We know how (and where) franchises go to die, but what turns a one-off movie or a standard TV series into a franchise that can go on, sometimes even for generations?
Most prequels are bad. This is due to many staying to close to the originals that they become pointless as we already know what's going to happen like The Thing prequel. Others are simply bad and result in massive inconsistencies and headaches such as with Star Wars Episodes 1-3.
News of a sequel of a movie that you love can feel a little bittersweet: On one hand you get to revisit a fictional world that you love. On the other, there's a not insignificant chance that visit will be unpleasant and awkward. Even worse, though, can be news of a prequel.
I'm really digging all these Guardians of the Galaxy-style trailers. This movie's vibe is so good and fun that it can even make the Star Wars prequels look good! What is this black magic? Maybe Disney should give all the footage to these editors and re-release the trilogy as something that makes some sense.
In what might be the most bombad idea of the year, a Disney executive has revealed that those Star Wars stand-alone movies that have been discussed will be prequels — specifically, origin stories, potentially focused on characters like Han Solo, Yoda, or that guy on Cloud City with the ice cream maker.
Hollywood sells us quick hits of entertainment, and counts on our attention-deficit disorder to keep us distractible. But Hollywood also has its own case of ADD, chasing fads and cool ideas, and then running them into the ground. That can be a very good thing, because some fads are so dumb you can't wait for Hollywood…
The first full-length trailer for the Thing prequel is here, and it serves up a huge dose of claustrophobia and paranoia, laced with awesome bloody violence. If you've been skeptical about a prequel to John Carpenter's film, check this out.
Are there any gaps in the life story of William Adama you're dying to fill? Because Syfy has got your back. In addition to Caprica, they've just greenlit another prequel, focusing on the future Admiral's time as a viper pilot.
Ridley Scott says his new prequel to his seminal 1979 space-horror film Alien is definitely happening, and he's going to talk to venerable designer H.R. Giger about some new creature designs. And he drops some plot details. Spoilers ahead...
BSG spinoff Caprica launches next Friday, but as good as its opening episodes may be (And they are), we're still worried. Why? Because it's a prequel, and if science fiction has taught us one thing, it's that prequels generally suck.
It's prequel time, with Caprica newly out on DVD and both Star Trek and Wolverine hitting theaters soon. So we decided to rank 10 science fiction prequels in order of crappiness.
Star Trek and Star Wars keep venturing down the dreary route of prequels, and in the process, they've made the universe a way less interesting place. But prequels aren't just boring and predictable — they're also morally wrong and a scourge on humanity, because they portray people as helpless pawns of a history that's…
Must-see TV shows are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.
Title: Enterprise (later Star Trek: Enterprise)
Vitals: The early seat-of-your-jumpsuit days of Starfleet, complete…