Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) teach the Stranger of perils, make preparations to sail for Numenor, and solidify the defenses at Ostirith in our recap of the fifth episode of The Rings of Power!
Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) convince the leaders of Numenor to allow them passage back to Middle-Earth, joining Galadriel, Isildur, and company. Elsewhere, Elrond investigates why Durin has been avoiding the Celebrimbor forge project, and Arondir meets the one they call "Adar!"
Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) come ashore at Numenor, where we start learning about the key cast and politics running through the westernmost dominion of Men. Plus, we see what befell Arondir following his trek through the orc tunnel last week and Nori tries to keep The Stranger concealed from the other Harfoots!
Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) begin their century-spanning search of the Enemy as The Rings of Power kicks off! We discuss our overall reactions to the premiere episodes then work through the major plot threads as we piece together the story being told!
Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) begin their long journey of covering The Rings of Power streaming series! After discussing the latest news out of Comic Con, we get into some relevant back story as we parse out what the narrative will tell us, and then finally discuss our expectations and what we look forward to the most and least!
Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) take a moment to mourn the death of Theodred before returning to Meduseld to debate what Theoden should do in response to Isengard. We also discuss how women and martial women specifically are depicted in fantasy cinema and how they serve narrative and themes. You are a Shield Maiden of Rohan, I do not think that will be your fate!
Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) name Gandalf "Lathspell" as he and the Three Hunters arrive at Edoras to confront the Saruman-infested Theoden! As one King's mind is rethroned, we take a beat to discuss monarchies in the real world and as portrayed in fantasy stories. You would remember your old strength if they grasped your sword!
Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) ramble on to the Black Gate with Frodo, Sam, and Gollum, only to find that the way is shut. But we also choose this moment to jam out, detailing how Tolkien's works have affected the work of Led Zeppelin, one of the all-time great rock bands!
Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) are never late, nor are they early; they do a deep dive into Gandalf exactly when they mean to! We discuss the traditional role of mentor figures in epics and fantasy, the history of the Istari, before we discuss Gandalf in his full grey-and-white glory. We also discuss the wonderful human and actor under the cap, Ian McKellan!
Not idly do the trailers for The Rings of Power drop, and there may yet be hope for this Amazon series! Manu (@ManuclearBomb) and Emily (@JRRTweetien) give their thoughts on the latest footage, try to piece together the story being told, and set down what we expect and hope to see in the coming months. Join us on the road to this new chapter in Middle-Earth adaptations!