What Maketh a Trilogy?

Remember movies with the same characters and a plot line that takes off where the previous one left off?

I remember them too. If there are three of these movies, then they are a trilogy. like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.

So why do I keep reading that Simon Pegg’s The World’s End is the last of a trilogy? The alleged trilogy is Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.

Let’s see. Labelling it a trilogy, Moira Macdonald of the Seattle Times notes the commonalities of the three movies: 1. Each movie is written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, 2. Wright directed all three movies. and 3. they star Pegg and Nick Frost.

Moira McDonald further believes that there is a sense of finality to” this movie.

Why? Finality to what? The stories don’t follow each other, and the characters aren’t the same.

What gives? Do the three commonalities in the three movies make them a trilogy?

Or is it the title?

I wanted the official word on this, so I went to The World’s End’s website. There was no mention of a trilogy.

So why are so  many critics calling it that? I don’t know and I can’t stand it.

Consider this:

If Simon Pegg and the gang do another movie, does the trilogy morph into a tetralogy? (Yeah, I looked it up. I challenge you to use tetralogy in four sentences–not necessarily related to each other.)

Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, three men, three movies, one trilogy

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