I must agree with Dwayne (go figure). I loved Fellowship and thought Towers was really good but marginally weaker. Folks jump on the convenient and newest bandwagon and while I do think that LoTR is going to be amazing in completion it will not have the pop culture umbrella effect that Star Wars has. I mean even in Reign of Fire (yes I did see it this weekend) there is a blatant and blaring SW reference. So I won't go out there and say that LoTR is my favorite trilogy. I like it. I like it a lot but I still love Star Wars after 25 years. I can't say that about LoTR..ask me in 25 years. M Oh and here is my problem (actually our problem) ...The villians in LoTR lack a certain amount of personality on the screen. Protagonists are defined and formed by his/her adversary be it themselves, environment or the antagonist. In Star Wars, we see Vader but Sauron/Sauroman are sort of creepy but in a Mob boss sort of way rather than a hands-on sort of guy (RE: Open sequence where Vader is choking the Rebel soldier). And then when we saw the creepiest guy around KNEELING I know I thought...uh, crap? I just think the villians are sort of weak on screen and it's hard to have really good characters that I care about with dead fish villians. I don't think there are going to be a herd of fans who say Sauroman/Sauron are going to be their favorite characters.