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"Sure as day follows night, sure as eggs is eggs, sure as every odd-numbered Star Trek movie is shit."
Tim Bisley, played by Simon Pegg, who starred in the eleventh Star Trek movie, and noted the irony.

Various Star Trek series have collected various groups within Trek fandom: Some will love a particular series, some will gush about almost anything to do with Star Trek at all, and some will vocally express their rabid dislike of a particular movie or series, and present a laundry-list of reasons why it's the worst of the lot.

And then there's the Star Trek Movie Curse.

In a nutshell, the Trek feature films have followed a peculiar pattern: even-numbered Star Trek films have always done extremely well at the box office (with the exception of Nemesis). Odd-numbered films, on the other hand, have either failed miserably or still succeeded, but had a few glaring flaws that kept it from that coveted "top spot".

So far, the only films exempted from Curse are the tenth and eleventh, as 2002's Star Trek Nemesis sucked while 2009's Star Trek was a hit, contrary to their position in the series. It is unknown whether this anomaly means the Curse has actually been broken, or merely inverted.

Two commonly proposed methods to realign the curse with "reality" are using the sum of the digits as an indicator, or alternatively including the Affectionate Parody Galaxy Quest as a Star Trek movie, inserting it between 9 (Insurrection) and 10 (Nemesis), as put by Sam Hughes. Another theory states that Nemesis wasn't good because it was a multiple of five, and like Star Trek V, was ~DarthWiki/So Bad It's Horrible~. This is followed by the excuse that Star Trek doesn't follow the pattern because of the interference of time-traveling Romulans -- besides, it wasn't made by the same crew as the rest. A third theory says that, because of Star Trek's departure from established canon and lack of any apparent message, it is "bad", and it (at least) follows the theory.

Some have also taken to referring the reboot film as "Star Trek 0," thus placing it in an arguably even spot.

Ominously, all of these "patches" to account for the curse failing twice in a row predict that Star Trek XII (the sequel to the reboot film) will be bad. If the film turns out to be good, then either the curse is well and truly broken, or it has been reset to the classic odd-bad, even-good paradigm. Or even more elaborate theories will need to be developed to account for it.

Michael Demtschyna, as noted above, along with SF Debris, have suggested the alternate theory that the movie is bad when any of the main characters sing. These are The Final Frontier, Generations, Insurrection, and Nemesis (with Chuck snarking that Star Trek the Motion Picture doesn't contain singing only because it would distract from the boredom).

Currently, Blu-Ray Disc collectors can buy the even-numbered movies and reboot individually, while the odd-numbered movies are only available in box sets of Star Trek films.

Films (other than Star Trek)

Interestingly, the Indiana Jones franchise seems to be the opposite; odd-numbered movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) do well, while even-numbered movies (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) are nowhere near as good.


In addition, the odd-numbered Beethoven symphonies are the classics (3, 5, 7, and 9. 1, not so much), whereas the evens don't get as much attention.

Western Animation

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic followed this pattern for a time. Season 1, whilst not considered bad, is often thought to suffer from Early Installment Weirdness and a very restrictive Aesop format. Season 2 is often thought to be where the show grew the beard (however, it had many more controversial episodes than the first season did). The 3rd season is the considered the most controversial and badly received so far (especially the finale). Then season 4 was mostly well-received (especially the finale). Season 5 broke this trend by having a mostly positive reception. On the other hand, Season 6 has lead to a minor Broken Base though, meaning it could be that the curse has either been simply inverted or completely lifted, depending on who you ask.

The spinoff Equestria Girls film series also seems to follow this pattern, with the second movie having a more positive reception than the third or first

Ben 10 appears to have a "third season curse". The original series's third season is often considered the weakest out of the four. Some fans enjoy it for bringing back fan-favourite villain Ghostfreak as the Big Bad and introducing three horror-themed aliens who all became Ensemble Darkhorses, but amongst other fans its episodes and story arc were considered overall weaker than the previous ones and the three previously mentioned new aliens were only used once each and weren't reused until Omniverse (apart for Benmummy/Snare-Oh who had a brief cameo in Ken 10). Also, this season had the misfortune to introduce Kai Greenwho the fans disliked back then and who later became even more reviled in Omniverse. Ben 10: Alien Force's third and final season is considered the weakest, because it started the trend of Ben progressively less intelligent and less sympathetic, brought back Ben's Arch-Enemy Vilgax only to have him suffer massive Villain Decay, and dropped the serious and fairly solid story arc of the first two seasons to instead focus mostly on Monster of The Week filler episodes with silly plots (infamously, one was about aliens pooping gold). Ben 10 Omniverse broke the fanbase with it's third story arc, which was criticized for being ridiculously Denser and Wackier, with the comical Incurseans as the main villains (whereas the preceding two story arcs depicted the fan-favourite Malware as the Big Bad), Ben going through more Flanderiziation into an unlikable obnoxious Idiot Hero, a massive Series Continuity Error in the finale and a overt Esoteric Happy EndingBen 10: Ultimate Alien is an exception, due to only having two seasons (although the second is often considered weaker than the first). Only time will tell if the 2016 Reboot follows the trend.

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