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    Movie prequels - Does it matter that you know the ending?

    Movie prequels have become increasingly more popular. Are they simply a cash-grab and do we need them? When you already know the outcome of a movie, do you even care? Do screenwriters have to work harder when writing a prequel in order to make the audience "forget" that the end is predetermined? Do we even need prequels? Is there a need to have an explanation for every tiny reference that was made in a previous movie? The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest examples of this trend. Another franchise that comes to mind is Underworld. The third Underworld movie, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, was a prequel. Do prequels have to work harder to make us care? Or do we need them because we care too much about those characters?

    • I like this topic a lot! I've avoided watching prequel movies for this reason. I don't personally feel like they can offer a lot to the overall story if everything is well-established in the original movies. I suppose further character development can be achieved through prequels (i.e. how Darth Vader came to be, or Han Solo's backstory) but at the same time, a part of me doesn't necessarily care *how* Han Solo came to be the pilot of the Millennium Falcon, for example. I think prequels are sometimes a burden on the original stories, especially if they retcon or change traits or facts we know about characters. – Karen 6 years ago
    • I think prequels do have to work harder to create interest. I do, however, think Rogue 1 was one of the best prequels I've ever seen and is one of my favorites in the Star Wars franchise, even though I knew how it would end. The movie actually helped me appreciate Star Wars and what went behind getting the plans to the Death Star. Perhaps compare this to one that didn't do so well? I'm not hearing great things about the Hans Solo movie though I haven't seen it yet. – tclaytor 6 years ago
    • I'd just be wary when looking into Star Wars since yes, it is prequel-ception that helped boost the franchise into popularity, but Star Wars also have books, games, tv cartoon series, and comics that play into the overall canon of the universe. For instance, in the new Han Solo prequel, they actually based it on a Star Wars book and -- trying to not give away any spoilers -- they validated what happened in the Rebel animated series, therefore making it official canon. I think an interesting angle could also be the Marvel universe. Arguably, the hero 'trilogy' films are 'prequels' for the larger Avengers films as most Avenger characters don't appear until their solo-films have been released. – Pamela Maria 6 years ago
    • I think prequels are fun, because it creates the potential for world building. I agree with tclaytor about Rogue One. Yes, we know how it ends, but we got to see what lead to it happening rather than just hearing about it in passing. Prequels explore lore not previously seen in the source material. Another good example is The Hobbit. It tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins got the One Ring, but it also works just as well as a stand-alone story. – RebaZatz 6 years ago

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    Interesting analysis of one of the main issues of the show. I would have liked a bit more in depth review of the necessity of reproduction for something to be “truly” alive.
    Also, some of the themes that you touch upon have been shown before in movies and TV shows. The most obvious example would be the re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica. This show also asked most of the questions that Westworld asks about its hosts: Are they human? Are they alive? Are humans at fault for the uprising? Are they a new species? etc.
    The term “skinjob” (made popular by BSG, even though it originated in Blade Runner) would probably also apply to Westworld’s hosts.

    The Hosts of Westworld: Human or Synth?

    I agree on ‘The Cabin in the Woods’, not so much on ‘The Purge’.

    The Rules of Reviving a Genre: 'Scream' and Postmodern Cinema

    Exactly. I was surprised that it wasn’t mentioned. The first season is very well written and acted. It went off the rails after that.

    The Enhanced Reality of Reality TV

    i don’t mind tutorials, as long as they are tied into the game, i.e. they don’t just tell you press button A or B. They are pretty much the first level/mission of the story.

    Video Games And—Wait, Another Darn Tutorial?