Quotes / Sequel Escalation

It's time for my pound of flesh!
Psychos, Borderlands

It's time... for THREE pounds of flesh!
Psychos, Borderlands 2

The mistake is to lazily tell stories about ever-larger powers and effects, and so start an 'arms race' of Realms Shaking Events each trying to outdo the last.
Ed Greenwood, interview in Kobold Quarterly #3

You know how Super Mario went from Land, to World, to Galaxy and now they've sort of written themselves into a corner? I can't help thinking this franchise is taking a similar path, and once they get to Arkham Universe you can't rely on suspension of disbelief to explain how the Joker can pay for a space program.

The Die Hard movies keep getting bigger in scope. First one: stuck in a building. Second one: stuck in an airport. Third one: stuck in New York City. Fourth one: stuck....in the entire eastern half of the United States. And then the fifth one now is... Russia? All of Russia, somewhere in Russia? And Russia is quite bigger than the U.S., geographically speaking. So the next one is: John McClane stuck on Earth.
Half in the Bag on the Die Hard franchise

Kersey travels from town to town, and inevitably is forced or talked into taking up arms against the scum. As is usually the case, the first film is both stronger and subtler than those that follow. In the original, Kersey is physically and emotional vulnerable. After his first encounter with a mugger, he runs to his bathroom and throws up... he arms himself with a simple revolver, while in the later films he leaned on increasingly outrageous ordnance (as we shall see).
Jabootu on Death Wish 5

So this is "raising the stakes" in a Weekend at Bernie's sequel, issit? Having a voodoo curse...

...animate a dead body...

...when music is playing.

Sigh. Wha—How would they even top that in the third one? They would have to have him a cyborg.

You know a lot of people hated The Da Vinci Code but I liked it well enough. Its by no means a great movie, but its not ass either. It's a standard follow the puzzle adventure movie which works well enough. You have a theory of the Catholic Church which is crackpot to say the least in real life but in terms of a fictional movie world works to add a sense of drama... Sadly this is the weaker of the two efforts by [Ron] Howard. The story is about a particle of antimatter which is stolen and if released from its protective case it will be like 9/11 times a million. Wait, before I go any further: antimatter!? Since when did Dan Brown write for Star Trek?

You know how in a sequel, you have to keep making everything bigger and better? Even when it doesn't make sense, a.k.a. the "Why Didn't They Just Send The Liquid Metal Terminator The First Time" principle?

That is definitely...bigger than the last one.
David Levinson, Independence Day: Resurgence