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The Rings of Power Review (2022) Episode 8: Sauron's Deception

The last episode of the first airing season The Rings of Power title Alloyed this will answer all the things you thought from the first time watching it. However, the viewer’s opinion may be divided into two. First, the viewers who think that what this series presents is plot twist the great one. Second, the audience can predict the direction of this series’ surprise from the start.

The figure of The Stranger aka a big stranger who is near the Hobbits may actually be made to confuse the audience. However, many people could already guess that he was on the side of goodness. She is Istari, Maiar who was sent to the world. Among the wives we have known are Saruman, Gandalf, Radagast, and two Hunt Witches.

It is not clearly stated who Istari is. However, some clues point strongly to Gandalf. You see, there is a sentence that he often said to Frodo and his friends: if confused, follow your smell. In addition, Istari is also close to the Hobbits, which seems to explain why Gandalf has always supported and prioritized the Hobbits until the destruction of Mordor.

When he appeared, this stranger looked confused. If you have read the history of Istari, you will know that Gandalf (formerly Olorin), is a doubtful and afraid Maiar. He doubted that he could defeat Sauron and he was afraid of it. The rest of her fear was in this stranger’s movements.

From the very beginning, this stranger was mysterious, but too good to be evil. In fact, from the beginning, KINCIR had guessed that perhaps, the bad party was Halbrand. This guess also seems to have been put forward by various international film review sites.

All guesses were answered correctly in this last episode. Halbrand was not Sauron’s victim. He is Sauron himself. During this time, our hero of emancipation, Galadriel, was fooled in such a way, and instead led Halbrand into many things, from Numenor to the place of the fairies. Sauron is indeed told as a ruse maker, a person who is able to pit many parties so that all fall into the power of his ring.

Halbrand itself is a special character that was created for Amazon. Because, in the book, all we know is that Sauron cheated by becoming the figure of Annatar. However, Halbrand’s deception and how Halbrand doesn’t lie – but only gives half the facts and manipulates the people around him – is similar to Annatar’s description. Yes, instead of forcing or telling lies, it was like Galadriel was “forced” to contribute (and this is what he had planned from the start). Galadriel is too ambitious in seeking evil to realize that he is the one who drew evil himself into the realm of the Elves.

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With a demeanor that seems indifferent, with his various rejections, Halbrand is indeed able to make anyone not suspect him. Sauron’s marketing trick is really effective: pretending to sell it at a high price, but it actually makes other people more interested and believe it.

Expecting more from the dialogue side

The most important event of this episode is when Galadriel finds out who he has been with all this time. This event was planned and made magnificent. However, like the previous episodes, he will never reach the real splendor that can stir the soul. The problem is not in the actors. Charlie Vickers as Halbrand plays nicely and is manipulative. The problem is in the dialogue and characterization.

JRR Tolkien’s novels are closely related to words that seem to tell a story about themselves, poems, and poetry. In the adaptations directed by Peter Jackson, the nuances of dialogue with rhymes and expressions are also still there. This is the depth that cannot be reached by The Rings of Power.

Dialogue and characterization is too shallow, especially in the figure of Galadriel. This figure often utters sentences that do not inspire, including when confronting Sauron. The scene where Sauron hypnotizes Galadriel, pretending to be his brother, bringing him back to the floating ship, should have been intense and manly. Unfortunately, Galadriel’s lines messed him up. If this was a reciprocal rhyme, then Galadriel would lose in the first round.

Talking about dialogue and characterization, Nori and The Stranger are even stronger. Their dialogue isn’t excessive, it’s simple, but on point describes why Nori empathized with this stranger. The other Hobbits also describe the simplicity and kindness of the Hobbit with the right portion.

Pretty interesting cinematography

Despite how annoying the dialogue aspects, especially those involving Galadriel, are, the cinematography is pretty slick. If The Ring of Power episode 9 was a silent film without dialogue, maybe things would be better. Yes, it is proven by the ring making section! This section is not filled with dialogue and makes a perfect ending.

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Beautifully, he describes how Lord Celebrimbor made three rings: Vilya, Nenya and Narya. These three rings will be used by the fairies, while the rest are for the dwarves and humans. The three rings that were expected to deceive all evil forces, but instead remain under the influence of the One Ring because Sauron – with his trick as Halbrand – teaches a special ring-making technique, and that is what binds the three Fairy rings to one main ring.

How the Mithril enters the molten metal and forms the Eye (the symbol of Sauron), how the ring is forged, shaped, into three unique rings is a visually pleasing experience. Surprisingly The Rings of Power closes this season with quite a luxurious choice.

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Although there are some flaws, but it’s hard to say if The Rings of Power last episode of the first airing season is a bad series. In fact, this is better than the previous episode which was not clear where to take it.

However, some characters, especially Galadriel, need development. This is a good ending and a good start for Halbrand (Sauron). Hopefully the second airing season, which is reportedly in the process of being made, can develop things that are often criticized by fans who find Tolkien’s soul in it.