Are film franchises more difficult beasts than one-off movies, at least for writers?  How hard does it have to be to do something new and different and yet familiar and enjoyable?  How hard does it have to be knowing that you, with one bad bit of work could kill a golden goose?

After the mediocre (we’re nothing if not generous), “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the rebooted franchise is back this year with “Star Trek Beyond,” a movie that not only features someone different in the director’s chair, but also has to make up for the last movie.  How does “Beyond” fare?

Listen and find out.

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures

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