Michael Nordine author “The Rings of Power” has been visually arresting since its first moments, but never has that beauty been as haunting as it is in “The Eye.” Beginning just moments after last week’s cliffhanger, the first season’s penultimate episode opens on the immediate aftermath of Mount Doom’s inaugural eruption: Everything that isn’t on fire is covered in ash, Isildur’s friend Ontamo (Anthony Crum) has perished in the blast and the sky itself has turned a volcanic shade of orange.
Though we can be sure most of the principal characters have survived, Isildur is missing and the body count is devastating. Good always triumphs over evil in “Lord of the Rings,” but the obvious fact that “Rings of Power” is a television series carries with it a not-so-obvious implication that’s becoming clearer each episode: With the end much further away than it would be in a movie, evil is sure to log a number of brutal victories along the way.
The desolation wrought by Mount Doom becomes even more stark following an abrupt transition to the hobbitses’ migration after a one-episode hiatus.
It’s a perilous trek to be sure, but the peaceful, verdant land they’re traversing is a stark contrast to the one we’ve just witnessed — until it isn’t.Read more on variety.com