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Are prequels a bad idea?

 
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Are Prequels a bad idea?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:35 am    Post subject: Are prequels a bad idea? Reply with quote

Enterprise, The Phantom Menace, Prelude to Foundation, ...there are a lot of prequels that failed to live up to expectations. So are they always a bad idea? Are they doomed simply because we already know how they must end? If you're going to visit the past, is it better to retcon it (in the way that Genesis of the Daleks blithely contradicted pretty much the entire of the first Dalek story, to wonderful effect) and create something entirely new rather than to tie it to what we already know?

Can prequels work and what examples are there?

This question can cover any genre or medium.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope not, otherwise I'll be disappointed by Caprica.

I'll have to think about it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only one I can think of that I like is Temple Of Doom
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being a Twin Peaks fan, I found Fire Walk With me to be a bit disappointing.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE_LIBERATOR wrote:
The only one I can think of that I like is Temple Of Doom


It's a very loose prequel isn't it? It doesn't have any real bearing that I can think of on the events of Raiders and can be enjoyed as a totally seperate movie. Maybe that's why it works?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about "Batman Begins"? That was the best Batman film up to that point, I reckon.... (haven't seen Dark Knight yet...)
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think prequels are, generally, a good idea. However, every prequel I can think of is disappointing. Prequels seem to suffer from some type of poor execution, and an inevetable 'mis-match' with the original. Would like to think of a good one, but I can't.
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