Create a basic project with only the opening elements. Before you start work on an episode, do a Save As... with a new name. That way any episode specific changes don't affect the basic project.
Start each episode with that basic project.
Yes, i knew it had to be easier than everything else i had tried. Thanks - just a reminder that the only dumb question is the
one you don't ask...
As Jim says but Import the Title Opening Sequence into any other Sequence.
shooternz - unless i'm missing something simple, it doesn't solve the problem, since the sequence collates the components
and then wouldn't allow editing of a title clip, which was the original issue. All i need is the "look and feel" (fonts, sizes, colors, etc)
but still have to customize some of the clips, i.e., [part five] etc... The "generic opening" renamed to the newest iteration of the series
seems to be the simplest/easiest approach.