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    Faramir's Trip to Osgilliath bugs a lot of fans.  I tolerated it a little more once I figured out the reason for it.

    If you think about it, Peter Jackson structured The Two Towers so that each of the three plot threads follows a similar story arc.  Each group encounters a person who might help them, but must be persuaded to do so.  In the case of Merry and Pippen, that person is Treebeard; with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, it's King Theoden; and with Frodo and Sam, it's Faramir.  The reason the movie has so many peculiar detours (the aforementioned Trip to Osgilliath, and Aragorn getting lost on the battlefield) was to get all the story arcs to line up so that all of the potential allies were deciding to help after all at roughly the same time.

    Faramir still bugs me, but at least I understand why they made him a jerk.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 08:13:09 PM PST

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