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7 Superior SciFi Sequels

There’s a funny discussion in AMC’s video section between Ron and Gene about number movies (movies with numbers in their titles) that has me thinking specifically about sequels.

There’s a general perception that sequels are inferior to the original and while that might be true for most movies (Superman IV anyone?), there are a few exceptions.  Sometimes sequels are better than the original movies.  Here are seven sci-fi sequels that surpass the originals…


Aliens – Ripley returns to the alien planet as part of a space Marine rescue mission.

Why it’s better: Multiple aliens; more action; Ripley’s Rambo Revenge; Better characters; Bill Paxton’s "Game Over" breakdown.

Back to the Future Part II – Marty MacFly must preserve the present by traveling back to the past after Biff steals the DeLorean when Marty travels to the future.  Everybody got that?

Why it’s better:  Embraces time travel and paradoxes in a Gordian Knot of fun; Seeing the cool tech of 2015; re-visiting 1955 with another Marty running around.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – A Kirk in midlife-crisis battles an enemy from the past near a newly-terraformed planet.  Holy Kobayasi Maru!

Why it’s better:  Ricardo Montalban; Cool Genesis sequence; The death of a major character; Khaaaan!

Superman 2 – Superman must protect the Earth from three super outlaws just released from the Phantom Zone.

Why it’s better:  Not one, but three super villains to give Supes a run for his money; The city fight sequence.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Terminator returns from the future, only this time he’s a good guy sent to protect John Connor from the new model Terminator, a shape-shifting cyborg.

Why it’s better: Cameron’s signature liquid metal special effect used to portray the T-1000; Even more high-octane action; Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor gets tough.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – Luke Skywalker learns the ways of the Force under the tutelage of Jedi Master Yoda while Han and Leia get captured by Darth Vader.

Why it’s better:  The dark mood; The surprise revelation of the decade; maybe, just maybe, the fact that Lucas isn’t directing.

The Road Warrior –  Mad Max helps defend a small community from bandits in a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland.

Why it’s better:  Slicker storyline that expands on Max’s characterization; Has that little feral kid with that awesome, razor-sharp boomerang.

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