Greg Cox wrote:
I honestly can't think of a single movie or tv franchise that reverted back to a previous continuity after being rebooted.
I think the biggest one that strikes me would be Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. They ignored the third movie completely. But the fourth movie continued from the third despite the TV show. Yeah, Terminator is definitely not as big of a continuity as Trek, but it's at least a decent example. There are other examples in movies where a new direction was forgotten.
Hmm. Interesting example. Although I think that's more a case of a franchise spliting off into two separate continuities rather than backtracking, since the TV show and Salvation
were developed more or less around the same time.
(I remember being told, when I wrote my Terminator: Salvation
novel, to ignore the TV show since that was a separate continuity.)
I'll be curious to see where the Terminator series goes next, especially since rewriting timelines and continuity is pretty much built into the concept's DNA . . . .