So, I recently signed up for a free month's trial of Netflix, with streaming video that we can get on our Wii or on our computers. So far I am enjoying it a lot, but it has prompted us to discuss movies a lot.
One thing we were thinking about is sequels, how they are pretty much never as good as the first movie, with a few notable exceptions. The sequel has to be substantially different from the original in order to be any good -- it can't just be a rehash of the same plot, as so many sequels inevitably are. It's like trying to repeat the same experience again, and it just can't be done.
It's kind of the same way in life, too -- the novelty of an experience is part of the experience, and a repeat performance lacks that novelty. Sequel-makers can't be blamed for trying, I guess, but at the same time they should know it will never work.