Great series to fall asleep to?

From tomorrow we can watch The Rings of Powerthe most expensive series in history.

However, you must be a subscriber to Amazon Prime Video. Like having to subscribe to HBO Max or Crave to see it The dragon house, a very modest series compared to the others, with a production budget of just $200 million for the first 10 episodes. If you have a private fortune of 200 billion like Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, you don’t produce such “cheap small series”. The first season of his newest toy, The Rings of Powercost $465 million, not including a quarter billion for buying the rights to Tolkien’s work.

Those who know the genre certainly know this The dragon house is made of the same flour as them The iron throne, which is about two centuries earlier. As for the Bezos series, The Rings of Powerthe characters live in a time of peace in Middle-earth, several millennia before the appearance of Frodo Baggins, the main character of the Lord of the rings.

In both cases we immerse ourselves in imaginative and imaginary worlds that have nothing to do with reality.

NUDITY, SEX AND VIOLENCE

But what is so attractive about this type of series? Although fans of the Iron Throne Deny it, nudity, sex and violence were the first charms of this series, which was already 11 years old. Violence is less and less denounced on television, but it has never been more present.

The worldwide success of the South Korean series The Squid Game shows the irresistible pull that violence exerts on most viewers. Up until recent years, Quebec series have been among the most peaceful and measured in the world. Gradually, Quebec broadcasters and producers realized that violence “pays off,” so much so that they no longer evade it.

Is the real world, the one we live in, you and I, so despicable that we need to escape it as often as possible and lose ourselves in these fantasy worlds made into millions from books by Tolkien and George RR Martin?

It is not for nothing that Internet giants such as Meta (Facebook), Apple or Microsoft will spend tens of billions in the next few years to create a new digital world called “Metaverse” and make it researchable.

Getting lost these days requires expensive apps and headphones, but eventually we will have cheaper access to these unusual immersive digital environments and grandiose virtual shows. It’s a simple matter of time.

FOR HOW MUCH LONGER?

Before we get into the metaverse with the elves and dwarves of Rings of Powerthe beautiful princess Rhaenyra and the evil prince Daemon Targaryen The dragon housewe have to content ourselves with visiting them on our television screens.

Considering the huge — almost scandalous — investments that have been made to produce similar series, we can expect subscriptions to Prime Video, HBO, and most video-on-demand platforms to become increasingly expensive. How much longer will these series make us forget about the rising monthly costs of subscriptions to video-on-demand services?

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