Movie Sequels

9 Jun

So Hollywood has decided to start reinventing decades old franchises for some reason and turn them into new movies. You may remember I reviewed the newest Indiana Jones movie recently. I have mixed feelings on these old franchises being reborn, but there is one thing I don’t have mixed feelings about: The new way of numbering/naming of the movies.

It seems that all of these new movies are deciding to just ignore the previous movies. Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, and now Rocky Balboa. What? Shouldn’t it be Rocky VI? Could they not figure out the roman numeral for 6??

The First Blood Ramboseries couldn’t make up its mind from the beginning. First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, and now Rambo. My question is what happened to Rambo 2? Shouldn’t the third movie have been called “Rambo II: First Blood Part III”??? Now decades later we have a new movie which is set years after the third on (where Rambo should have died anyways) and they just call it Rambo (working title was actually John Rambo but I guess they wanted to differentiate it from the Rocky series somehow).

The most recent example of this numerological nightmare is the upcoming Star Trekmovie. (Disclaimer: I am a HUGE Trekie. I LOVED Star Trek.) The new Star Trek movie is called “Star Trek.” Yes, the 11th Star Trek movie is called just “Star Trek.” From what I read on wikipedia it’s sort of a prequel, but not really. It is taking place immediately after the original Enterprise is built and has the original crew (Kirk, Spock, etc). But the original Star Trek TV show started on the first mission of the Enterprise. Never mind that the short lived TV show “Enterprise” was set on a ship named the Enterprise, but was 100+ years prior to the first NCC-1701. ( Star Trek: The Next Generation is on the ship NCC1701-D or the 4th Enterprise).

Star Trek Teaser Poster

From the brief glimpse in the trailer I can already see that the new movie will have a “modern” Enterprise. I understand that since we’re making the movie 40 years later in some respects you HAVE to make it more modern, but I still find it weird!

Back to the number rant. Star Trek movies went like this: Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. After the 6th movie we switch to the TNG crew, so not following the number order is ok (I guess) and it continues: Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis, and now Star Trek.

There are more movies that I could list here like “Alien” but have decided that I’ve made you read enough. Can’t we just decide if we are going to use numbers or not? Please?

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7 Responses to “Movie Sequels”

  1. sunshinekmp June 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    Wow….good post but you kinda lost me in the star trek stuff…..probably just because I’m not really interested in Star Trek and don’t know a lot about it! 🙂

  2. Joe O. June 9, 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    I actually edited out a large section of the Star Trek rant for that reason…:)

  3. Rob June 9, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

    Joe, I had no idea you were a Trekkie…..you think you know somebody!

  4. InfiJess June 9, 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    ::lowers head, raises hand, holds up TNG Nitpickers Guide with dog eared corners and multiple bookmarks::

  5. uohaa June 10, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    Great Information blog ! Thank you for keeping up the good work. I look forward to returning to your blog, and learning more from you !

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