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What scene(s) do you dislike the most?


Oct 2 2021, 11:44pm

Post #1 of 11 (2371 views)
What scene(s) do you dislike the most? Can't Post

For me, the worst scene is the Witch King vs Gandalf when Gandalf's staff is broken and he is tossed to the ground. PJ as usual takes things too far for effect and trying to build up the menace.

I also dislike the Nazgul on Weathertop that seems to be wandering aimlessly when Aragorn throws the torch into his face.

(This post was edited by Eruonen on Oct 2 2021, 11:44pm)


Oct 4 2021, 1:52pm

Post #2 of 11 (2258 views)
My worst scene: [In reply to] Can't Post

When Aragorn brings the Dead Army to Pelennor. Any Orc would just laugh at ghosts of Men.

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Oct 4 2021, 4:22pm

Post #3 of 11 (2248 views)
What is funny about the movie is that PJ said he disliked the Army of the Dead [In reply to] Can't Post

as he thought it unbelievable....so rather than using them as in the book...to route the corsairs and then be freed...he uses them to wipe out the attacking forces at Minas Tirith . Instead of showing Aragorn arriving with Gondorian reinforcements he prefers the supernatural force of which he disliked.

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Nov 21 2021, 2:42pm

Post #4 of 11 (1568 views)
Agree..... those scrubbing bubbles....cringeworthy. [In reply to] Can't Post

But face it.... there's already been multiple battles....and it's already 3 hours long....got to get rid of those orcs somehow.

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Jan 3, 2:57pm

Post #5 of 11 (799 views)
Radioactive [In reply to] Can't Post

Galadriel ... Cate is such a good actress, all that weird special effects crap ruined the scene.

(not sure which messageboard that term "Radioactive Galadriel" coined but that is the first thing I will axe from my cut :P ...)

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Feb 19, 11:06pm

Post #6 of 11 (255 views)
Lost in the mists of time [In reply to] Can't Post

We used to call that Nuclear Galadriel at imladris.net twenty years aho, but I imagine a lot of people coined something like it at the time.


Feb 19, 11:54pm

Post #7 of 11 (245 views)
Ringwraith and Frodo scene at Osgiliath plus standard grumble about Elves at Helm's Deep :) [In reply to] Can't Post

Agree with all the examples given, except I didn't mind Nuclear Galadriel, at least in LotR. In The Hobbit it was silly though, I reckon.

In LotR, I still struggle with Faramir marching Frodo, Sam and Gollum to Osgiliath, only to change his mind when he witnesses Frodo staring at a Ringwraith on a Fell Beast in spooky slow-mo. It's a dramatic scene but I've always felt that it's built on sand. Book Faramir's motivations for sending Frodo on his way would be difficult to film, so it's not as if I wasn't up for adaptation. The way that scene in the film plays out though, I could easily accept Faramir concluding that it'd be insane to let Frodo wander off into Mordor at this point, as he's a liability to himself. From memory, doesn't Sam yank Frodo back from the brink, ie. Frodo is depicted as hapless? Based on that scene, why would any observer, let alone the commander of the frontline vs Mordor, let Frodo go?

And for old time's sake, every scene involving Silvan Elves turning up at Helm's Deep to honour a non-existent alliance between Rohan and Lothlórien ;) The Rohirrim called Lothlórien 'Dwimordene' and Galadriel 'the Sorceress' and neither were terms of endearment!

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Feb 20, 2:17am

Post #8 of 11 (237 views)
Oh, wow [In reply to] Can't Post

"Nuclear Galadriel" takes me back. Sly I wasn't online twenty years ago, but people were still using that, and "radioactive Galadriel," on the LOTR Fanatics Plaza in the mid–late 2000s when I showed up.

(This post was edited by Eldy on Feb 20, 2:18am)


Feb 20, 2:25am

Post #9 of 11 (234 views)
Osgiliath [In reply to] Can't Post

I have similar questions about Faramir's thought process in Osgiliath. I used to complain about Frodo offering the Ring to the Nazgûl in that scene, and while a friend on another forum pointed out to me years ago that Frodo tries to put on the Ring rather than hand it over, you're correct that Sam has to rescue him. I'd think that should remove Faramir's worry that sending Frodo to Minas Tirith is a mistake, but instead it does the opposite.

Tol Eressea

Feb 20, 8:08am

Post #10 of 11 (223 views)
Certain phrases make my ears itch [In reply to] Can't Post

E.g., "Our list of allies grows thin." A list grows short or shorter, not thin.

And Frodo asking Sam about Smeagol, "Why do you run him down like that?" Ouch, how did that late 20th century phrase slip in?

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Feb 21, 6:55pm

Post #11 of 11 (189 views)
I do not remember which [In reply to] Can't Post

I was at like 20+ messaboards simultaneously back then :)
(on TORN from like the spring 1999).
but somewhere they coined it and I liked it :P :)


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