Seeing this only confirmed my fears and suspicions: The Hobbit trilogy will forever be, for me, linked to Star Wars Episodes I-II-III. There is undeniable know-how, great acting, amazing effects, but something is missing from this whole journey that is oh-so very much expected. A soul. As much as I tried to warm up to this second/first trilogy, this chapter simply stated that it was time for me to move on and let another generation appreciate it.
Where Jackson once made one movie per book, he now made three out of one... and the length is unbearable, almost as much as reading The Hobbit itself (yes I'm one of the few who didn't enjoy it). Much work was done in Desolation to try and give it a sense of urgency, of constant menace, but it merely plays like a second violin to the much superior The Two Towers.
So far, each movie seems to be the reflect of its LOTR counterpart and where Jackson's narrative once flew freely like the rain that has passed through the mountains, here it appears flat, uninterested and certainly uninspired. Delving into the very same character arcs and themes from LOTR, down to giving its leading dwarf the look of a diminutive Aragorn.
The Hobbit will be watched as a guilty pleasure for eye-candy and the likes. But for superb storytelling, impeccable acting, lyric special effects and more, LOTR is and alway will be MY trilogy. I cannot accept it as being part of LOTR.