1. Middle Chapters Can Be The Best
In film trilogies, a great first film is everything, a solid conclusion is needed, and the second part is the most important… but also the most difficult to nail. There are many examples of terrible sequels, but what’s worse is when that sequel is the worst of a respective trilogy, like Iron Man 2, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Ocean’s Twelve, Mission: Impossible II, Hannibal, Three Colors: White, and Men in Black II.
Luckily, those examples are films that didn’t know how to further their characters in the narrative, and thus are stuck in repetition. The best second films, like Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Dark Knight, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Godfather Part II, X2: X-Men United, Spider-Man 2, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, Before Sunset, and indeed, The Empire Strikes Back, all found new ground to break. The Last Jedi has all the potential to craft an extended adventure that lasts as a great sequel — regardless of franchise — just like all the great ones.