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1 hour ago, Elite said:

I still need to watch the films if I can muster up the courage. As it looks boring as fuck.


It’s probably a really good story but it’s impossible to stay awake through one of the films. Even if you were wired as fuck on speed you’d still be spark out inside an hour.  

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An amazing set of films, which really do the books justice.

 

I have very fond memories of being introduced to LOTR. At 20 I’d just landed in Sydney with my then girlfriend, and we crashed at her cousin’s flat in Bondi Beach. There were 5 of us & we all took turns in the evenings and on weekends reading the book in bits - frustrating, but kind of exciting at the same time.

We were all smokers in those days and dope was cheap and plentiful. The two other guys (having already read the books) would fill their pipes with a heady mix of Drum and Buddha stick and sit in their easy chairs reading the book when it was their turn, obviously (in hindsight) thinking they were Gandalf.
 

Needless to say, I bought my first pipe.

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The films were fantastic and they're still fresh in the memory, so what's the point of a TV series?

 

Did the producers watch the films and seriously say to themselves, "not bad but we can do this better"?

 

Hope I'm proved wrong but this just smacks of another cynical cash grab, this time on the back of another guaranteed money spinning"franchise".

 

Hope it's the best thing since sliced bread.

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53 minutes ago, Carvalho Diablo said:

The films were fantastic and they're still fresh in the memory, so what's the point of a TV series?

 

Did the producers watch the films and seriously say to themselves, "not bad but we can do this better"?

 

Hope I'm proved wrong but this just smacks of another cynical cash grab, this time on the back of another guaranteed money spinning"franchise".

 

Hope it's the best thing since sliced bread.

For sure they saw a money spinner but given it's set in a different era with new characters i'll give it a whirl but grave doubts about whether the same level of production that went into the LOTR films has gone into this . More than that is the fact that this isn't a book that's dramatised but probably more of a dragged out screen written soap opera set in Middle Earth.  I am starting to hate it as I write.   

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4 hours ago, Carvalho Diablo said:

The films were fantastic and they're still fresh in the memory, so what's the point of a TV series?

 

Did the producers watch the films and seriously say to themselves, "not bad but we can do this better"?

 

Hope I'm proved wrong but this just smacks of another cynical cash grab, this time on the back of another guaranteed money spinning"franchise".

 

Hope it's the best thing since sliced bread.

 

Because it covers the second age of Middle Earth whereas the books/films covered the third age, which began when Isuldur took down Sauron. So the point is to explore an entirely different part of the mythology which, in all likelihood, will tell us all about the forging of the rings.

 

The second age lasted for about 3,500 years prior to Sauron's initial defeat, Isildur's moment of weakness and the ring passing out of knowledge for 2,500 years before coming into the hands of Gollum, which itself is 500-odd years before we pick up the story in The Fellowship of the Ring.

 

The only super familiar characters we are likely to encounter are Elrond, Galadriel and Sauron.

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9 minutes ago, Chris said:

 

Because it covers the second age of Middle Earth whereas the books/films covered the third age, which began when Isuldur took down Sauron. So the point is to explore an entirely different part of the mythology which, in all likelihood, will tell us all about the forging of the rings.

 

The second age lasted for about 3,500 years prior to Sauron's initial defeat, Isildur's moment of weakness and the ring passing out of knowledge for 2,500 years before coming into the hands of Gollum, which itself is 500-odd years before we pick up the story in The Fellowship of the Ring.

 

The only super familiar characters we are likely to encounter are Elrond, Galadriel and Sauron.

'Super' familiar?

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Watching the 3 films at the cinema at the time was serious life changing shit though. Just mind-blowing stuff.

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57 minutes ago, KMD7 said:

Will Seán Bean die in this one?

 

One does not simply travel back in time 6,000 years to die again. 

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22 hours ago, Elite said:

I still need to watch the films if I can muster up the courage. As it looks boring as fuck.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, KMD7 said:

Watching the 3 films at the cinema at the time was serious life changing shit though. Just mind-blowing stuff.

I binge watched the extended versions of the LOTR trilogy one Saturday and the extended versions of The Hobbit Trilogy the day after a couple of years back.

Brilliant escapism when you've got something on your mind.

Fantastic stuff.

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8 minutes ago, Harry's Lad said:

I binge watched the extended versions of the LOTR trilogy one Saturday and the extended versions of The Hobbit Trilogy the day after a couple of years back.

Brilliant escapism when you've got something on your mind.

Fantastic stuff.

 

The Hobbit should have been one film really, plus the dwarves were cunts. Love LOTR though, me and my mates watched the extended films back to back years ago and the day flew even though it was something like nearly 12 hours, that's how good there are. 

 

The lotr show is surely a case of the network seeing how much money was in game of thrones and thinking they'd try and get a slice. 

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47 minutes ago, Section_31 said:

 

The Hobbit should have been one film really, plus the dwarves were cunts. Love LOTR though, me and my mates watched the extended films back to back years ago and the day flew even though it was something like nearly 12 hours, that's how good there are. 

 

The lotr show is surely a case of the network seeing how much money was in game of thrones and thinking they'd try and get a slice. 

I agree that The Hobbit is nowhere near as good as LOTR, I still enjoyed watching the trilogy though.

 

As far as the upcoming series is concerned, I think it's best to keep an open mind instead of just dismissing it as some seem to be doing, I'm looking forward to it myself.

It could be brilliant or it could be shite. We won't know until we've actually seen it.

 

Let's just hope that it's not brilliant up until the end of the penultimate season then a real let down with the last one like so many other series we've all invested our time in.

 

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2 hours ago, Section_31 said:

 

The Hobbit should have been one film really, plus the dwarves were cunts. Love LOTR though, me and my mates watched the extended films back to back years ago and the day flew even though it was something like nearly 12 hours, that's how good there are. 

 

The lotr show is surely a case of the network seeing how much money was in game of thrones and thinking they'd try and get a slice. 

 

I think that's half right. I think it's also a credibility thing for Amazon Studios. They don't have that iconic show that's synonymous with their platform yet. And yes, if it works out, the money will be incredible. 

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7 minutes ago, Chris said:

 

I think that's half right. I think it's also a credibility thing for Amazon Studios. They don't have that iconic show that's synonymous with their platform yet. And yes, if it works out, the money will be incredible. 

The Boys is sensational, Primes best show easily.

 

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8 minutes ago, Elite said:

The Boys is sensational, Primes best show easily.

 


Yeah it is. I love that show. Not exactly Stranger Things, The Mandalorian, or Game of Thrones in terms of mainstream, ingrained in the pop culture, status though is it?

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The LOTR films are amazing but the book is even better. 
 

Re-read it recently and it was just as good as the first time around. 

 

Looking forward to this show but I’m not holding out much hope. 

 

Not much else to add 

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When I finished the book I felt a huge sense of melancholy that the story was over and it was a world I'm not part of. I wanted to fuck off to the west with the elves. Its the book that made me buy books.

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