When a series puts out a shitty sequel, people can still appreciate the earlier installment(s). But is there anything where the sequel was so bad, you can’t even enjoy earlier installments like you used to?
Nip/Tuck was almost the worst show ever for its last few seasons*, but I still loved seasons 1 & 2. Or so I thought. I re-watched them recently. Without the rest of the seasons, they would hold up. But now that I know how things would get so ludicrous, I can’t watch. I can’t see reasonable, sympathetic patients in season 2 knowing season whatever had a guy who fucks couches. And that Couch Fucker isn’t the craziest patient by far. I can’t watch Matt be a decent human being in seasons 1-2 knowing he’s going to commit robberies dressed as a mime later.
*Unless you’re into guilty pleasures. Then it will never be matched.
This is the first time this happened to me though. No matter how bad something got, the suck stayed self-contained. This is the first time it blew the doors off the rest of the series. What about you?