It's time to figure out what went wrong. In this episode, Andrew and Monica spend half an hour analyzing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and discussing the things that work and the things that keep it from being great. How is it similar to The Fellowship of the Ring? Why are there so many references to the other films? And what's up with that Necromancer dude, anyway? Tune in to find out.
0:22 - Intro and clip
3:58 - The opening 20 minutes. Why is Frodo here?
6:38 - Radagast, the High Council, The Necromancer
12:25 - Less menace, lower stakes, Azog
16:13 - Comparisons with The Fellowship of the Ring
19:54 - The visual effects: have they improved?
25:10 - The Ring's agency
26:50 - Bilbo's decision to spare Gollum, his overall arc
30:30 - Some final general thoughts
34:03 - Show close
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