Dec 23 2013, 11:42pm
when you suggest that Smaug be "diverted" to Dol Guldur, what immediately comes up is the image of the Nazgul being called back to Mount Doom. It's a bit of an unfortunate association for me.
I don't agree with what you suggest but I understand why you're suggesting it.
I do think Smaug needs to be killed shortly after he set off for Laketown just like in the book, but that doesn't mean it needs to happen 10 minutes into the movie. I wouldn't be surprised if TABA didn't start with Laketown at all, just to tease the audience, who are bursting with anticipation after the massive cliffhanger, a bit more. The movie could be kicked off with Radagast and the Dol Guldur line, then we can rather easily switch to Bolg being chased by Legolas etc., and only then we go back to Laketown in turmoil. That way, the audience have enough time to get familiar with the world again, and tension is built up nevertheless.
Bard doesn't need any more introducing I think, thanks to the enhanced and well done backstory that he got in DOS.
Edit - Orc Berserker beat me to it with the TABA beginning! :)
(This post was edited by Yva on Dec 23 2013, 11:44pm)