The Booket List Episode 17: To Sequel or Not To Sequel?

Hey Everyone! Welcome to the 17th episode of The Booket List! This week we are talking all about to sequel or not to sequel? Brennan and Kimmy both agree that both stand alones and series can be great, but in what genres is the real question!

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Geek Wish-List: Movie Sequels

What’s up, guys! It’s Lee Neuschwander again with your weekly dose of Geek Wish List. Last week, I mentioned how I was going to talk about some of the Geek related movies that need a sequel.

For as long as I can remember the geek community has always had mixed feelings about sequels to their most beloved movies. One of the biggest arguments concerns the Star Wars prequels vs Star Wars originals.

Star War Posters

Wallpaper created by Zoltan Simon

Others I’ve seen that got less than pleasant reviews have been the Jurassic Park sequels, The Matrix, Transformers, and a
hotly debated rash of Disney movies. Although I agree Disney should never have had made the Fox and Hound 2, dissing movie sequels is not my intent.

What I want to talk about are movies that deserve sequels, but didn’t get one due to a plethora of reasons. First, I think we’re all stocked to see Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory after such a long a wait. For once, it’s props to Disney on those two.

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Posters by ComingSoon

Now, getting to business. Some sequels I would love to see, but are not limited to, Wreck It Ralph, Zombieland, and of course, Pacific Rim. As a series, these films never really closed-off, and I believe a sequel would do really well.

To me, Wreck It Ralph was the first animated film that took video games as the influential media they are. Video games aren’t just sources of entertainment anymore. They are characters and stories that we’ve grown up with. As children, they taught us so many things.

In my opinion, a Wreck It Ralph 2 movie would be cool because we might see more iconic video game characters that weren’t in the first movie. I could totally see a movie based on what might happen if Wreck It Ralph was made into a console game, and thus, had a link to every other game out there. How would animators describe how multiplayer games function with all the players in the same place. I think it would produce an interesting sequel that would improve the franchise.

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Poster from IGN

Moving away from animated movies, Zombieland was simply hilarious. I loved how the movie took the zombie apocalypse and made it into what some might call a ‘heartwarming’ comedy. The show itself never really ended. SPOILERS: The last scene was just them driving away from the park.

The characters in Zombieland were so well developed for this style of movie that I can’t help but think the series didn’t go as far as it could. The fact that one of the primary characters valued Twinkies above most everything else alone makes this movie special. We still don’t know half the rules for the zombie apocalypse, and that’s valuable information this geeky human being needs. I think a movie where the group runs into another band of survivors would be really funny. It would also fill the Zombieland-shaped hole I found in my heart last Halloween.

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Poster from freemovieposters.net

At last, we come to the sequel I want to see the most, Pacific Rim 2. I know many of you say Pacific Rim 2 shouldn’t have bene made, so why dare to make a second? To that I have but one comment. If they made Sharknado 2, they can damn well make a Pacific Rim 2. Obviously quality of story and actors don’t determine if a sequel gets made.

The main reason I want to see a Pacific Rim sequel is that it was pure entertainment. Whose inner nine year-old wasn’t ripping like mad when Gipsy Danger started used a tanker ship like a baseball bat to beat the Kaiju. With so many movies out that have hidden messages or meanings behind them, I want a movie whose sole purpose is to entertain my inner nine year old.

To that end, I propose Pacific Rim 2: Jaeger vs Godzilla. In such a story, the last, most powerful Kaiju, is left frozen on earth. After the rift was sealed it wakes up. Something along those lines would be superb. But, Godzilla man, how amazing would that be.

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Poster from Collider

Next week is Finals Week (cue horror music), but, I’ll still be here, talking about what I’d like to see in the new Star Wars movie that comes out on the 18th.  I can hardly wait. Until then, keep calm and Geek on, my friends.