Note: This was written back in 2013 and originally posted on a website called Bubblews. Since the site has been taken down, I feel free to repost it here. I re-read it and sadly despite the time alot of it is still valid for several TV and film writers/directors/producers when it comes to long term projects like Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. JJ Abrams is no longer part of Star Trek, but has moved on to a franchise he did enjoy (Star Wars), but Steven Moffat is still head writer on Doctor Who, although it seems to be close to the end of his run.
Also as an update, I have seen Into Darkness since I wrote this, but that is a rant for another day and mostly focuses around the character of Christine Chapel.