I don’t think anyone has any illusions about it. If you’re looking for a weekly web series of news on just the upcoming The Hobbit film, you are a nerd.
It’s fine. So am I.
For fantasy nerds, you won’t find a better video series than Hobbit In 5, brought on by TheOneRing.net to provide the latest in news about Sir Peter Jackson’s next blockbuster. Little more than a green screen and host Rebekah Platt, it does the job of pulling every news tidbit that can be found about the film in a quickly digestible video.
I could go off and note issues with the production itself, and I even tried to when I was writing this, but you know what? Screw it. If you’ve read this far and you’re still interested in keeping up on The Hobbit, absolutely nothing I’m going to say is going to dissuade you.
Ultimately, it gets the news of the week, compiles it efficiently, has a good looking host to guide you through the stories, and does so in five minutes or so. They know who they’re making this for, so if you’ve at one time considered marrying your beloved with a Ring of Power, you’re their target audience, and they don’t disappoint.
The series is nothing if not thorough. In an episode where they pulled multiple interviews from Elijah Wood, they were able to construct a single thoughtline and from it extrapolate strong possibilities for the film. Which, for me (since no matter where I go, I’ll always be a journalist at heart), is quite impressive.
Could they get all that information in a much shorter video series? Sure, but it’s called Hobbit In 5. Some padding or glossing over is expected depending on how heavy or slow a news week it is – and with such a specific niche, it’s going to be feast or famine. But hey, you could be out digging through multiple sites only to discover nothing’s going on, or check out Hobbit In 5 and find out in a fraction of the time.
If The Lord of the Rings is your jam, then this series will give you the information you desire, and do it quickly and conveniently. You really can’t ask for much more than that.