Wayyyy back in the 70s and 80s, science fiction/fantasy/superhero content hadn't completely taken over the culture yet. New nerd content was rare and treasured.
The Superman movie (1978) was mind-blowing. (I’m old enough to remember when Superman was a good guy.) A new Star Trek series was an impossible dream. Battlestar Galactica was cherished. We were so desperate for sci-fi stuff that we watched Doctor Who, for God's sake!
Now, of course, this sort of content is pretty much all there is. You can turn on the tap and choose from 73 different flavors of Medieval Fantasy Content. We nerds wished on the Monkey’s Paw, and got what we wanted. And nothing else.
We lost a key thing, though. Back in the 80s, when Willow came out, the first new fantasy movie in forever, we were still able to recognize it wasn't that great and feel free to say so. Sure, we watched it, because WIZARDS!!! But there was no political obligation to like or hate Generic Fantasy Product made by a Trillion Dollar Global Conglomerate.
So. I watched the first three episodes of Amazon's Ring's of Power series. This show has cost, from what I read, over $750 Million US Dollars. Some estimates are higher. It’s the most expensive TV show ever.