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8th Mar '17 8:22:55 PM jharrison3051
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Sophomore Slump concerns shows that make it past an awful season 2 and into a decent or fantastic season 3. If the show doesn't survive the second season, it's a SecondSeasonDownfall.

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Sophomore Slump concerns shows that make it past an awful second season 2 and into a decent or fantastic season 3.third season. If the show doesn't survive the second season, it's a SecondSeasonDownfall.
31st Jan '17 8:24:59 AM OlfinBedwere
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* While neither ''Film/{{XXX}}'' nor ''Film/XXXReturnOfXanderCage'' exactly got glowing reviews, they were both considered to be a lot of dumb fun, with the former film being an outright box-office hit and the latter doing well internationally. The film in-between then, however, ''Film/XXXStateOfTheUnion'', was a critical and commercial bomb that didn't even star Creator/VinDiesel.
30th Jan '17 12:08:15 PM mariofan1000
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' is likely the least popular game in the series. At the time, it was one of the most experimental {{Role Playing Game}}s, with a very intricate leveling system as opposed to the original's "EXP = Level Up" model, and the plot was very intricate for an NES game, but it had many [[GameBreakingBug Game Breaking Bugs]] (Ultima did nothing whatsoever, most infamously) and the leveling system was so badly-implemented that many players wound up ordering their characters to attack each other to train them up. The game [[NoExportForYou didn't make its way out of Japan for years,]] which denied it even the NostalgiaFilter, and by the time it was released to other regions (thankfully fixing many of the game's faults in the process), nobody thought it especially innovative anymore.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' is likely the least popular game in the series. At the time, it was one of the most experimental {{Role Playing Game}}s, with a very intricate leveling system as opposed to the original's "EXP = Level Up" model, and the plot was very intricate for an NES game, but it had many [[GameBreakingBug Game Breaking Bugs]] (Ultima did nothing whatsoever, most infamously) and the leveling system was so badly-implemented that many players wound up ordering their characters to attack each other to train them up. The game [[NoExportForYou didn't make its way out of Japan for years,]] which denied it even the NostalgiaFilter, and by the time it was released to other regions (thankfully fixing many of the game's faults in the process), nobody thought it especially innovative anymore. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' is much more favourably looked upon for its world design, [[LighterAndSofter more upbeat story]], and for introducing the job system. The only knock generally held against it is it's [[NintendoHard brutally unfair difficulty.]]
13th Jan '17 9:21:38 AM spiritsunami
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* While the [[LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal second]] ''[[LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal run]]'' managed to more or less avert this, defying expectations (though it might still vaguely qualify due to being caught between the FirstInstallmentWins group and those who believe that [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness it didn't really hit its stride until the third run]]), ''Season'' 2 of ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon'' got hit with this hard, containing just five runs, two of which were more or less overlooked and one of which is largely considered a failed experiment in keeping things fresh (also plagued by mild {{squick}}iness for some due to the romhacks being used and some community drama).
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29th Dec '16 8:12:33 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Progressive Metal band Music/DreamTheater managed to subvert this trope with their second album, "Images and Words", which is not only considered superior to their debut album (When Dream and Day Unite) but is still viewed by many fans and critics as their best album.
29th Dec '16 3:38:58 PM Troper#184
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* Progressive Metal band Music/DreamTheater managed to subvert this trope with their second album, "Images and Words", which is not only considered superior to their debut album (When Dream and Day Unite) but is still viewed by many fans and critics as their best album.
19th Dec '16 8:50:17 PM thelivingtoad
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* Released as his third album, ''Music/TheTimesTheyAreAChangin'' by Music/BobDylan did not really please critics and listeners for the DarkerAndEdgier feel it had compared to his first two albums, even though it charted higher than both ''The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'' and ''Another Side of Bob Dylan''. The title track is the only highlight of the album and the only track from it that normally appears on his "best of" compilations.
9th Dec '16 7:45:58 AM OlfinBedwere
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* ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' is seen as the worst film in the ''Exorcist'' series. The first film is considered an all-time classic, and the third an underrated cult hit, but the second suffers from a GenreShift away from horror as well as a generally bizarre and unintentionally funny storyline. Opinions on the two attempts at a prequel film (''Exorcist: The Beginning'' and ''Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist'') tend to vary, but very few consider them to actually be worse than the second film.
30th Nov '16 8:27:27 AM dsneybuf
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* Creator/{{NBC}}'s second musical of TheNewTens, 2014's ''[[Theatre/PeterPan Peter Pan Live!]]'', received lower ratings than 2013's ''[[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic The Sound of Music Live!]]'' and 2015's ''[[Theatre/TheWiz The Wiz Live!]]'' did.[[note]]18.5 million viewers for [=TSom=], 9.21M for ''Peter Pan'', and 11.5M for ''The Wiz''.[[/note]] ''Peter Pan'' also stands as the only production of the three to receive zero Emmy awards.

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* Creator/{{NBC}}'s second musical of TheNewTens, 2014's ''[[Theatre/PeterPan Peter Pan Live!]]'', received lower ratings than 2013's ''[[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic The Sound of Music Live!]]'' and 2015's ''[[Theatre/TheWiz The Wiz Live!]]'' did.[[note]]18.5 million viewers for [=TSom=], ''[=TSoM=]'', 9.21M for ''Peter Pan'', and 11.5M for ''The Wiz''.[[/note]] ''Peter Pan'' also stands as the only production of the three to receive zero Emmy awards.
30th Nov '16 8:26:55 AM dsneybuf
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* Creator/{{NBC}}'s second musical of TheNewTens, 2014's ''[[Theatre/PeterPan Peter Pan Live!]]'', received lower ratings than 2013's ''[[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic The Sound of Music Live!]]'' and 2015's ''[[Theatre/TheWiz The Wiz Live!]]'' did.[[note]]18.5 million viewers for [=TSom=], 9.21M for ''Peter Pan'', and 11.5M for ''The Wiz''.[[/note]] ''Peter Pan'' also stands as the only production of the three to receive zero Emmy awards.
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