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In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine a one-and-done story line, as even books and movies that started off as one-off stories have turned into multi-part franchises, and film series we thought were done have gotten fresh material added. Star Wars comes to mind specifically. The first movie was presented almost as a stand-alone with the thought that sequels might happen, but no guarantee. After the first three movies were done, that seemed to be all. Then the prequels, for better or worse, happened, and now there are three more sequels, two ancillary movies, and related TV shows. With all that said, this week’s question is all about sequels, prequels, and tangents.
Regardless of the media, when it comes to stories, do you prefer those that are perfectly sequential in their writing, such as the seven original Harry Potter books or Frank Herbert’s Dune series, or do you find stories that skip around in the timeline, such as the nine central Star Wars films to be more entertaining?
I watched the first (or 4th, 5th and 6th?) Star Wars because everyone else did. I could never get into Harry Potter, but franchises for Back to the Future, Fast and Furious, Resident Evil, The Terminator, Alien, Predator and the Hunger Games I thoroughly enjoyed. Mixed bag eh?
The Terminator is in and out of timelines and does your head in when you try to follow it all, but for escapism, I like it. The first and Judgement Day will always be my favourite SciFi movies for originality and the latter special effects.
Resident Evil was good to start with, then it got silly as time and sequels progressed, so much so that when an animated version came out, I preferred that!
These days we don’t buy that many DVDs, and Hubby prefers to watch movies on youtube. I listen and guess the actors as they are mainly the oldies which I remember from years ago, so sequels were not on the cards. If there were, it was rarely the same team of actors, and in some instances it was difficult to identify the leads with the original story.
Remakes of course are a different kettle of fish, for instance A Star is Born. There are four versions I know of and I’ve seen three, my favourite being Kristofferson and Streisand in 1976 which I loved. I haven’t seen Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s interpretation.
When looking on the shelves out of interest to see what’s available and if anything appeals, it all seems to be old hat, been there, done that, and nothing new so we don’t bother.
It’s a long time since a film held my interest and attention for the duration. I don’t think it’s because I’m difficult to please, just that I find storylines predictable and just plain dull.