My own theory about why Connections 2 and Connections 3 are so bad compared to the original Connections and The Day the Universe Changed is that the original two were the life's work of James Burke while the other two are attempts to cash in on the success of Connections and on Burke's unique sense of humor. Unfortunately, one cannot do good research and make a well-thought-out presentation for much of anything, particularly not something as complex as a Connections episode, in only four weeks' time (assuming 13 episodes per season and the maximum possible research time per episode).

Sell-outs suck.