I also finally saw The Hobbit.
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I actually felt it was better as a whole than the first film. The pacing was better, at least. I recall feeling the last 20 minutes of An Unexpected Journey were unnecessary. At any rate, I was afraid of being disappointed by Smaug, but he was a great effect.
I do, however, have to complain about the asinine, intelligence insulting love triangle. What. The flying frick. Was that.
All things die, Anakin Skywalker, even stars burn out.
Those without swords can still die upon them