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Our Reactions to ‘LOTR: Rings of Power’? + a ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ spoiler-free discussion

The Squad! books a few giant eagle express tickets and returns to Middle Earth to cover the two-episode premiere of Amazon Prime Video’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Set in the Second Age, long before the events of the original trilogy, we follow elves, men, dwarves, and hobbits – I mean er, harfoots – as darkness falls across the land and plans for a great forge are laid.

Next we zip over to the Star Trek universe to discuss a lesser-known but refreshingly hilarious Star Trek: Lower Decks animated series. Ever wonder what’s happening beyond the bridge? Curious about the stories of the lower-ranking cannon fodder that keep the ship running? For Star Trek fans of any intensity, Lower Decks is a refreshing counterpoint you can binge all two and a half seasons of right now on Paramount+!

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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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