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The sequel just got PREQUELIER!

Timon: Waaaait, wait wait wait, hold on a second. Three? What's with the three? No, no, no, the three has got to go.
Pumbaa: Timon, you can't use Two! There's already been a Two!
Timon: Mmm, you've got a point there, big fella. It's not a sequel, anyway.
Pumbaa: Yeah, more like a Behind-the-scene-quel!
Timon: A what-a-who-quel?
Pumbaa: Oh, you know, an Inbetween-quel!
The Lion King 1 ½; [1]note 

Also called a Midquel, this can be one of two things: when a new entry in a series is a sequel to one existing entry, and a prequel to another, or when it takes place during a Time Skip within an earlier entry rather than continuing the story. This device is often used to expand a portion of the story only touched upon in other entries, or if more story is desired but there's no logical place for it either before the beginning or after the end.

The two terms are sometimes differentiated, where an "Interquel" is referred to as an entry happening strictly between two previous ones of the franchise (e.g., Movie 3 takes place between Movie 1 and 2), while a "Midquel" takes place within a single work of the franchise (e.g., Movie 2 takes place within a Time Skip in 1). But continuity can sometimes be so convoluted (depending on whether it is an Immediate Sequel or not, or whether The Stinger overlaps with events from the other works), that establishing a work is in-between two others will usually suffice.

Compare Prequel, P.O.V. Sequel. Not to be confused with Simultaneous Arcs which is a story that takes place at the same time as another story, but focusing on different characters.


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  • Big Finish Doctor Who:
    • Every Big Finish audio drama featuring the Doctor takes place between television stories during the relevant incarnation's run, except for a couple of First Doctor and Susan Prequels. In several cases, they are set during a television story:
      • All of the stories in the Companion Chronicles and the Early Adventures featuring the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Sara Kingdom take place during "The Daleks' Master Plan", specifically between the seventh episode "The Feast of Steven" and the eighth "Volcano".
      • In "Excelis Dawns", the Fifth Doctor and the unseen Tegan Jovanka arrive in Excelis on the planet Artaris after they drop off the Gravis on Kolkokron in the fourth episode of "Frontios" and before they return to the titular planet for Vislor Turlough later in the same episode.
      • "Winter", the fourth story in the anthology "Circular Time", takes place during the Fifth Doctor's regeneration in "The Caves of Androzani".
    • "Return of the Daleks" takes place between the second and third Dalek Empire stories, "The Human Factor" and "Death to the Daleks!".
    • The spin-off series Rose Tyler - The Dimension Cannon takes place between the TV stories "Doomsday" and "Turn Left".
  • Independence Day UK parallels, from a British perspective, the first act of Independence Day.

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  • Marvel Comics produced Amazing Fantasy #16-18 in the 1990s to bridge the gap between Spider-Man's debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 and The Amazing Spider-Man #1, where his adventures continued due to Amazing Fantasy being canceled.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • In between Avatar: The Last Airbender and its Sequel Series The Legend of Korra are several comic book series, consisting of The Promise, The Search, Rebound, The Rift, Smoke and Shadow, North and South, and Imbalance. All of them bring back characters who were Put on a Bus, explain what the main characters did after the original series ended, and overall tie both series together. Rebound is notable for not only giving Mai A Day in the Limelight, but also being an interquel within an interquel, as it takes place either in-between or alongside the plots of The Promise and The Search.
    • The original series also has comic stories of its own, that take place in between episodes of the actual show. Even though they aren't needed to understand the story, they do give important info about canonical characters and what happened to them before the end of the show, and expand on what said show couldn't elaborate on.
  • The Avengers World storyline "Before Time Ran Out" takes place during the eight month Time Skip that sets up "Time Runs Out", the lead-in to Secret Wars (2015).
  • Fiends of the Eastern Front: The follow-up Stalingrad is set during the original story, which primarily takes place between 1941 and 1945.
  • All of the Firefly comics, apart from Float Out, take place between the end of the series and The Movie.
  • Some of the Gargoyles comics have references to the show's episodes, giving a rough idea of where the comics fall into the continuity.
  • Gambit (2022): The 2022 miniseries is set midway through 1990's Uncanny X-Men #267, which established that Gambit and Storm spent some time working together as thieves while the X-Men believed Storm was dead, but didn't go into any detail.
  • Ghostbusters IDW: The final miniseries that didn't follow the ongoing story arc is Ghostbusters: Year One, which explains what happened shortly after the events of the original movie.
  • Gravity Falls: Lost Legends is an interesting case since the chapters Face it and Comix Up take place after the episode A Tale of Two Stans, but before Weirdmageddon. The third chapter, Don't Dimension It takes place after the final battle with Bill Cipher, but before Dipper and Mabel's birthday.
  • Disney used the term "inbetweenquels" for all the "B" (and in one case, "C") chapters of Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
  • Marvel usually publishes prequel comics for their Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Barring the ones for films that are the first entries in their respective franchises, the comics usually serve as a bridge between the character's last cinematic appearance and their upcoming one.
  • Nightmares on Elm Street is set between the fifth and sixth Elm Street films, and gives a closure to most of the previous main characters.
  • Rivers of London: The first volume of this comic book spinoff of the book series, Body Work, is set between the previously-published novels Broken Homes and Foxglove Summer.
  • In 1966, various Marvel comics were reprinted in the UK in a magazine called Smash!. They produced one original story, "Monster and the Matador!", which was set directly after "The Avengers meet Sub-Mariner!" (following Bruce Banner, who was now stuck in Spain), which had originally been released almost three years earlier.
  • The Spike comics take place near the end of the last season of Angel... sort of. They're not exactly Canon, which is lampshaded.
  • The miniseries Star Trek: Untold Voyages takes place between the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It depicted the second five-year mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701) under the command of Admiral James T. Kirk from 2273 to 2278.
  • Superman & Batman: Generations starts in 1939 and jumps forward a decade each chapter. Generations II starts in 1942 and jumps forward eleven years each chapter, interweaving with the earlier story.
  • The Arrival takes place between and during episodes of season 1 of Transformers: Animated, except the last issue, Rise of Safeguard, which takes place between the third and seventh episodes of season two.
  • The Better Call Saul: Client Development online comic takes place between the third to last and last scenes of Saul's Breaking Bad debut episode, "Better Call Saul".
  • X Men 97 Foxe takes place between the Grand Finale of X-Men: The Animated Series and the first episode of X-Men '97, seeking to reveal certain things that happened between the two.

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  • Technically, 300: Rise of an Empire is set concurrently to 300, as the Battle of Salamis took place before the battle of Plataea. As such, scenes from 300 are mentioned as happening off screen (as they are happening simulatenously In-Universe), as well as a number of in-jokes.
  • Army of Thieves is one to Army of the Dead, taking place between the opening sequence (and during the opening credits montage) and the main action of that film while serving as an Origins Episode for Safecracking expert Ludwig Dieter.
  • Back to the Future Part II plays with this while doubling as a P.O.V. Sequel taking us to 1955 in the hours leading up to the "Enchantment Under the Sea" Dance and the lightning storm in the first film.
  • DC Extended Universe
  • Saw X is set between Saw and Saw II.
  • Dead Rising: Watchtower is set between the Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3 games, during the rise of the Phenotrans corporation and Frank West's short-lived brush with fame.
  • Dragonheart: Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire takes places 70 years after the prequel Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse but years before the original film.
  • The Fast and the Furious series has done this twice.
    • A short film released on the 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD set chronicles police officer Brian's journey from Los Angeles, as he's become a wanted man for helping Dominic escape at the end of the first film. He ends up in Florida, which is where the sequel begins.
    • This has been the basic pattern for films four through six, respectively Fast and Furious, Fast Five and Fast and Furious 6. In the sixth movie the timelines converge with the previously last chronological installment when Han dies, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The series then plays chronologically from there with Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, Hobbs and Shaw, F9, and Fast X.
  • Every single Hellraiser movie after Hellraiser: Bloodline takes place in between that film's 1996 and 2127 segments.
  • L: change the WorLd is a variation of this. The bulk of it doesn't take place between the two Death Note movies, but between two scenes of the second movie.
  • The Direct to Video Marley And Me The Puppy Years is about what the title says. Also, Marley is Suddenly Speaking.
  • Inverted with The Godfather Part II as its both a prequel and sequel to The Godfather showing parallel stories of what happened prior with Vito Corleone's early life after emigrating to the States and what happened after with Michael being the new don of the Corleone crime family.
  • Also inverted with Paranormal Activity 2 as it shows everything that happened immediately before and immediately following the events of the first Paranormal Activity.
  • The short Rings, available on the The Ring Special Edition DVD, chronicles the journey of the deadly VHS made to get into the hands of the unlucky victim in The Ring Two.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road has been said by its director George Miller to loosely fit somewhere in between the original Mad Max film (1979) and its sequel Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981).

  • Inverted with The Book of Dust, which is an "outerquel"; the first book takes place before His Dark Materials, and the subsequent two take place afterwards. Philip Pullman calls it an "equal".
  • Brotherband takes place in the same universe as Ranger's Apprentice. It takes place after book 4 (where Erak was elected Oberjarl), and before book 10 (where Hal's achievements are discussed).
  • Captain Blood: His Odyssey has a very satisfying finale. Continuing after that would have diluted the effect. Not to mention a possible moral dilemma of Peter Blood going against his former friends. But readers wanted more Captain Blood, and Rafael Sabatini wrote 15 shorter stories set between the chapters of the original novel. Those were collected as Captain Blood Returns (retitled The Chronicles of Captain Blood in Britain) and The Fortunes of Captain Blood.
  • Children of the Red King : Gabriel and the Phantom Sleepers is the latest book written to date but is apparently set some time before Charlie Bone and the Red Knight, as Bloor's Academy hasn't been renamed Bone's Academy yet and Ezekiel and Manfred are briefly mentioned in the present tense, meaning they are still alive.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - The entirety of the fifth (or third) book, The Horse and His Boy, occurs in the middle of the Time Skip before the final chapter of the first (or second) book, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. The Pevensie siblings are twentysomething kings and queens, and they haven't returned to England and de-aged yet.
  • Circleverse: The eleventh book, Battle Magic, is set between The Circle Opens and The Will of the Empress, detailing the war between Gyongxe and Yanjing that Briar, Rosethorn and Evvy got involved in.
  • The eighth novel of The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole takes place chronologically between the fourth and fifth novels of the series.
  • This trope is a major feature of the Deryni portion of Katherine Kurtz's works. Several short stories, the Heirs of Camber trilogy (published 1989-1994) and the Childe Morgan trilogy (first published in 2003 and still incomplete as of 2011) are set between the Camber trilogy (published 1976-1981) and The Chronicles of the Deryni trilogy (published 1970-1973).
  • Detective Joe Sandilands: The Palace Tiger takes place between chapters 27 and 28 of Ragtime in Simla. There is a time skip between chapters during which Sandilands goes from Simla to a steamship bound for France, and mentions in passing that he was sent to deal with 'an incident in the northwest' while aboard. The Palace Tiger covers that incident.
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  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe: All the Doctor Who Missing Adventures and Past Doctor Adventures are in the gaps between Doctor Who TV episodesnote . The final Eighth Doctor Adventures novel, The Gallifrey Chronicles, was released in June 2005, when the revival series and its New Series Adventures tie-in line with the Ninth Doctor had started.
  • Because the books in Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos (Dragaera) novels are not written in chronological order, the majority of them are interquels. Dragon deserves special mention, as due to its telling of multiple separate-but-related plots, it takes place both before and after the book Yendi.
  • Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman released a new Dragonlance trilogy (The Lost Chronicles) that fill in the gaps between the books in the original Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy. Specifically, only the first novel, Dragons of the Dwarven Depths is an interquel, filling the gap between the end Dragons of Autumn Twilight and the beginning of Dragons of Winter Night. The other two novels in the trilogy take place concurrently with Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning.
  • The first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series actually starts the chronologically latest arc (9th Pass). Several books since then have been a mix of prequel and interquel.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Side Jobs and Brief Cases contain short stories and novellas that take place between one book and another, and quite conveniently tells the reader exactly where they fall in the series chronology.
    • The short story "Christmas Eve" takes place after book 16, Peace Talks, but came out some time before the book's publication.
  • The Empirium Trilogy: The events of Queen of the Blazing Throne novella run concurrent with what happens in Kingsbane. Some scenes from the later book are even shown through Obritsa's perspective.
  • Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series: The entire "Shadow" series (Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant) all take place alongside/in-between Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide. Ender in Exile then goes back and expands on the last chapter of Ender's Game.
  • Foundation Series:
  • The Honor Harrington series has been a briar patch of sequels and interquels since book 10, as a dramatic expansion of the plot led to the creation of not one but two subsidiary series that overlap with the main plot books, which themselves overlap each other — for instance, the thirteenth book begins about a month before the twelfth book ended, only catching up about a third of the way in. If one didn't get into the the series before the expansion they'll have a hard time understanding it all.
  • James Bond
    • John Gardner's last Bond novel, COLD, is divided into two parts, the first being set 1990, which is right after the ninth and before the tenth book of his, and has Bond learning about the eponymous organization. The second half of the novel is set right after his previous non-novelization effort, SeaFire.
    • Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz is set right after Goldfinger, placing it in the exact middle of Ian Fleming's original 14-book run.
    • Charlie Higson's last work in the Young Bond spin-off series was the short story "A Hard Man to Kill", which is set between the fourth and fifth books of his, as it details Bond's return from his adventure in Mexico.
  • The Alan Quatermain books by H. Rider Haggard. The first, King Solomon's Mines, introduces the character, already an old man; the second, Alan Quatermain, kills him off. Some of the other books in the series fall between them, although most tell of his younger days.
  • Many Waters, the fourth book published in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet/Quintet, is set sometime between the second and third installments, with Sandy and Dennys still teenagers while Meg is mentioned being in college. The fact that it's A Day in the Limelight for the twins helps explain why nothing in this story is mentioned in the third book.
  • Mary Poppins in the Park contains stories set in between various chapters of the first three books.
  • The Mary Russell series, in O Jerusalem, goes back and explores what Holmes and Russell did while they were hiding out in Jerusalem in the middle of the first book.
  • The The Maze Runner interquel The Fever Code takes place sometime after the fourth book, The Kill Order, and ends right before the beginning of the first book (technically, it overlaps with it, since the book's first two chapters are attached at the end).
  • Robert Lynn Asprin's Myth Adventures series got one, Myth-ion Improbable, published in 2001 and set between the third and fourth books (released in 1982 and 1983, respectively). The previous book, published in 1995, had ended on a cliffhanger, and Asprin felt he needed to get used to writing the characters again before he could deal with the situation properly.
  • Both volumes of Brian Lumley's aptly-titled Necroscope: The Lost Years take place during the timeskip between the second and third Necroscope books. Due to how he ended the series, his subsequent short stories and novellas have all been plugging into barely-there gaps too.
  • Book four of Ranger's Apprentice has Will going back to Araluen, still Halt's apprentice. Book five skips about five years and sees Will getting his first assignment as a fully-fledged Ranger. John Flanagan said that while he was writing book six, he realised missed an entire story there, so he wrote book seven, which details Will's final months as an apprentice and his graduation. Book eight continues where six left off.
  • The Redwall series has a bunch of these, particularly for Martin's lifetime. He was one busy mouse.
  • Rivers of London: Novella The Furthest Station was published after book 6, The Hanging Tree, but is set before it and after book 5, Foxglove Summer.
  • Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman is set 80 years after the second part of A Canticle for Leibowitz, but over five centuries before the third and final part.
  • Several books from The Shadowhunter Chronicles are interquels:
    • The first two books from The Eldest Curses are both interquels. The first book, The Red Scrolls of Magic, takes place in the Time Skip in between City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels from The Mortal Instruments series. The second book, The Lost Book of the White takes place in between Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and Lady Midnight.
    • Most of the short stories from The Bane Chronicles are interquels too. The fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and ninth stories are set between the events of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series. The eighth story is set between City of Ashes and City of Glass and the tenth story takes place during the events of City of Bones. Finally, the last story is set sometime between City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire.
    • The Last Hours also takes place in between The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments.
  • More than a third of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels were written to slot between the existing stories, often expanding on NoodleIncidents or historical events that occurred geographically and temporally close to previous novels.
  • The Sherlock Holmes novella The Hound of the Baskervilles was written as an explicit Interquel as the author had ostensibly killed Holmes off in the short story "The Final Problem" but felt like revisiting the character. He revived Holmes for real in "The Empty House" three years later.
  • Star Control: Interbellum takes place between the games Star Control II and the nonexistent Star Control 3.
  • Star Trek Novel 'Verse:
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • Queen's Shadow is set between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, detailing Padmé's transition from Queen to Senator.
    • Ahsoka is set one year after Revenge of the Sith, and explains how Ahsoka became Fulcrum, which she was first seen as in Rebels.
    • Lost Stars is a sidequel that starts eight years after Revenge of the Sith, and ends shortly after the Battle of Jakku, which takes place one year after Return of the Jedi.
    • Thrawn is set between Revenge of the Sith and the third season of Rebels (it came out a few weeks after the third season finale aired), detailing how Thrawn joined the Empire and rose to the rank of Grand Admiral.
      • Its sequel Thrawn: Alliances follows suit: It's split between a plot in the Clone Wars and a plot in the Imperial Era. The Imperial Era events are set between Rebels' third and fourth seasons. The novel was released several months after the series finale of Rebels aired.
      • The third book, Thrawn: Treason, takes place during the second half of the fourth season of Rebels, showing what Thrawn was doing on Coruscant between his departure in "Jedi Night" and his return in "Family Reunionand Farewell".
    • Leia, Princess of Alderaan is set between Revenge of the Sith and Leia's appearance in season 2 of Rebels, explaining how she came to join the Rebellion.
    • Bloodline is set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, specifically six years before the latter film, explaining how Leia founded the Resistance.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • In a probably rare occurrence, The Han Solo Trilogy manages to be an interquel, an outerquel, and a prequel. The trilogy as a whole was a prequel to A New Hope as it ended just before Han met Luke and Obi-Wan. But there were already books that told of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian's adventures before A New Hope. These were incorporated into the plot - "Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu" and "Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon" take place during the events of The Han Solo Trilogy #2 - The Hutt Gambit, with "Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka" taking place after the events of that book and prior to The Han Solo Trilogy #3 - Rebel Dawn, while "Han Solo at Stars' End", "Han Solo's Revenge", and "Han Solo and the Lost Legacy" all take place between chapters of Rebel Dawn. So the third new novel is an interquel between the old novels and the movie and the trilogy is an outerquel to the older novels.
    • The old Star Wars EU was packed with interquels. Timothy Zahn's The Thrawn Trilogy took place five years after Return of the Jedi; the New Republic was still fighting a defiant Empire, the Empire's capital world had been taken over, Han and Leia had married. When this trilogy jumpstarted the EU, and a lot of novels explored the years after that, others took on the intervening space. And there's always intervening space and new stories to tell.
    • Years after Galaxy of Fear was concluded, the story/homework assignment Death in the Slave Pits of Lorrd, or How I Spent My Inter-Term Break, was written to fill the gap between Army of Terror and The Brain Spiders.
  • Tortall Universe: The sixth series, The Numair Chronicles, is the Origin Story of The Archmage Numair Salmalín, who was introduced in the second series, The Immortals. The first book, Tempests and Slaughter, overlaps with the later three books of the Song of the Lioness quartet, ending shortly before the events of Lioness Rampant's climax.
  • In Elizabeth Lowell's medieval Romance Novel trilogy, the first book, Untamed, ends with the heroine announcing her pregnancy to her husband, and the epilogue features the birth of their son. However, in the two subsequent books, Forbidden and Enchanted, the character is still pregnant, meaning that they take place in the interval between the two chapters.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold has several times backtracked and filled the gaps between her earlier novels of the Vorkosigan Saga. Given that Bujold originally hoped to skip decades and centuries between novels, but ended up chronicling the life of Miles, there had to be a lot to fill:
    • Barrayar (1991), set between her debut Shards of Honor and The Warrior's Apprentice (both 1986), shortly after Shards. Retconned several details mentioned in passing in The Warrior's Apprentice, but becoming important in post-Barrayar books.
    • Mountains of Mouring novella (1989), set shortly after The Warrior's Apprentice (1986). The scope of the story is so small, its events affect nothing and only get revisited once, in Memory (1997), which is choke full of continuity nods and call-backs. However, the story defines the subject of mutations and mutation phobia, a Barrayar's hat, which was rather hazy in earlier novels.
    • The Vor Game (1990), between The Warrior's Apprentice and Ethan of Athos (both 1986). The latter seemed to imply that the transition from Oseran Free Mercenary Fleet to the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet was easy and Naismith's authority wasn't challenged later. The Vor Game tells how far from the truth that is. Amazingly, nothing was retconned.
    • Cetaganda (1996), midway between The Vor Game (1990) and Ethan of Athos (1986). Drastically changed the nature of Barrayar's arch-enemy — Cetagandan Empire — profoundly affecting every subsequent book. Also explained Dendarii involvement in the events of Ethan of Athos.
    • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (2013), between Diplomatic Immunity (2002) and Cryoburn (2010). Since Cryoburn is set far from Barrayar, it is plausible that the evens of Alliance are never mentioned.
  • A majority of the Warrior Cats Expanded Universe is made of interquels, many of which take place between The Original Series and The New Prophecy.
  • Tales From Watership Down is about two-thirds prequel and/or story within a story focusing on the adventures of rabbit folk hero El-ahrairah (sometimes using the Watership rabbits for a Framing Device, sometimes not) to one-third stories filling in the gap between the last full chapter of Watership Down and the Distant Finale epilogue.
  • Woodwalkers And Friends as a whole is supposed to be an Anthology series set between the novels of Woodwalkers. For example, it's first novel Katzige Gefährten is set between the last book of Woodwalkers and Seawalkers.
  • The Year of the Flood takes place in the same universe, and in the same time period, as Oryx and Crake, as does most of the third volume in this series, Madd Addam.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Two of the Babylon 5 movies, Thirdspace and The Lost Tales, are interquels. Thirdspace takes place somewhere in the fourth season, and The Lost Tales takes place between the final season's penultimate episode and the series finale (mind you, there was an eighteen year Time Skip between the last two episodes).
  • Battlestar Galactica: Razor has an A plot which takes place between the Season Two episodes The Captain's Hand and Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I, a B plot that takes place between the time of the Miniseries pilot and the first eight-or-so episodes of Season One, and a C plot that takes place during the Cylon War.
  • Technically, every Power Rangers series between Power Rangers S.P.D. (taking place in the year 2025) and the actual year 2025 will be one of these.
  • A twenty-minute midquel released before season 6 of The Shield follows up on the events of the fifth-season finale. The Strike Team attends the funeral of their colleague, Curtis "Lem" Lemansky, and reflect on his time with the group.
  • Star Trek:
  • The Thorn Birds Mini Series has a Time Skip after the birth of Dane, Meggie's son, till when he and his sister Justine are in their late teens. A 1996 Mini Series titled, appropriately, The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years was meant to depict the events of those 19 years. The problem is, none of the original cast, save Richard Chamberlain, was present, and the storyline and characterizations were completely inconsistent with both the original miniseries and the book on which it was based.


  • The stunning, lightning-fast plot of The Progeny take place in between Sophocles's first two Oedipus plays and his first play, Antigone.

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  • The Dreamer has short stories that can be read as these and as A Day in the Limelight stories.
  • Nebula has "Nix", a short story from Pluto's perspective. It takes places at some point between #10 (Black Hole first contacting Pluto) and #14 (Black Hole finally making her move).

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  • ChalkZone: The early season one episode "Rudy's Story" is established as Rudy's first meeting with Penny (particularly showing her as a new student of Mr. Wilter's class) and has her under the impression that ChalkZone is merely a product of Rudy's imagination, which indicates that it chronologically takes place after the first two Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts where Rudy was eight years old and before Penny's debut in the short "Rudy's Date", where she and Rudy already know each other and she first entered ChalkZone.
  • Dragons: Race to the Edge is set between Dragons: Riders of Berk and How to Train Your Dragon 2, filling in some of the gaps in how things have changed.
  • The first season of Monsters at Work takes place in-between the epilogue of the original movie, when Sulley and Mike have swapped screams for laughter and before Sulley reunites with Boo.
  • The finale arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars mostly counts as a midquel for Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, with Anakin and Obi-Wan leaving to go rescue Palpatine, Dooku's death being a minor plot point, and, of course, Order 66.

Alternative Title(s): Midquel, Inquel