‘The Rings Of Power’ Has A Galadriel Problem
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In Amazon’s third episode The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Galadriel finally smiles.
It’s a radically expressive change for a character who unfortunately has practically no emotional range. Galadriel’s clothes – almost exclusively – various shades of shirring; maybe the occasional embarrassment or confusion – but mostly he just frowns and stares at people, either with brusque determination or impatience and frustration.
I think a lot of the criticism leveled at this version of Galadriel has gone over the top. She is not a “Mary Sue” as some have claimed. She is far too unpleasant to be a Mary Sue. And his character is far too old and experienced to fit into that category.
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I also don’t mind that he is portrayed as a warrior and has skill with a sword. Of course we don’t see it there Lord of the Rings, but by then he’ll be nearly 10,000 years old give or take. He has fought Morgoth and Sauron. It is clear that he has acquired some skills with a blade and probably a number of other weapons. He is a level 200 High Elf. He is multi-class to the gills.
Unfortunately, in Rings of power it appears that Galadriel has not learned human skills, despite being several thousand years old at this point. He appears in Númenor—rescued by Elendil and brought safely to the island nation—wrinkles up, pugnaciously abrasive for no apparent reason. He is the eldest of the immortal race, born in Valinor, one of the few remaining beings who lived through the First Age and saw the Two Trees.
And yet she acts like a petulant teenager—so much so that Elendil actually tells her that she reminds him of his children. I’m not sure how old Elendil is supposed to be – his people live for hundreds of years – but he’s nowhere near as old and experienced as Galadriel. But somehow Rings of power wants us to believe that this ancient elven creature is as diplomatic as one of Durin’s rocks?
After three episodes, I also sadly have to admit that I think the casting choice here was a mistake. I like most of the Cast at this point, but Galadriel is the weak link, and while I’m sure Morfydd Clark is a fine actor, she just isn’t convincing as Galadriel. Sure, a lot of this is the writing, and maybe if her character was written better I wouldn’t notice as much, but she just doesn’t look like Galadriel to me at all – even the younger, sassy version.
With Galadriel being the main character of the series and five seasons planned, I admit I’m starting to worry. There’s a lot to love Rings of power and the third episode had a lot to like, but I’m really worried that Galadriel will sink the ship if there aren’t some major changes to her character – and it may simply be too late. What a shame. Once again, a massively expensive, beautifully shot TV show slips because despite all the money, the writing quality just isn’t there.
Again, I still enjoy Rings of Power, and the massive campaign against it is silly and largely manufactured by people who made up their minds long before it ever appeared. Complaints that it is somehow too woke or on the agenda are clearly made up and extremely nonsensical. But that doesn’t mean the show doesn’t have legitimate problems, and Galadriel is unfortunately chief among them. I hope he somehow gets better as the story progresses.
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