I first read about the even/odd curse in a Starlog Magazine the fall of 1994, not too long before Generations was released. I don't think it's a binary, "even good, odd bad!" and I didn't back then either. But I thought about it and realized I liked II, IV, and VI better than I, III, and V. Then I figured maybe there might be something to it. My uncle took me to see TFF in 1989. Before I became a fan. It didn't convert me. Then I saw TVH on video a year-and-a-half later. Which turned me into a fan. Then I couldn't wait to see TUC, which delivered everything I wanted to see. It was only after I saw TVH, and I was sold on the characters, that I could watch TFF from a different perspective and then it was like watching a whole other movie. So this is what I'm wondering: do you think the odd-numbered movies are more dependent on being familiar with the characters and already being a fan than the even-numbered ones? I think TMP, TSFS ,and TFF might each mean more if you're a fan. Same with Generations and Insurrection. Whereas with TWOK, TVH, TUC, and FC, you'll still get more out of them if you're a fan, but I wonder if maybe they're not as dependent on it? I saw all of the first six movies before I saw any of TOS. With TWOK, I figured "Star Trek's been around for a long time, Khan is one of the villians Kirk fought before, now he wants revenge!" Simple. With TVH, during the courtroom scene, all I thought was "Now I want to see the other ones!" Here's Earth, here's Starfleet, the Klingons are the Bad Guys and they want Kirk dead, it's as easy as 2+2. I got it as a kid. Both movies bring you up to speed immediately, so you know what you need to know, and then you just enjoy the rest of the story, where the characters are shown as being in their element even when they're out of their element. You get to know them as they are, even if you didn't know them. TMP is slow and doesn't seem to mean quite as much if you don't care as much about the Enterprise as Kirk does. And if you're not as excited to see the crew or don't have the same appreciation for the production values and the spectacle, I don't think you'll have the patience to watch the film and savor the experience. With TSFS, they're searching for Spock, but you have no idea why Spock means so much to them unless you're already familiar with him. In both cases, you know what's going on, but you're not going to feel the same attachment unless you're familiar with the ship or the characters. I think it could fall flatter to the "uninitiated".