In preparation for this post I was running through movie sequels in my head, and then it occurred to me to wonder whether sequel refers to movies only. It doesn’t…..
A sequel is a narrative, documental, or other work of literature, film, theatre, television, music, or video game that continues the story of, or expands upon, some earlier work.1
Oh balls. I considered just sticking to movies, but then the video games and the books kept poking me. They wanted to be heard too. Crud. I chose to exclude TV because to me, TV is an ongoing sequel. Until the final season every episode, every season, is a sequel. That narrowed it down a little. After much deliberation, here are my favourite sequels! [Please note this post contains affiliate links.]
Dragon Age: Inquisition
I absolutely loved the original Dragon Age and subsequent games in the series, however, it was the most recent that caught my attention. The storylines were great, the music beautiful and the art was just phenomenal. There was so much to do and see, and there’s DLCs as well to continue on the fun. I can totally see myself replaying this in the future to choose different paths.2
Lethal Weapon 4
I’ve always enjoyed these movies and the final one was no exception. I absolutely love the dynamic between Lorna (Rene Russo) and Riggs, and so the film that introduced her (#3) is pretty high on my list too. However, there’s multiple different parts of this film that just hits the mark and makes it so awesome. You’ve got Jet Li as the bad guy, Uncle Benny, Chris Rock as a new young cop, the secret of Murtagh’s fortune is finally revealed and there’s two very interesting pregnancies. The boys are older, a bit slower and get in deep trouble (as usual) and it’s just such a great film with so many classic moments.3
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
I’ve lost count of the many times I’ve mentioned my love for Tamora Pierce’s books, so here’s a little insight into what makes them so special. This is book 4 of her first series set in the lands of Tortall. By this point Alanna has become a knight and has left court after a showdown with the big bad. She sets out of her own, leaving her lover behind and this book is about her finding who she is. She’s not sure if she’s meant to be someone’s wife, she’s largely ignored her magic, and she’s pretty sure that the darkest part of her life is over. Nope, not even quite and she finds that she’s still very much in the hands of the Goddess.4
Wrath of the Lich King
There have now been six World of Warcraft expansions, and it is the second expansion Wrath of the Lich King which wins my favourite sequel. When trying to work out why this one always wins, I had one immediate answer: DRAGONS! I absolutely love the Dragons, the characters and the lore regarding the Dragonflights and this was the big ‘here be dragons!’ expansion. There was a lot of other lore and history flying about, and this expansion had some of my favourite raids too. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and one that holds fond memories. Legion may take over Wrath’s spot, however, I feel that it’s still too ‘new’ to be chosen just yet.5
Return of the Jedi
Did you think there wouldn’t be anything Star Wars on this list? Really? 😉 This is my favourite Star Wars film of all, and one of my favourite films ever. I have probably watched this film more than anything else in my life. I could quite happily sit and watch it all day, and have done so before 😛 There’s just so many different elements that make this the one for me. I love the start of the film and the whole rescue in Jabba’s Palace. I get shivers just thinking about the way Artoo shoots Luke his lightsaber, and Luke catches it, jumping into action. Luke is finally a Jedi Knight and the change between the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is immediately noticeable. This isn’t some farm boy any more, this is a guy who knows who he is, what he is and what he needs to do. There’s so much more, I could go on and on. I’ll just say one last thing; Ewoks. Enough said.
How about you; are any of these your favourite sequels? What are your favourites?