once in a while and edits for One Of Us. Chris Cox claims that this is the only way it can be broken. You can follow him on Twitter but you’ll probably regret it.



Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)

I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.




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