Originality 2: More Original Than Last Time

My good friend Jacob Patterson-Stein and I got into some good talks on our radio show tonight about sequels. Jacob thinks they are getting better, which may be true. But that’s all I see of late. This-and-That 2, and Donuts: The Reckoning of the Hole. I’m seriously beginning to think that originality, and non-forumlualic thinking is on its way out the door. Maybe that’s just how it seems, but think about all the sequels Disney has produced. The Santa Clause 2… Halo 2… Final Fantasy X-2… Ocean’s Twelve, Jurassic Park IV (Oh buddy it’s true)… and whatever.

Now there are some benefits to having sequels in anything. First off, a pick up of a familiar story. No need to readjust yourself to new characters, or locales or storylines. THEY MAKE MONEY is why there are so many of them. I think there is some correlation with sequels and current television programming of late. It’s all reality TV. Sitcoms seem to be a dying breed (of a formula based programming). It seems that everything is ONLY about money now, and the Media isn’t trying to hide it. It’s aggravating me. But as always, we can hope that this Jurassic Park will be better than the last. You know you are going to end up seeing it. Or the sequel to Clerks… or the Sequel to AOL… or the sequel to your mother. But hey… I’m waiting for the prequels.

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