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Are TV series better than sequels?

Discussion in 'The Entertainment Board' started by The Watcher, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. The Watcher

    The Watcher Member

    Mar 25, 2014
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  2. Peter Paltridge

    Peter Paltridge Knows about rock people
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    A lot more is riding on a movie, writing-wise. Movies have to deliver a complete, three-act, self-contained storyline with a satisfying ending. For a sequel, this is a lot harder to do twice, especially if you wrapped everything up the first time.

    In that sense, a TV series can deliver more than a movie, because it has a lot more time to develop its characters. You can show them doing laundry or filing their taxes; not EVERY SINGLE moment has to be devoted to the plot.

    BUT....when a movie takes that more compressed schedule and executes it flawlessly, the results are far better than a TV series. Sarah Connor Chronicles was great, but Terminator II was phenomenal.
  3. CoolEric158

    CoolEric158 This is a crossover episode, right?

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    Well, that really depends. A sequel has many issues that a TV show continuation has to handle. Both not only need to entertain the original fanbase as well as appeal to a wide audience, but a sequel and TV series also need to improve on the faults of the predecessor, whether it be writing, editing, etc. Most importantly, a sequel should expand more on the characters, whether internally or externally, not repeat the same basic plot again, and up the stakes to something more and more deadly. What makes Toy Story 2 work is that it focuses on new plot points, huge decisions for characters to make, new characters that are well-developed, and keep the same tone and charm of the original. What makes Iron Man 2 not work is that it has shoehorned ideas that go nowhere, an uninteresting story, slow pacing, and had little of the charms and likability of the first movie outside of the fantastic cast and characters.

    An issue a sequel series has is that while a movie is about 2-2.5 hours, a TV show goes on and on for multiple episodes, and sometimes even seasons. And if you want to see a series, there's a huge commitment to the time needed. Now a TV show can also give more depth for characters, and it's also great to see characters you love every week go on adventures.

    So really, a sequel, whether 2 hours or 2 seasons, is a gigantic crapshoot, and both have created successes (Terminator 2, Fargo), and failures (Son of the Mask, Dumb and Dumber TAS).

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