The Rings of Power Episode 3 Underwhelms

A week after a majestic 2-episode premiere, The Rings of Power loses its footing in the third episode. I'm concerned Amazon put most of its eggs in the opening and ending of the season and that the quality will continue to drop in the middle. I wonder if J. A. Bayona is mostly to thank for the grandeur present in the premiere and now that he's out we'll be watching a more standard TV show. Perhaps the Numenor storyline will grow on me with more time. For my quick thoughts watch my latest video:

Quick Thoughts on The Rings of Power Episode 3, Season 1