Bombing reviews by internet trolls have become a big issue and has caused sites like Rotten Tomatoes to lower user scores for films and movies than they should be. To help combat that issue, Amazon has introduced a new delay approach for its new shows called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Amazon initially debuted this new initiative for A League of Their Own, where it delayed all user reviews for 72 hours. Trolls love to be the first to tear something down, and the hope, it seems, is that the first hurdle will be enough to deter them from coming back. Furthermore, Amazon will evaluate each critique to determine whether it’s genuine or a forgery created by a bot, troll, or another breed of digital goblin.
It appears to have worked, as A League of Their Own currently has a preview score on Prime Video of 4.3 stars, with 80% of users voting for five stars and only 14% of users voting for 1 star. A League of Their review has an 85% user score on Rotten Tomatoes, so this new initiative will be put to the test when user reviews are allowed for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, as user previews for the series, are currently sitting at 39%. This is opposed to the critic score review of 84%.
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While not all reviews have been stellar for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, its review score on sites like Rotten Tomatoes does seem to be a bit low. This may be because, as Variety notes, ‘The Rings of Power has been fending off trolls for months, especially ones who take issue with the decision to cast actors of color as elves, dwarves, harfoots, and other folk of Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth.
In our view of the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, we said that the show might take a little while to hit its stride; however, once it does, it immerses us in a beautiful fantasy world with a great ensemble and several intriguing subplots.