People Explain Which Sequels Are Actually Better Than The Original
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Who doesn't love adding to a story?

We've all watched a film, a tv show, read a book or played a game that once it was over, our hearts sank.

We wanted more!

What happens next?

You never want great stories to end.

And sometimes, the continuation surpasses the original.

It's rare, but it happens.

And I will die on this hill.

Redditor FireSwarm21 wanted to know what sequels and beyond were a step above the originals.

They asked:

"What sequels are better than the original?"

I love sequels to my favorite stories. The characters never leave.

Rescue Me

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"The Rescuers Down Under."


"Wow! I haven't seen this movie in likely over 20 years!! Used to be one of my favorites... does anyone know if it's on Disney+?"


Let's Game

"Uncharted 2: Among thieves."


"I think is extremely common in games since the first one usually doesn't just have to set up characters and story but also the style, engine, etc... With the second the studio can invest way more into the actual game."


"The even numbered Uncharted games are my favorites even though 1 and 3 are good too."



"Silent Hill 2. The game, to be clear, not the second film."


"Even though I wouldn't call the first Silent Hill a good movie, I do really think Cristopher Gans cared about Silent Hill and tried his best."

"You can see he made some changes to the characters and story to male it a more 'palatable' movie for Hollywood. Maybe those changes shouldn't have been made but you can see the reason why it was. If nothing else that movie looked like Silent Hill."


The Next Generation

"Wrath of Khan."


"The movie that saved Star Trek. And over Gene Roddenberry's objections, I might add. Also, it still kind of blows my mind that only 5 years passed between The Wrath of Khan and The Next Generation. They feel like completely different eras."


"Wrath of Khan has a late 70s feel in a 1982 movie. What most people think of as the 80s hadn't quite hit its stride culturally yet. Meanwhile, if you look at the early episodes of TNG they feel a little dated, although not as much."


Star Stories

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"The Empire Strikes Back."


"Rewatching the trilogy with my girlfriend and the fight scenes are way waaaay better! The pacing, too!"


Ah the drama of the Star Wars series. A neverending saga.

Back to Gotham

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"The Dark Knight is leaps and bounds better than Batman Begins."


The Through Line

"Terminator 2."


"I agree but what is interesting about T2 is that the world-building and plot of the original Terminator plays a major hand in making T2 amazing. Having the antagonist from the first become the protagonist in the second sets up for an amazing plot and throughline."



"𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙤𝙖𝙙 𝙒𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙧 is better than 𝙈𝙖𝙙 𝙈𝙖𝙭."


"I watched mad Max recently for the first time and was so confused. I was like, 'where's all the post-apocalypse stuff?' I thought I was watching the wrong film and had to double-check. To be honest I didn't enjoy it that much but I did love all the sequels."


Dreamworks Works

"Shrek 2 = better."


"Shrek 1 was very good but Shrek 2 was an improvement in many ways. Shrek 3 was definitely the weakest of the series but not a terrible movie by any means. Shrek 4 was at least as good as 1 and 2."

"Actually Dreamworks does sequels pretty well as the major companies go. Kung Fu Panda 2 was just as good as if not better than the first. The third was not actually that good but they can’t all be winners. The tv shows are pretty good. How to Train your Dragon 2 tore out my heart and stomped on it but it was still a good movie. The Madagascar movies are all of similar quality to each other."


Talking to the Spirits...

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"Ouija: Origin of Evil was surprisingly better than Ouija the original. Now Ouija was pretty bad so it didn’t take much but usually these off brand horror movies go from bad to worse if they attempt a sequel."


Sometimes more of the story is always better.

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