The rumor is that there were production issues due to Covid - they had to rush things more than they normally would have. This seems backed up by the uneven CGI (and the now infamous Trollocs in the last episode, which look like a video game from 20 years ago).I was fine with WoT until I hears about the budget. I was like “ok a fun generic little fantasy show, cool”.
But for the cost of that show…I mean where does the money go? The effects look cheap, the costumes cheap. Almost all of the actors are no names, they can’t cost that much. For a low budget show, I was like this is great. But for the millions of dollars spent…no it looks cheap and bland
I don't know if I agree that the costumes look cheap as much as they look too...costumey, meaning not like real clothes people would wear, but clothes clearly made to look fantasy-ish. RoP has this issue as well.
Anyhow, as I said in the OP, I'm giving WoT the benefit of the doubt. I don't think it will ever be a great show, but there's enough potential there that it can become pretty good...if they address the issues revealed by the 1st season.