The Board Continues To Be Set – Review of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Episode 4 “The Great Wave”

The 4th episode of Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, titled “The Great Wave”, is not what I would consider a great episode of television. It’s a good episode, in so much as it moves some of the plots forward, but at the halfway point of the season, I was … Continue reading The Board Continues To Be Set – Review of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Episode 4 “The Great Wave”

Links Forming a Chain – Review of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Episode 3 “Adar”

Chains come in many forms, physical, emotional, or spiritual. The famous phrase “the chains of command” are meant as metaphorical, emphasizing the weight someone who must command others carries with them. In the third episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, titled “Adar”, metaphorical and physical chains are being forged, binding … Continue reading Links Forming a Chain – Review of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Episode 3 “Adar”

Return to Middle-Earth – Review of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Episodes One and Two

When I was six or seven years old, my mother handed me a worn paperback copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. After devouring the adventure of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain, I asked if there was another book from that author. My mother, proud that she had piqued my interest in … Continue reading Return to Middle-Earth – Review of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Episodes One and Two

The Tension Builds – Review of “Reacher” Episode Two “First Dance”

With the revelation that one of the murder victims seen in the first episode was the brother of Jack Reacher, the stage is set for bloody vengeance. The second episode of the season picks up shortly after the ending of the first. Through the run time, tensions (of more than one kind) grow, leaving the … Continue reading The Tension Builds – Review of “Reacher” Episode Two “First Dance”

Silent and Deadly – Review of “Reacher” Episode One “Welcome to Margrave”

Reacher Poster Art. Source I was a relative newbie to the Jack Reacher novels when the Tom Cruise films, Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, were released in 2012 and 2016, respectively. Written by British-born Lee Childs, the character of Jack Reacher immediately grabbed my attention: a wandering former military police officer who … Continue reading Silent and Deadly – Review of “Reacher” Episode One “Welcome to Margrave”

The Dragon Revealed – Review of Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” Episode 7 “The Dark Along The Ways”

After six episodes of conjecture and supposition, the identity of the Dragon Reborn is revealed, setting the stage for the finale of Amazon’s The Wheel of Time. In an episode that felt disjointed at times, the big reveal at the end was worth the trek through an episode that felt weighed down by pointless melodrama. … Continue reading The Dragon Revealed – Review of Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” Episode 7 “The Dark Along The Ways”

The Exercise of Power – Review of Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” Episode 6 “The Flame of Tar Valon”

Power and how it is used is often one of the core elements in storytelling. From shows like Game of Thrones to Doctor Who to The Wheel of Time, fantasy and science fiction often wrestle with the idea of power, those who wield it, why they wield it, and what purposes they use it for. … Continue reading The Exercise of Power – Review of Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” Episode 6 “The Flame of Tar Valon”

Those Left Behind – Review of Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” Episode 5 “Blood Calls Blood”

If you enjoyed this review, please consider clicking the Buy Me A Coffee button to right to show your support or sign up for my Patreon here. Patrons and Coffee Members get early access to reviews like this, as well as exclusives only available on those sites. Death and how we deal with it has … Continue reading Those Left Behind – Review of Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” Episode 5 “Blood Calls Blood”

First Impressions – Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” Episodes 1, 2, and 3

Poster Art for Amazon's The Wheel of Time. Source If you enjoyed reading this review, consider selecting the Buy Me A Coffee button to the right or joining my Patreon account here. Members for either site get early access to reviews like this, as well as exclusives only available to Members. Right out of the … Continue reading First Impressions – Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” Episodes 1, 2, and 3