How do you refer to an item that was released earlier, but takes place after a "prequel"?

"Sequel" gives the clear implication that it was released after, this is not what I want.

In some cases "Original" applies, but that only works if the [word I want] was the first. Which isn't always the case.

For example:

"Caprica" is a prequel series to the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot released circa 2005.

But when talking about "Caprica", you can't just refer to that specific earlier work as the original "Battlestar Galactica", because the original was released in 1978, and Caprica isn't really a prequel to the original.

Another Example:

"Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins" is a prequel to the "Lego City Undercover" game for the Wii U, in this case "Original" probably refers to the aforementioned Wii U game, but might refer to the first Lego City game, or the first modern Lego, one could say "The original Lego City Undercover", but it is quite wordy, and due to the similarities in name might be a little confusing.

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    In cases where "original" won't do, consider similar terms like "previous installment" or "earlier work." Apr 23, 2013 at 22:50
  • @BraddSzonye Both of those are a little ambiguous, and are only cleaned up by becoming more wordy "the previous installment of the Lego City Undercover series", and I'm trying to reference said work quickly, without saying the whole name.
    – McKay
    Apr 23, 2013 at 22:55
  • Caprica is a prequel. Just like Star Wars I, II and III are prequels. Prequel refers to the position in the overall storyline, and actually appears to refer more often to earlier parts which were released after the "original" (like Star Wars).
    – Andrew Leach
    Apr 23, 2013 at 22:59
  • @AndrewLeach I'm not trying to refer to Caprica, I'm trying to refer to the 2005ish series within the context of Caprica. i.e. "You really liked Caprica? I didn't like Caprica as much as [the thing that it was prequeling (which is what I want a word for)]".
    – McKay
    Apr 23, 2013 at 23:01
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    @AndrewLeach I think McKay is looking for a word pair like protegé–mentor or parent–child that describes both ends of the sequel/prequel relationship. Child is to parent as sequel/prequel is to ...? Original is typical but ambiguous in the case of remakes and reboots. Apr 24, 2013 at 1:43

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Never mind, after commenting (above), I searched, and 'pre-sequel' appears to be a commonly used term for these types of situation. Episode 4 is the pre-sequel to Episode 3 (and 2 and 1).

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    Do you have an example using this in the sense you mean? I'm not very familiar with this word, but it appears to refer more to works like Attack of the Clones that are sequels to a prequel. Apr 24, 2013 at 1:38

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