Amazon Prime has released the first official trailer for what is said to be the most expensive TV show ever made – The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. When the set of images dropped from Vanity Fair last week, they were met online, pretty much, with laughter.

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This trailer does look a lot better than those images. Although there is still something a bit too TV movie / too high frame rate / too high definition about the scenes presented here. It is something that Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy also suffered from. It is CG from beyond a point where CG really proves to be useful, but trapped there because there is no other way to create the images required other than with the CG.

Have a look, and see if you agree?

The show is expected to run for at least five seasons. This will come in at a final cost of over $1 billion, so probably what they found down the back of Jeff Bezos’ couch.

It is showrun by Patrick McKay and JD Payne with the first episodes directed by J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom).

The story covers Middle Earth’s Second Age and is thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings. The wicked god Morgoth has been defeated and his apprentice, Sauron, has vanished. Galadriel is hunting down the last of his collaborators who killed her brother.

The series will follow the forging of the rings of power (three for the elven kings, seven for the dwarf lords, nine for mortal men, and one for the Dark Lord), per the title. Following a time of peace, evil comes back to Middle-earth. The series also will likely visit iconic Lord Of The Rings locations like the Misty Mountains and the elf capital of Lindon. McKay says:

“The forging of the rings, rings for the elves, rings for dwarves, rings for men, and then the one ring Sauron used to deceive them all. It’s the story of the creation of all those powers, where they came from, and what they did to each of those races.”

The show will debut on September 2nd.

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