I keep seeing people complaining about Abrams mucking about in the Star Wars universe because he destroyed Star Trek.
This is seems to stem from a common misconception that Abrams is somehow this mastermind genius creator who is responsible for everything with the label of Bad Robot...a company for which he is owner and CEO but not COO or any other runs-everything position. (As in, actually runs, not "is in charge of.") That he's some sort of Orson Wells figure, pre-wine and frozen peas.
Therefore, since he's the director and shares writing credit on Star Trek, he destroyed it. (I typo'd that as destoryed, and almost left it as it seemed apt).
Hollywood ain't that simple. Especially at Paramount. Especially at Paramount's Star Trek IP.
Going around the sun a few times in a slingshot, let's go back to 2005, when the President of Paramount convinced CBS to let them do a reboot, and said President approached writers Orci & Kurtzman, who had worked on some of the shows, to write. They also approached others, and if they hadn't gone with Orci-Kurtzman, we'd have been subjected to an ancestor of Kirk's who was a racist hotshot pilot defending Earth against Romulans.
They didn't approach Bad Robot or Abrams. They approached two Star Trek scriptwriters to deliver them a movie. Bad Robot came in after when Paramount approached him to produce. Abrams wanted to help out two writers he had used in the past (and who wrote his first film, MI3. No Abrams didn't write that one either, he added to their script and directed/produced it).
Two years later, in 2007, Orci/Kurtzman had a script, and Paramount talked Abrams into directing as well. Abrams gave in because he ultimately felt he'd be jealous of whoever got to do it.
So aside from the lens flares, most of the stuff people hate about New Trek? Created and written by two writers who were from the Trek Franchise, with some extra writing credit from Abrams because he tends to do that on most movies he directs. (And this is not unusual.)
These writers, nor Lindelof (Trek2 The Wrath of Darkness, Prometheus and the showrunner of Lost) are not attached to Star Wars.
Who is? LAWRENCE FREAKIN' KASDAN. The guy behind Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, Silverado....ok, and Dreamcatcher, but you write long enough, you get a weird project.
Other things Abrams is accused of: The Ending of Lost (he wasn't the show runner, he just tossed the idea...one of many...at an ABC pitch session, the network picked it, he developed it, wrote 3 eps, handed it over to Lindelof and Cruz to run, as he was supposed to. They had no clue what to do with it.) The last two MI movies (not him, that was Brad Bird and Chris McQuarrie.), Cloverfield (just ran the company that produced it), Super 8...ok, that was him. He admits he didn't really have a handle on that one. At least he's not being Wiseau about it.
Abrams is an idea man turned director who dips his hand into the writing, and listens to people, whether it be actors, DP, writers, whatever. He gets respect because he herds cats very well, has a knack for storytelling, and collaborates. This collaboration can get him into trouble (see "being convinced by his DP that lens flares are awesome" and going with a few people's scenes he shouldn't have), but has become known as someone good to work with. He's like Joel Silver (who also had his share of mistakes) and Spielberg (also guilty of this) had a illicit love child.
Is he the 2nd coming of Hollywood? Hell no. But he doesn't deserve a lot of the hate flung his way simply because people see his name and go GRRR ARGH due to this idea of this vision of genius mastermind that produces stuff they hate. If you don't like him for what he's actually really, honestly DONE, then cool.
...and before someone says "Yeah, but he was the producer," go look up what producers do, what directors actually do, and how to get your name attached to a script even though you came in late after it was mostly done.
I already wrote too much to go into THAT.