The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is Amazon’s biggest and flashiest bet on content that can lure people onto its Prime Video platform, and it’s currently being promoted as one of the most ambitious television or streaming productions ever. Nevertheless, that’s not what anyone would imagine judging from the latest Rings of Power trailer.
The main The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power teaser, uploaded on Prime Video’s YouTube channel, has amassed nearly 10 million views in just 5 days, sounds good, right? Quite far from it, as reality shows a massive amount of dislikes compared to the positive reactions to the trailer. Not that most people would notice, as YouTube’s famed “Dislike” button got its public counter removed almost a year ago as the platform allegedly sought to protect content creators from “harassment, and reduce dislike attacks.” However, with the help of some special web extensions, it seems like Amazon is getting savagely ratioed on YouTube.
As Forbes notes, the proportion of likes to dislikes seems to be beyond the usual numbers for internet trollery. At the time of writing, The Rings of Power trailer shows only 63,000 likes versus a staggering 230,000 dislikes for a series that’s been criticized by fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary work or Peter Jackson’s movies. Although The Rings of Power will explore vital plot points, such as the relationship between Elrond and Galadriel, the show is not based on source material written by Tolkien.