Right off the back of the release of The Maze Runner (2014) it was announced that the sequel, The Scorch Trials, will be released in September 2015.
I am equally excited and nervous for the sequel because this trilogy has a lot of potential but it could also go horribly wrong. Here are five things they need to get right for The Scorch Trials. If you haven't read the book and you don't won't to be spoiled look away now. I'm sure there's something you could read or watch.
1. A Great Script
I think we can all agree that the script for The Maze Runner was just okay, especially when it came to building this world. For the sequel to be a success the script needs to be a lot stronger and less sloppy.
When I read the book I found that the cranks weren't scary enough. I think that they should be extremely uncomfortable to look at and to see in action. Especially since the same sort of thing could happen to Thomas and his friends.
I sort of felt that Teresa was underutilised in The Maze Runner. Her character was underdeveloped and not as strong as in the books. It wasn't that big of a problem in The Maze Runner but she plays a big part in The Scorch Trials. They can't make the same mistake in the second movie as she is a crucial part of the series.
If you're still reading this you know Jorge is very important. The only thing they could do for the movie is to improve upon the portrayal of Jorge. He's supposed to be Hispanic/Mexican (I think) but I found the portrayal of his race in the book to be lacking. If they improve upon it they can really say that they have a diverse cast.
The setting in The Scorch Trials is a character in itself. The Maze Runner had a great set but The Scorch Trials is set in such a bigger world that they really need to nail the setting. I want to believe that something horrible has happened to this place and that it's not just actors running in front of a green screen.
So, is this anything you guys want to be included or even excluded from the sequel? Are you excited for it? Let me know.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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