A pattern that I have heard several people mention in the past, and one that I noticed myself, is that with the Star Trek movies, the even numbered movies tend to be great, the odd numbered tend to be not so great. While I don't think every odd numbered movie is bad, they do tend to be a little lackluster in certain areas. Up to a certain point. This is how I view the movies. (skip the list if you don't care)
Star Trek (I): The Motion Picture - Probably my least favorite Star Trek movie. The director's cut at least makes it watchable, but I don't think I'll ever watch it on my own again. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - As far as I'm concerned, this is the first Star Trek movie. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't by any means great. There were some parts that I did love though. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - Probably my favorite of the TOS movies. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - The only movie I disliked more than this was TMP. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - Really fun movie. Loved it. Star Trek (VII): Generations - Probably my most liked of the odd movies. Wasn't as great as the even ones, but still loved it. Star Trek (VIII): First Contact - Favorite Star Trek movie, hands down. Star Trek (IX): Insurrection - I don't remember disliking this movie, but the last time I saw it I was a teenager. The consensus I have heard though, is that it's not great.
The pattern was pretty consistent it would seem, until the next one.
Star Trek (X): Nemesis - Wasn't the worst Star Trek movie, but it didn't feel like an even one to me.
At the time it just felt like a fluke, like it should have been great, but something was throwing me off about it. Then fast forward to 2009 and we have:
Star Trek (XI) - Has some faults, but I don't have any negative feelings whatsoever towards this one in particular. In my opinion, this was a pretty successful reboot.
However, if anything from the JJverse is leaving a bad taste in my mouth, it's:
Star Trek (XII) Into Darkness - When I saw it in theaters I thought it was good, but the more I contemplated it afterwards the faults of the movie became clearer and clearer. By this time, I don't have much nice to say about this movie.
So what happened to the pattern? Did Nemesis just blow it up? Are the movies from this point going to be reversed? Even is bad, odd is good? Does this mean we can really look forward to XIII? What are your thoughts on this?