The final rule of horror franchises is that, because the sequence continues, the plots get easier and extra repetitive, till the inevitable reboot which resets all the things. Not so with the Noticed sequence. What began in 2004 as a intelligent, gripping, however comparatively modest thriller has, over the course of eight movies, turn into a preposterously difficult narrative, with flashbacks, parallel subplots, recurring characters, twists, turns, and head-spinning callbacks. Spiral: From the E-book of Noticed is the ninth film within the sequence, and it hits theaters this week. However it’s been 4 years because the final film, 2017’s Jigsaw, which itself was preceded by a seven yr hole since Noticed 3D. So followers might be forgiven for probably not remembering what the hell has occurred to date.The one true technique to make sense of what is going on on is to sit down by means of the entire earlier movies–and handily, the primary seven may be discovered on HBO Max, whereas Jigsaw is at the moment streaming on Peacock. However for these that do not have time, this is a recap of the important components of the story to date.The principle drawback of making an attempt to chronicle the plot of the complete sequence is that a lot occurs out of sequence. Each film accommodates flashbacks to scenes at totally different factors within the timeline, with quite a lot of essential occasions occurring earlier than the primary film. So let’s go from the very begin.There are a number of key gamers within the Noticed story, all of whom have some backstory that’s revealed earlier than the primary film kicks off. On the middle now we have John Kramer, also referred to as the Jigsaw Killer. Earlier than he was a torture-obsessed maniac, Kramer was a morally accountable architect with an equally healthful, pregnant spouse named Jill, who ran a clinic for recovering drug addicts. However a theft on the clinic led Jill to have a miscarriage, and shortly after, poor Kramer found he had an inoperable mind tumor. He tried suicide however failed, after which determined that his life ought to comply with a darker course. He turned decided to make use of his remaining time to arrange a sequence of ugly video games, every one designed to check his victims’ will to dwell.We even have Amanda, a recovering addict at Jill’s clinic, who was one of many folks concerned within the theft. Kramer abducts her, and she or he survives his test–the notorious “reverse bear entice”– and is “reborn” as his apprentice.Lastly, there’s Hoffman, a cop whose sister was murdered by her boyfriend, Seth Baxter. Hoffman learns in regards to the so-called Jigsaw killer, and makes use of a Jigsaw-style entice to kill Seth in an try to border the serial killer. Kramer learns of this, abducts Hoffman, and blackmails him into changing into one other apprentice.Pre-SawJigsaw, the eighth film within the sequence, served as each a prequel and sequel, and began with Kramer’s first ever recreation, a ridiculously elaborate take a look at involving the victims being pulled towards a wall of spinning buzzsaws. The only survivor is a person named Logan, who (we later study) mislabeled John Kramer’s X-Ray, delaying the analysis of his most cancers. Kramer recruits Logan as his first ever apprentice and the pair design the reverse bear entice.SawNow, onto the primary Noticed. The movie facilities on Dr. Gordon, the physician who first recognized Kramer’s tumor, and a person named Adam. Adam is a photographer employed by a cop named Tapp to spy on Dr. Gordon. Tapp is satisfied that Gordon is Jigsaw–he’s been framed by Hoffman (one thing we do not uncover till Noticed V). Gordon and Adam have been chained and locked in a toilet collectively, with a corpse on the ground.An orderly at Gordon’s hospital named Zepp is working with Jigsaw, and can homicide Gordon’s household until he can escape in time. Gordon finally ends up sawing off his personal foot, whereas Zepp is stopped from killing Gordon’s household by Tapp. All 4 find yourself in the identical warehouse, the place Zepp kills Tapp and Adam kills Zepp. Gordon shoots Adam earlier than he escapes, and Adam is left to die within the room. FInally, the corpse within the middle of the room stands up and divulges himself to be Jigsaw all alongside.Between Noticed and Noticed IISaw 3D: Gordon is nursed again to well being by Jigsaw, and recruited to turn into one other apprentice. He guarantees to maintain Jill protected after Kramer is useless.Noticed III: Amanda enters the toilet and kills Adam, who had not died from the gunshot wound Gordon inflicted on the finish of Noticed 1.Noticed II A dodgy cop named Matthews raids Jigsaw’s hideout and learns that the maniac is holding eight prisoners–including Matthews’ son Daniel and an undercover Amanda–in a home that’s slowly filling with a lethal nerve agent that may kill everybody nonetheless inside in two hours. Six of those victims had been despatched to jail on account of Matthews planting false proof, and one after the other, they’re killed by traps, leaving solely Daniel and Amanda.Matthews releases Jigsaw in alternate for the placement of the home, however sadly these occasions happened days in the past and what he thought was a dwell video feed was the truth is a recording. It seems Daniel was protected in Jigsaw’s lair all alongside. The movie ends with Matthew locked within the lavatory from the primary film, whereas Jigsaw and Amanda escape.Between Noticed II and Noticed IIISaw III: Matthews mangles his foot and escapes from the toilet, however is caught by Amanda quickly after.Noticed VI: Jill visits Kramer on the Gideon Meatpacking Plant, which Kramer constructed for a lot of of his video games, and the place he’s planning his subsequent recreation. He offers her a mysterious key. Hoffman discovers Amanda’s involvement within the incident that led to Jill’s miscarriage, and makes use of it to blackmail her.Noticed IIIOnto Noticed III, and that is the place issues begin to get actually difficult, because the occasions of each Noticed III and Noticed IV happen concurrently. Six months after Noticed II, two cops named Rigg and Kerry are searching for Jigsaw, with the “assist” of Hoffman. Kerry is kidnapped by Amanda and killed in a entice, with Rigg framed for the killing.The film largely focuses on a physician named Lynn Denlon, who’s positioned in one in every of Jigsaw’s traps (the shotgun collar) by Amanda and compelled to carry out life-saving surgical procedure on a bed-ridden Kramer. In the meantime, a person named Jeff is consumed with a quest to avenge his son’s loss of life by a drunk driver, and has his capacity to forgive examined by Jigsaw. Evidently, he does not forgive anyone and everybody concerned dies nastily.In the meantime, Lynn’s surgical procedure is successful, however a jealous Amanda refuses to take away her collar and shoots her as a substitute. Jeff turns up and shoots Amanda, then kills Jigsaw with a buzzsaw, which triggers Lynn’s collar. Bye Lynn!Noticed IVAs talked about, Noticed IV takes place similtaneously the majority of Noticed III. Rigg and Hoffman discover Kerry’s physique, and the film introduces two new cops–Peter Strahm and Lindsey Perez, who work out that Jigsaw should have accomplices. Rigg is kidnapped and compelled to play a recreation with a view to save Hoffman and Matthews. Nonetheless, Hoffman is simply pretending to have been captured and that is all a part of his plan to border Rigg.In the meantime, Strahm and Perez interview Kramer’s ex-wife Jill, and so they study in regards to the Gideon Meatpacking Plant. In the course of the subsequent investigation, Perez is injured by an exploding doll, so Strahm heads to the plant alone, the place Rigg is enjoying his recreation. Rigg triggers a entice that kills Matthews, however not earlier than Matthews can shoot him.Strahm bursts in simply after the ending of Noticed III and shoots Jeff useless. Hoffman manages to seize him and locks him within the plant to play one other recreation. Lastly, throughout Kramer’s post-mortem, a tape is present in his abdomen that tells Hoffman he’s to be examined, even after his grasp’s loss of life.Noticed VOK, 4 motion pictures down, 4 to go. Prepared for extra? Noticed V begins with Hoffman’s take a look at for Strahm–his head sealed in a field that slowly fills with water. Strahm makes use of a pen to carry out a tracheotomy on himself with a view to survive. In the meantime, Kramer leaves Jill a black field in his will.The injured Strahm is positioned on medical depart, with an FBI agent named Erikson taking on the Jigsaw case. However Strahm continues his investigations in non-public, appropriately believing Hoffman is Jigsaw’s apprentice. Hoffman begins a brand new recreation, involving a gaggle of people that had been all linked by their involvement in a constructing fireplace that killed eight folks. All however two of them die.Strahm figures out that Hoffman was concerned with the loss of life of Seth (Hoffman’s sister’s boyfriend, who killed her–remember?) and will get affirmation that he was working with Jigsaw. However Hoffman has framed Strahm as Jigsaw’s closing apprentice, placing Erikson on his path. Strahm finds a human-size field, together with a tape from Hoffman telling Strahm to climb inside if he desires to outlive. As an alternative, following a scuffle, Strahm throws Hoffman inside. Believing he has gained, Strahm discovers that this was Hoffman’s plan all alongside. Hoffman’s field sinks into the ground, because the partitions shut in on Strahm, killing him as Hoffman watches from security.Noticed VIWe’re getting there! Hoffman strikes onto his subsequent recreation, whose victims had been specified by Kramer in Jill’s black field. The sport focuses on William Easton, the corrupt CEO of the insurance coverage firm that refused to pay for experimental remedy that may have saved Kramer’s life. Hoffman forces him to weigh the lives of victims towards one another. Inevitably most of them die horribly, and Easton himself finally ends up being fatally injected with acid by the son of one other man whose remedy he refused to cowl.In the meantime, Erikson and the now-recovered Perez work out that Hoffman has been persevering with Jigsaw’s work. Sadly, Hoffman is there on the time, and is ready to dispatch each ridiculously simply with using scorching espresso and a knife. He then destroys all of the proof pointing to him and frames Strahm as soon as extra. Actually, Jigsaw’s apprentices ought to take extra pleasure of their work as a substitute of framing anybody they will consider.The movie ends with Jill kidnapping Hoffman and inserting him within the reverse bear entice. She tells him that is Kramer’s closing take a look at for him. Hoffman manages to flee however not with out tearing his face open. Eeeww!Noticed 3DDeep breath, simply two motion pictures left. After Hoffman escapes from the entice, Jill runs to Inside Affairs detective Matt Gibson and presents her testimony about Hoffman’s involvement in alternate for defense. Hoffman stays dedicated to his work and embarks on one more recreation primarily based on Kramer’s posthumous instructions, involving a self-help guru who falsely claims to have survived one in every of Jigsaw’s exams. In fact, when the take a look at turns into a actuality, he fails it badly.As soon as that is completed, Hoffman embarks on a bit killing spree, taking out Gibson, earlier than discovering Jill and becoming her with the reverse bear entice. After seven lengthy movies of teasing, we lastly see it go off, killing Jill in splattery 3D fashion.Hoffman will get able to skip city, however is kidnapped by Dr. Gordon, who reappears after six movies to lastly reveal that he’s one more Jigsaw disciple (the retcon to finish all retcons). He fulfils Kramer’s closing request by trapping Hoffman and leaving him to die inside the toilet by which the sequence started.JigsawHalf of Jigsaw’s occasions happen pre-Noticed 1; we lined that already. The movie’s current storyline takes place 10 years after Jigsaw’ loss of life. Logan, now working on the morgue, units up a recreation of Kramer’s first recreation. The investigating cop, Halloran, suspects Logan’s Jigsaw-obsessed colleague Eleanor, however within the grand custom of this sequence, Logan frames Halloran because the killer. The film ends with Halloran and Logan–pretending to be a victim–waking up in a room, fitted with laser collars. Halloran confesses that he let criminals free for private acquire. Logan reveals he’s this film’s Jigsaw, and lets the lasers kill Halloran.