‘The Rings of Power’ premiere had technical points

Gandalf would say a wizard arrives exactly when he means to however the identical can’t be stated for Episode 1 of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”

The first two episodes of Amazon’s $700 million sequence premiered Thursday night time, however some viewers have been capable of stream solely the second episode.

Based on screenshots shared online, some Amazon Prime customers skilled technical difficulties. The choice to press play for Episode 1 of the sequence was nowhere to be discovered, with the play button lacking altogether and textual content studying “This video is currently unavailable.”

A number of would-be viewers took to Twitter.

“Ok, so episode 2 of The Rings of Power is available to watch but episode 1 is not. Has to be a mistake,” @therealmccaw tweeted.

@JayAreOliver wrote, “Amazon only released episode 2 of Rings of Power? Strange marketing plan.”

@moviesRtherapy was overcome by emotion, writing, “Only Episode 2 of #TheRingsOfPower is working right now. I am beside myself.”

“Yo @LOTRonPrime hopefully it’s just me but only episode 2 is available not episode 1 why!? That’s mean!” wrote @Franky_Boom.

It’s unclear how far-ranging the issue was, however the points appeared to resolve inside minutes. Based on DownDetector.com, a web site that compiles person experiences on streaming companies, inside the first hour of “The Rings of Power” premiere greater than 400 experiences have been filed, an 800% improve over the typical variety of experiences filed each day at the moment on the service.

Amazon didn’t instantly reply to The Instances’ request for remark.

“The Rings of Power” takes place throughout the Second Age of Center-earth, 1000’s of years earlier than the motion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy sequence “The Lord of the Rings.” Main occasions that happen throughout the Second Age embody the rise of the Darkish Lord Sauron, the creation of the Rings of Power, the ultimate pact between males and elves and the autumn of Númenor.

The Instances’ tv critic Robert Lloyd gave a measured evaluation of the sequence.

“Well, I have seen six of the first season’s eight episodes, and ‘The Rings of Power’ is neither a disaster nor a triumph, merely television of a visibly expensive, fitfully inspired sort,” Lloyd wrote. “It looks good, has a few charismatic performances that sell the characters and is all in all watchable, if something less than compelling — predictable even in the suspenseful parts, occasionally exciting and sometimes sort of boring. Action scenes, which kept the movies lively, and do get your attention here, are relatively spread out, perhaps because they’re expensive and the season is long.”

“The Rings of Power” wasn’t the one fantasy epic to have streaming points on its premiere date.

On Aug. 21, greater than 3,400 viewers tuning in for the premiere of the “Game of Thrones” prequel sequence “House of the Dragon” reported experiencing an outage on HBO Max, in accordance with DownDetector.com.

“‘House of the Dragon’ was successfully viewed by millions of HBO Max subscribers last night. A small portion of users attempting to connect via Fire TV devices had issues and we worked directly with impacted users to get them into the platform,” the streaming platform stated in a press release offered to The Instances.

The dueling sagas additionally shared a premiere date of types on Thursday night time, with HBO conveniently making the “House of the Dragon” debut episode accessible without cost on YouTube across the similar time as “The Rings of Power” premiere.