Amazon stops reviews for The Lord of the Rings TV show

Amazon stops reviews for The Lord of the Rings TV show

Amazon stops reviews for The Lord of the Rings TV show

Watch: Amazon has turned off viewer star ratings for The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power

Amazon has suspended viewer ratings The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power in an apparent attempt to stop trolls from posting negative reviews.

The fantasy TV series – starring Sir Lenny Henry as Sadoc Burrows – launched on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 2, and was allegedly the target of “reviewers”.

Review Bombing is a process in which a large group of online users post negative reviews about a product or service, in protest of their perceived cultural or political issues, rather than the actual quality.

Read more: The rings of power – review of the first episode

The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power currently has zero ratings recorded on Amazon Prime despite being online for several days.

Sir Lenny Henry plays Sadoc Burrows in Rings of Power.  (Amazon Prime Video)

Sir Lenny Henry plays Sadoc Burrows in The rings of power. (Amazon Prime Video)

The show – a spin-off of JRR Tolkein’s famous novels and Peter Jackson’s film adaptations – currently has an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on critical reviews.

But it has an audience score of just 34%.

It has a 71% rating on Metacritic based on 37 reviews from professional critics. But only a user score of 1.9%, based on 879 reviews.

Morfydd Clark's version of the elf warrior Galadriel takes center stage in Rings of Power.  (Main video)

The Lord of the Rings spin-off show The rings of power it is believed to have been targeted by review trolls. (Main video)

The series – which has only aired two episodes so far – currently has a rating of 6.8 out of 10 on the Amazon-owned IMDb rating portal.

Some negative reviews directed at the show object to casting diversity.

One user writes: “Nobody has a problem seeing people of color in movies, series or stories … but this story was already written and shouldn’t have been tainted.”

While another said: “Reflecting the diversity of the world in Middle-earth is a strange goal, albeit perhaps good for marketing, but it was clearly more important than making a functional TV series. [sic]”

After the premiere of the first two episodes of The rings of powerAmazon broke the precedent by publishing data on internal registered viewers for the show.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power introduces the opulent island kingdom of men, Númenor.  (Main video)

The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power it was seen by 25 million people in the first 24 hours. (Main video)

The global streaming service announced that the show was seen by 25 million viewers in 240 countries and territories around the world within the first 24 hours of its availability.

Streaming platforms have become notoriously confidential about their on-demand viewing data, while terrestrial TV channels and publicly owned platforms like BBC iPlayer are forced to post their ratings, revealing how many people tune in to watch them.

The rings of power The cast includes Trystan Gravelle as Pharazon, Morfydd Clark as Galadriel, Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Mariel and Robert Aramayo as Elrond.

Other cast members include Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Sophia Nomvete, and Charles Edwards.

The Rings of Power introduces the Hobbits' predecessors, the Harfoots.  (Main video)

The rings of power introduces the Hobbits’ predecessors, the Harfoots. (Main video)

Although the prequel series is not adapted from a book by JRR Tolkien, it is set in the universe of his work and draws strong inspiration from both the characters and the story he created.

It follows the Second Age of Middle-earth and is set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings.

Read more: The Rings of Power: How to Watch TV Series in the UK

The series will also describe the rise of Sauron and the process of creating the rings of power, as well as the never-before-seen kingdom of Numenor and the ultimate alliance between elves and men.

The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power is available to stream on Prime Video from Friday 2nd September.

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