'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Episode 5 Review: The ships have sailed for battle in an absorbing chapter
Amazon's fantasy series is moving to its next phase as the ships of Numenor have started sailimg toward Middle Earth
Last week’s episode of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ saw every major character getting ready for the war as Adar made it clear that he is coming for more than just the Southlands. On the other hand, a timely message from nature made Queen Regent Miriel believe that they need to help Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) in saving the aforementioned region of Middle Earth. At the end of that episode, we saw that the preparations for the war have begun and the alliance between men and Elves are joining hands together for the battle.
Episode 5 is all about how the preparations for the war are going and how is Adar planning to move ahead with his master plan. Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi), one of the most amazing characters in the series, tries telling her people that they need to stick together if they need to defeat evil. However, the old man, who had a conversation with Theo regarding Sauron in Episode 4, had different plans and said that fighting evil will be suicidal and they should just kneel down in front of Adar. He believes this is the only way that every single one of them can be saved and they do just that. However, Bronwyn seems to have found a way to fight back and they are going to try that.
On the other hand, Galadriel and everyone else in Numenor is now readying ships or taking “crash courses” on how to fight during the battle. In one of the scenes, we saw Galadriel showing why she is considered to be one of the highest-skilled warriors in the entire world and almost took down 6 people while practicing.
The season has reached a point where everyone, in their own way, is preparing for the war and that’s what makes this episode worth watching. The entire episode is slick, fun to watch, and offers a good amount of action. Yes, the storytelling part still reigns supreme and the series is still trying to unravel the ulterior motives of some people that are trying to help in the war. But one thing that stood out in ‘Partings’ is that conversations are shorter and are more immersive because it perfectly captures the essence of a battle and the kind of tragedies that come with it.
The direction and cinematography continue to take the show to a whole new level while exceptional writing keeps viewers glued to their screen. Nazanin Boniadi continues to be a force to be reckoned with and is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary characters on the show. Meanwhile, Joseph Mawle impresses with his psychotic villain vibes as Adar. On the other hand, Robert Aramayo is calm as a cucumber in scenes that puts him in jeopardy and gives us a lesson or two on how to not make your blood boil.
All in all, Episode 5 of ‘The Rings of Power’ has set the stage for the war and the ships from Numenor have started sailing for Middle Earth. With Adar being on the brink to reach the High Tower, things are only going to get worse for all the people who will be coming to face Adar and his army of Orcs.
A great episode that was filled with drama, good writing, action, and a possible homage to Gandalf. We can’t wait for the next week’s episode as it’s time to go to the battlefield.