Good thread! My 2 cents, as I am sure the whole forum is expecting them.
1. Star Trek fans are lobotomized, have no taste, and deserve to have
their eyes gouged out. So, I cannot comment.
2. Godfather can be seen in two ways: as a whole or in parts. In parts,
the filmic and dramatic breakthroughs of the first outdo the surprise
element from the second and third, making it a more authentic and
refreshing piece of artwork. As a whole, well, some think it is among the
best body of film ever made.
3. True Detective: a big resounding yes. Awesome piece but, just like
Garcia Marquez, I think Pizzolatto emptied himself with that first one and
won't deliver anything worth watching anymore. Truly sad.
Tin Machine II was a lot better than the first Tin Machine album. I thought Tin Machine II was one of about only 5 goodish Bowie albums post-Scary Monsters.
I thought Radiohead's 2nd album The Bends was in a different league altogether from their merely adequate debut Pablo Honey.
The B-52s first and second albums were both classic - although I prefer Wild Planet (2nd album).
As much as I like Lloyd Cole and The Commotions, I thought Easy Pieces, the follow up to their first offering Rattlesnakes, was weaker by comparison, although my favourite was their third and last ~ and mostly panned (as far as I can glean) ~ 1987's Mainstream.
Not a sequel exactly, but after the hugely enjoyable satire on the Thatcher years in Britain called "What a Carve Up!" by Jonathan Coe, published in 1994, there came, three years later, its follow up called "The House of Sleep" which, despite the fact it won awards, I simply could not get into and therefore never managed to finished if I remember correctly.
By contrast, having enjoyed Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" very much, I was also well entertained by "A Spot of Bother" which was his next novel, although I recall that it got mixed reviews.