Watching the Matrix 2 & 3 this week has made me reflect on sequels in general - how many times have we seen a great and unique sci-fi film undermined by poor/average/cash-in sequels... Alien Planet of the Apes Star Wars Ghostbusters Back to the Future Robocop Predator Terminator Batman Highlander Men In Black etc It is soooooo very rare that a sequel ever matches or enhances the original - The Two Towers The Empire Strikes Back Aliens T2 (maybe) It seems paradoxical as I seem to always get excited about sequels to my favourite films, and yet always get let down! So many times I have really looked forward to a sequel, and nearly every time I have been disappointed... You'd think I would learn my lesson, but still I keep coming back for more! So, are sequels a good thing or a bad thing? I can't help feeling that Alien was greatly enhanced by the addition of Aliens, but then completely undermined by Alien3. Same with Star Wars. And what about the Matrix? I really loved the first film, but now I see it differently after two disappointing sequels, and I kind of wish they had just left it alone after one film.