This was the episode that disappointed me most in the theatre because I thought story changes did injustice to some of the characters, especially Faramir and Treebeard. Even the title has a completely different meaning, with the two towers as allies instead of competitors for the ring. In the extended version the extra character development does a lot to repair the minor damage, though these big discrepancies still exist. Gollum is marvelous, I think the best use of computer graphics yet to bring a fictional literary character to the screen. The battle for Helm’s Deep still gets tiring, but is also better with more buildup.