I just want to go on record as loving this Observation Deck article about Six Ways Franchises Go Terminal. My favorite reason is #2, not only for itself but for the franchise they chose to illustrate the point:
2. The Creators Have No Frickin’ Clue What The Franchise Is About
And the example they chose: None other than Star Trek, and the J.J. Abrams-inspired clusterf**k of movies that totally manage to miss the point of the franchise and Gene Roddenberry’s vision (because all Abrams really wanted to do was make a Star Wars movie). I have especially warm feelings for this bit, about Star Trek Into Darkness‘ use of the character Khan:
The story makes no sense, and serves no purpose other than to reboot Khan and make him into a Dark Knight Joker-style übervillain, which he never was on the original series or in Wrath of Khan. (The thing about Montalban’s Khan is that despite his supposed genetic superiority he’s actually kind of a histrionic, swaggering dumbass, and not a cool Hannibal Lecter type.)
Nail head, meet hammer. Much more goodness in the article… go and see.