William Sadler as the Grim Reaper is a sight to behold and the Reaper Rap is probably the best thing to have come out of this sequel. Still, a Bogus Journey spend way too much time in Bill & Ted's personal hell, in the process losing narrative steam and the type of fun that made the predecessor such a joy ride. That said, can we please have a third movie?
"Bogus Journey" unfortunately lives up to its name, with a sequel that captures very little of the charm of the original movie. While you can't accuse director Peter Hewitt of playing it safe - this is an altogether darker and weirder sequel, with Bill & Ted spending most of the film exploring an unpleasant afterlife - I don't think he understood that a great deal of these characters' appeal lies in their innocence.
What seemed a lackluster sequel on release actually stands the test of time better than the first film. Some inspired bits don't make up for the bulk of the film that falls pretty flat and veers more to offbeat and weird than funny. However William Sadler's 'Death' is one hell of a creation.
I actually prefer this sequel to Excellent Adventure. It's darker (the nightmare/hell sequences actually bothered me as a kid) and I loved the references to Star Trek: TOS and The Seventh Seal (although I would only understand this one as an adult). Looking forward to the very recently confirmed and long-awaited upcoming completion of the Bill & Ted trilogy!
Evil robot themses are trying to turn what remains of Bill and Ted's lives bogus, so they have to travel all through the afterlife to find the genius(s, or genius, it's a bit confusing) to bring the world back to its excellence. And it all culminates at a battle of the bands, the only appropriate place for such a bogus journey to end.