I’d like to take a moment to talk to you today about sequel escalation. In general, this is when the next movie in a series has an even worse bad guy than the previous one.
(This is not limited to only movies though)
I was thinking about this as I watched the Fast and Furious franchise, although this also happens in the new Bond films. I know that it is in someways inevitable; after all, if the new bad guy was easier to defeat, that would make for a bit of a dull movie, right? But that is in some ways the problem. There can only be so many international terrorists and criminal masterminds. Once you get rid of one of them, a new one does not magically appear.
There has to be some kind of limit here.
But that never seems to happen.
Anyway, just some random thoughts.