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15th Dec '17 4:46:22 PM Anddrix
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** The phenomenon repeated itself with the 3D ''Mario'' games. ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' was widely beloved. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' was [[LoveItOrHateIt much more divisive]], stripping away the franchise's most [[MascotMook iconic]] [[PowerUp features]] and adding [[ScrappyMechanic some very un-Mario gameplay elements]]. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and its sequel represent a serious return to form.

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** The phenomenon repeated itself with the 3D ''Mario'' games. ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' was widely beloved. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' was [[LoveItOrHateIt much more divisive]], divisive, stripping away the franchise's most [[MascotMook iconic]] [[PowerUp features]] and adding [[ScrappyMechanic some very un-Mario gameplay elements]]. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and its sequel represent a serious return to form.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' manages to subvert this on multiple fronts. The second season had quite a handful of episodes that [[BrokenBase divided fans into two or more sides]] ([[LoveItOrHateIt especially when it comes down to whether they liked the episode or not]]) with debates that still continue to this day. Despite this, it also contained some universally loved episodes and wound up getting that third season. And despite ''that'' being one of the most divisive season of the bunch, it ''still'' managed to get a fourth, fifth, and ''sixth'' season, all loved by fans alike.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' manages to subvert this on multiple fronts. The second season had quite a handful of episodes that [[BrokenBase divided fans into two or more sides]] ([[LoveItOrHateIt especially (especially when it comes down to whether they liked the episode or not]]) not) with debates that still continue to this day. Despite this, it also contained some universally loved episodes and wound up getting that third season. And despite ''that'' being one of the most divisive season of the bunch, it ''still'' managed to get a fourth, fifth, and ''sixth'' season, all loved by fans alike.
24th Oct '17 1:11:45 PM xcountryguy
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* Book Two: Spirits of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' received polarized reception from fans and critics due to its writing and animation[[note]]-- half of the season was done by Creator/StudioPierrot, rather than Creator/StudioMir[[/note]], and is generally agreed upon to be the weakest season of the show. The following two books were much better received, with many of the events of Book Two made fun of in the final season (such as [[spoiler: Toph]] calling the Water Tribe Civil War "[[SelfDeprecation nonsense]]", while the simplistic, uncharismatic BigBad Unalaq was [[TakeThatScrappy hilariously lambasted in a recap episode by Varrick]]).

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* Book Two: Spirits of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' received polarized reception from fans and critics due to its writing and animation[[note]]-- half of the season was done by Creator/StudioPierrot, rather than Creator/StudioMir[[/note]], and is generally agreed upon to be the weakest season of the show. The following two books were much better received, with many of the events of Book Two made fun of in the final season (such as [[spoiler: Toph]] [[spoiler:Toph]] calling the Water Tribe Civil War "[[SelfDeprecation nonsense]]", while the simplistic, uncharismatic BigBad Unalaq was [[TakeThatScrappy hilariously lambasted in a recap episode by Varrick]]).
18th Sep '17 10:08:45 AM jtierney50
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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. With the critical panning of [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again!]], this may be coming the StarTrekMovieCurse.

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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. With the critical panning of [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again!]], this may be coming becoming the StarTrekMovieCurse.
18th Sep '17 10:08:11 AM jtierney50
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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=]'', 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. With the critical panning of [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again!]], this may be coming the StarTrekMovieCurse.
18th Sep '17 9:52:44 AM jtierney50
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* [[Creator/BenCroshaw Many fans]] consider ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' to be the worst game in the series, as it stripped away the first game's {{Deconstruction}} of the ButThouMust nature of video games and changed the genre from Horror to something more akin to a Tower Defense Game. Creator/IrrationalGames apparently agrees, because no reference was made to the events of the game in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'''s [=DLC=] ''VideoGame/BurialAtSea''.

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* [[Creator/BenCroshaw Many fans]] consider ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' to be the worst game in the series, as it stripped away the first game's {{Deconstruction}} of the ButThouMust nature of video games and changed the genre from Horror to something more akin to a Tower Defense Game. Creator/IrrationalGames apparently agrees, because no reference was made to the events of the game in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'''s [=DLC=] ''VideoGame/BurialAtSea''.''VideoGame/BurialAtSea'', which took place in Rapture and [[spoiler:set in motion the events of the first game]].
18th Sep '17 9:51:46 AM jtierney50
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* [[Creator/BenCroshaw Many fans]] consider ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' to be the worst game in the series, as it stripped away the first game's {{Deconstruction}} of the ButThouMust nature of video games and changed the genre from Horror to something more akin to a Tower Defense Game. Creator/IrrationalGames apparently agrees, because no reference was made to the events of the game in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'''s [=DLC=] ''VideoGame/BurialAtSea''.
13th Sep '17 4:41:42 AM fearlessnikki
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* The first ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' was a sensation that helped usher in the Rock n Wrestling Era - complete with high profile appearances from Mr T and Cyndi Lauper. The second event was regarded as a disappointment - thanks to the poor decision to broadcast it from three different arenas - and most of the matches being short and unmemorable. With the third ''Mania'', the event became the celebrated tradition it's now regarded as in the WWE.
* The second season of ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' is regarded as the worst. The first was a success, but the training was viewed as a disappointment. It even underwent MemeticMutation for Al Snow constantly saying "these kids aren't ready" in all the confessionals. The finale was a debacle too - with the last minute decision to have two female winners instead of one male and one female. The third season was viewed as a little better - and produced more wrestlers who would make an impression in the business.
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13th Sep '17 4:35:21 AM fearlessnikki
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* Related to ToughActToFollow, Rob Marshall directed the musical ''{{Film/Chicago}}'' - which received critical acclaim, a Best Picture Oscar and helped revive interest in modern musicals. His second - ''{{Theatre/Nine}}'' - was met with lukewarm reactions and failed to make an impression on the general public. His third ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' was much more successful.



* Also works with books. ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' doesn't exactly have many new elements. Well, not many non-ChekhovsGun elements, at least. With the films too, it's regarded as the weakest of them (though Daniel Radcliffe claims it's his personal favourite).

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* Also works with books. ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' doesn't exactly have many new elements. Well, not many non-ChekhovsGun elements, at least. With the films too, it's regarded as the weakest of them (though Daniel Radcliffe claims it's his personal favourite). According to WordOfGod, she intended to include more {{Foreshadowing}} for later books, but her editor insisted she cut them (as she had yet to achieve her AuteurLicence). As a result, many fans have ItsTheSameNowItSucks reactions.
7th Aug '17 4:42:25 PM ClintEastwood
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* Kevin Smith's much-loved first film, ''{{Film/Clerks}}'', was followed up by the much-maligned ''{{Film/Mallrats}}'', considered one of the weakest entries in his View-Askewniverse series by many fans.

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* Kevin Smith's Creator/KevinSmith's much-loved first film, ''{{Film/Clerks}}'', was followed up by the much-maligned ''{{Film/Mallrats}}'', considered one of the weakest entries in his View-Askewniverse series by many fans.



** The second series wasn't bad, but it was one of the most uneven. It gave us a few wonderful episodes like "The Girl in the Fireplace," and "School Reunion" but also had some of the show's bigger clunkers, like "Fear Her" and "Love & Monsters". There was also a story arc that didn't give as great a reveal as other Series, and which many fans felt was there for Russell T Davies to set up his own show. Also despite many fans loving the Doctor/Rose romance, there is quite a group that felt it was becoming a RomanticPlotTumour, even those who liked Rose in the first Series felt she became unlikeable here.
** The sixth series is this, being the second season of Steven Moffat's tenure as show runner (with a new Doctor, new companion, and a lot of new people behind the scenes), after an outstanding first season. Again, some of the show's best ("The Girl Who Waited", "The Doctor's Wife"), were alongside some of the show's biggest misfires ("The Curse of the Black Spot", "Let's Kill Hitler"). Additionally, many felt like Moffat was trying to do a little too much and the plot got tangled, and the characterization of River Song took a big hit. In a [[http://www.nerdist.com/2013/11/doctor-who-a-companions-companion-series-6/ season review]] from the Nerdist (one of ''Doctor Who'''s biggest cheerleaders), the writer even uses the term Sophomore Slump to describe it.

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** The second series wasn't bad, but it was one of the most uneven. It gave us a few wonderful episodes like "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]", and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace The Girl in the Fireplace," and "School Reunion" Fireplace]]" but also had some of the show's bigger clunkers, like "Fear Her" and "Love "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters". Monsters]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E11FearHer Fear Her]]". There was also a story arc that didn't give as great a reveal as other Series, and which many fans felt was there for Russell T Davies Creator/RussellTDavies to set up his own show. Also despite many fans loving the Doctor/Rose romance, there is quite a group that felt it was becoming a RomanticPlotTumour, even those who liked Rose in the first Series felt she became unlikeable here.
** The sixth series is this, being the second season of Steven Moffat's Creator/StevenMoffat's tenure as show runner (with a new Doctor, new companion, and a lot of new people behind the scenes), after an outstanding first season. Again, some of the show's best ("The Girl Who Waited", "The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife"), Wife]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited The Girl Who Waited]]"), were alongside some of the show's biggest misfires ("The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot The Curse of the Black Spot", "Let's Spot]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler").Hitler]]"). Additionally, many felt like Moffat was trying to do a little too much and the plot got tangled, and the characterization of River Song took a big hit. In a [[http://www.nerdist.com/2013/11/doctor-who-a-companions-companion-series-6/ season review]] from the Nerdist (one of ''Doctor Who'''s biggest cheerleaders), the writer even uses the term Sophomore Slump to describe it.



* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has had numerous ups and downs over the years, but if one considers it in terms of eras rather than seasons, the "new cast" era of the sixth season definitely represents a softmore slump. Gone was the entire cast from the first five years, gone was show-runner Lorne Michaels, gone was the house band, heck, even the writers were mostly different. New producer Jean Doumanian, who had previously been responsible for booking musical guests, didn't know comedy at all, and the new cast was uneven, some very talented and some not so much, but unable to gel into a cohesive comedy unit like the first cast. Instead of Dan Aykroyd or Bill Murray naturally rising to the top, Charles Rocket was forced into the "star" role, and utterly failed to connect with audiences, while Eddie Murphy was shoved into the background, not experiencing his break-out status until the following year.

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has had numerous ups and downs over the years, but if one considers it in terms of eras rather than seasons, the "new cast" era of the sixth season definitely represents a softmore slump. Gone was the entire cast from the first five years, gone was show-runner Lorne Michaels, Creator/LorneMichaels, gone was the house band, heck, even the writers were mostly different. New producer Jean Doumanian, who had previously been responsible for booking musical guests, didn't know comedy at all, and the new cast was uneven, some very talented and some not so much, but unable to gel into a cohesive comedy unit like the first cast. Instead of Dan Aykroyd Creator/DanAykroyd or Bill Murray Creator/BillMurray naturally rising to the top, Charles Rocket was forced into the "star" role, and utterly failed to connect with audiences, while Eddie Murphy Creator/EddieMurphy was shoved into the background, not experiencing his break-out status until the following year.



* Music/GreenDay's ''Insomniac'' (though their ''mainstream'' sophomore, as it's their fourth) was not as well received as ''Dookie'', particularly for being DarkerAndEdgier.

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* Music/GreenDay's ''Insomniac'' ''Music/{{Insomniac}}'' (though their ''mainstream'' sophomore, as it's their fourth) was not as well received as ''Dookie'', ''Music/{{Dookie}}'', particularly for being DarkerAndEdgier.
3rd Aug '17 2:14:24 PM RacattackForce
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* Book Two: Spirits of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' received polarized reception from fans and critics, as a lot of behind the scenes trouble and ExecutiveMeddling affected the quality. Also responsible for its status was the ratings decline on Nick. Books Three and Four were much better received, with [[spoiler: Toph]] calling the Water Tribe Civil War, which was a major plot of Book Two, [[SelfDeprecation nonsense]], while the simplistic, uncharismatic BigBad Unalaq was [[TakeThatScrappy hilariously lambasted in a recap episode, courtesy of Varrick.]]

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* Book Two: Spirits of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' received polarized reception from fans and critics, as a lot critics due to its writing and animation[[note]]-- half of behind the scenes trouble season was done by Creator/StudioPierrot, rather than Creator/StudioMir[[/note]], and ExecutiveMeddling affected is generally agreed upon to be the quality. Also responsible for its status was weakest season of the ratings decline on Nick. Books Three and Four show. The following two books were much better received, with many of the events of Book Two made fun of in the final season (such as [[spoiler: Toph]] calling the Water Tribe Civil War, which was a major plot of Book Two, [[SelfDeprecation nonsense]], War "[[SelfDeprecation nonsense]]", while the simplistic, uncharismatic BigBad Unalaq was [[TakeThatScrappy hilariously lambasted in a recap episode, courtesy of Varrick.]]episode by Varrick]]).
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