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> User scores on a massively brigaded website sure.
(1) There were critic reviews there, which I specifically called out and mentioned.
(2) The critic reviews are worse than the user scores: you should have preferred to focus on user scores.
(3) I was only using the user scores to show the drop in reception over the course of the series: that it started off OK and got worse with time, before falling off a cliff with the ending.
If you want another source, Amazon's own reviews are basically a perfect 55/45 scenario: 46% of reviews are 5 stars, 37% of reviews are 1 star, with 7% each for 2 stars and 4 stars (the remaining 3% are 3 stars). That gives 53% of reviews being positive and 44% of reviews being negative, and 3% being neutral.
Hence, my point: people disliking the show is not a bubble. People liking it isn't a bubble either, but that didn't seem to be under dispute.
Literally, that was the purpose of my comment. To dispute the "bubble" assertion. If you think it's about anything else, you're wrong and you read it wrong and you need to read it again. If you're coming out of this comment thinking it's about something else, you're still wrong and need to read it a third time.
> But it takes massive cognitive dissonance to pretend that Amazon isn't extremely happy with WoT right now.
Please respond to the argument being made before resorting to petty, hypocritical insults.
I didn't say anything about how happy Amazon is/isn't, and in fact I specifically avoided that with my "That doesn't mean [...]" sentence.
According to Amazon's lore page entry for "sa'angreal":
>This jade carving of a seated man may be small, but it holds great power. If one channels into it, it will increase their power one hundred fold.
I don't recall if the term was directly used in the show, but the lore page also talks about "ter'angreal," which are "magic" objects that perform specific functions. The Oath Rod seen in episode 6 is the example they give. I don't think there's any reference to a plain old "angreal" in the show.
[Books; general lore] >!The books are roughly equivalent here. An angreal is just a power multiplier, and a sa'angreal is a more powerful power multiplier. There are a variety of sa'angreal in the books; it's not just a name for one particular object. They are extremely rare, though, because no one in the Third Age knows how to make them. And a ter'angreal is a tool made to do something specific with the Power. Some of them, but not all, can be used by people who can't channel themselves.!<
because they changed the dragon into a character that appears every age
so the lews is the dragon reborn after the dragon from the first age, and as such, as he was not the first dragon in this turning of the wheel, he is also "reborn"
"Champion of the Light - or the Dark. The person who can stand against the Dark One, if they so choose. There is a Dragon born in every Age"
Here's a map from the showmakers themselves (click explore tab):
I don't think it is spoiling everything to tell you since they provided a map, but it's over 1,000 miles. Tar Valon is deep into the continent and Tear is on the ocean.
There is a vague show-specific map on Amazon's page with the locations of various events from the show marked. (It's the button under "The Westlands Await.") I think they're being intentionally imprecise about locations and distances on screen to keep things simpler, though.
I agree that a Game of Thrones-style map in the title sequence would have been nice to keep events clearly geographically-situated, but so far it hasn't been all that critical to understanding the story. Everyone's basically just going east-ish.
Unfortunately, the timeline on the Amazon page for the show has this bit:
>Moiraine utilized the ter’angreal in her room to open a gateway to a riverside hut in the the Fingers of the Dragon Delta, where she met with Siuan Sanche, the Amyrlin Seat.
So, I am now looking at the webpage a bit askance at least.
I don't know if there's a way to link to it directly, but that screenshot is from the Amazon page for the show, which has a maze of weird HTML animations presenting various background information. For that particular piece of information, you go into the "The Third Age" section, which opens an animated timeline containing events from the show. It's one of the entries towards the end of the timeline, if you scroll to the right.
I need to re-watch because I never was under the impression they were all that close to Tar Valon. Both the Tower and Dragonmount are visible from pretty far away. That image is from Amazon's Wheel of Time page where they have a bunch of extra details about the background of the world. That's where they're saying the Whitecloaks intercepted the Tinkers on their way to Tar Valon.
This may not be the best thread for your question, but Amazon's page for the show has a cursory map and a little bit of background information.
There's a really good Origins animation that Amazon made to explain the Ajah. Origin Stories Episode 5: The White Tower.
It's at this link. When you get to "The Third Age", click explore and click the arrow until you get to "Moiraine & Siuan Conspire".
Amazon's promo materials say this is the third age. It's the same turning, just a shit version.
>The Third Age
>History is woven by the actions of many, from Aes Sedai and kings to simple
farmers and barkeeps. Follow the doings of our five young women and men
from the Two Rivers as the Wheel weaves their fates.
If you scroll down to where it says "The Westlands Awaits" and click "Explore", you can see a show-accurate map, along with character journeys that point out where everyone is.