'Rise' Renewed for a Fifth Season, 'Rise: Remastered' will Finally cover first two seasons, and 'Dream Sequence' renewed for a Second Season- All in 2023.
Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for the first season of Dream Sequence, and the first four seasons of Rise.
Rise has been the flagship series on Pacer1 since the production's launch in 2021, and even prior during author Zachary Serra's stint elsewhere. Following the shocking death of protagonist John Callis in the finale of season four, readers questioned where the series has left to go now that their main cast of survivors have been left so aimless. Well, worry no further.
Rise has not only been renewed for a fifth season, but an expanded and remastered start to the series has finally been greenlit for 2023. Since launching on Pacer1 in 2021 with the third season of the series, many readers that hadn't been following the series before the production's launch were unfamiliar with how the series began. Due to a lengthy legal process that challenged the future of the series, the first two season of the flagship show have been lost media for the most part to readers. Well, no longer will that be the case. In 2023, two seasons- each comprising eight episodes twice the size of typical series installments in Pacer1- of 'Rise: Remastered' will hit the service, finally affording fans a look into the start to the show they'd never seen before.
Improved upon from its initial debut, Rise: Remastered will present fans with roughly twenty page-long episodes to flush out a world in its initial stages that many Pacer1 fans had never seen before. Experiencing the apocalypse in its earliest stages has always been one of the higher requested sights from readers, and their desires will finally be met. Exploring the true start to the New World Order, the fall of the cast's modern society, the people they'd met along the way and their strife with each other will all be seen in this new addition to the franchise. Told initially in 2018, the first two seasons of Rise have been greatly added to in a massive way, and viewers will get to read an incredibly improved version beginning in 2023.
In addition to this, Zachary Serra has spoken to the reception of the third and fourth seasons of the series, and has done his part to ensure character development, world building and improved story-detailing are a priority moving forward. "A lot of the third and fourth seasons were rushed, and I wanted to keep from that feeling as we move forward" Serra wrote in a social post in early October 2022, "the tone of Rise: Remastered's two seasons is greatly different from the third an fourth seasons that follow it, and the fifth season of the series will certainly take after the Remastered version's writing." Assuring readers that a dislike toward the writing style of the third and fourth season of the series would be left behind, Serra made it well known to the fans that the series is being taken in a new direction. "If you read the first two seasons, the fifth season will feel like an improved and heavily-inspired add-on to the first two seasons more so than the third and fourth- which in many ways- will make the last two year's feel like the black sheep of the family" Serra added on, "the friendships and relationships- especially the fan-favourite characters that readers have come to love- from the first two seasons will also be at the forefront more often. So- for the people itching to see Alicia, Franklin, and Salem brushing shoulders with each other more often- you're in luck!"
Away from the flagship series, Pacer1 also announces the renewal of 'Dream Sequence' for a second season. The breakout series, which debuted in 2022 to massive success on both Pacer1 and StoryFire, introduced the science-fiction genre to Pacer1 readers with the realm-shattering, reality-bending chronicles of Scarlett Bensen and Victoria Shea, and their brush with the realm beyond. Taking up ten episodes over the run of their first season, the girls were introduced to the realm that supports that of which their existence is hosted upon and presented with the test it met them with to prove their undeniable value. Evading the law, desperately reaching for a way to stop horrifying tragedies for occurring and tempting their own fate before finally being gifted with the realm's acceptance ended the season on a high note. Narrowly escaping the plane crash that had proved to be their final tragedy to stop, the girls concluded their first run watching the metal body slam into the ocean without the ability to take them with it. From the sandy shores of a nearby island, the girls watch the waves calm on the life they now take forward- one with their powers carrying over from their slumber-induced heaven beyond.
Being praised by readers and met with an incredible response as far as metrics go, Dream Sequence has proven to be one of the most successful series on the platform so far, shattering records and setting the stage for an eagerly-awaited second season, which has now officially been greenlit for 2023. With so many questions still left to be answered and many other points of intrigue left to be fleshed out, the second season of the series promises to be an intriguing and compelling installment in the story of our unlikely protagonists.
Whilst we are unable to share much more than what we have so far provided you with, make sure to keep in tune with Pacer1 throughout the final months of 2022, as the first week of December will see the full schedule for 2023 released, and grant you with all you need to know in order to keep in touch with the next chapters in your favourite series. Until then, we bid you adieu and wish you all the best.
See you soon. ;)