Thanks for your feedback! I will look at those ending transitions!
What did you mean about the placement of the Smaug intro? What do you think it needs in order to work?
In the original film, it felt like the Smaug intro was a good way to reacquaint viewers about the main conflict after the break between films. It also serves as a good segway into the rest of the movie. The Original Two Film Structure also used this intro the same way. It’s almost like a filmed intermission. In a TV edit, it feels a bit superfluous imo. We’re in a immediate conflict at the end of one episode and suddenly there’s a random introduction where there doesn’t need to be one. I think it’ll be challenging to place this appropriately in a TV edit. Maybe the start of the last episode could be another place? We have a short pre-credits sequence showing how this journey started before transitioning to how it ended. I don’t know. These are just my thoughts. Maybe other folks won’t have any problems with the flashback. It’s a small thing anyway.