While keeping an eye on a sick canine today (she has a corneal ulcer and needs regular medication), I noticed that the first Matrix film was on TV. I watched it, and it still holds up.
Then they followed it with Matrix: Reloaded. I made it through about ten minutes of that one before I said “meh” and turned off the TV.
It’s not that the second movie was all that bad, really. It was OK — it just wasn’t what a lot of us were expecting or wanted out of a second Matrix film, and the same goes for the third. It’s great that the first film stands on its own, and I’ll watch that one any day of the week… but I just can’t justify the time expense for all three.
Then I thought: “What if someone who really liked 47 Echo feels te same way about Supercritical?” I mean, I love the second book. But I doubt the Wachowski brothers looked at the second film when it was done and said “Eh, it’s all right, I guess.”
I showed Supercritical to a few beta readers, and I’m sure Reloaded screened before test audiences. My beta-reader feedback was good — even from some people who had been outspoken in not liking the first book. That’s how I knew I was on the right track.
I guess we’ll find out soon enough, as the book should release to critics and reviewers any day now. I’m optimistic — I think I’ve written a very decent story.
What about you, folks? Apart from the Matrix stories, which continuing stories disappointed you?