I find it interesting that one of the original cast members and someone who has seen and had a large part in the formation of this franchise, seems to like the movie, yet the fanboys can't seem to get to get it together.
This is why I wish in retrospect that I'd been in the room after all. 'Cause I was a Trek Fanboy before any of y'all and I agree with Nimoy that Abrams' Trek put the franchise back on course after a regrettable (and lengthy) detour.
So Brian - it's not that the movie itself is perfect. Oh no no, it's absolutely full of plotholes and inexplicable character motivations (I'm looking at YOU, Nero).
Brief aside: My personal fave is when Old Spock finally emerges from the wormhole and Nero tells Lackey #1 "Oh, we're not going to KILL him" and Lackey seems surprised. Really? In 25 years the topic of "what are we gonna do when Spock gets here" just never came up?
It also cracks me up that apparently nobody wants to command a starship - how many times does somebody get handed command and then toss it to someone else as fast as possible - ten, fifteen times? It could be a drinking game.
Tho I do wonder if that was deliberate. It might have been an intentional setup so when Kirk finally says (in essence) "Geez, you pansies - I'm practically an Academy washout but if none of you want the job then I'll frickin' do it" and takes the chair, it makes us in the audience think, "finally, somebody who'll DO the job for a change".
No, the argument I would have made - and will make here in truncated form - is that all your complaints that "this isn't Star Trek" are invalid. Because it actually IS Star Trek, and what YOU think is Star Trek, isn't.
The simplest and clearest analogy is Star Wars, and really, it's exactly the same scenario. There was a franchise that I loved, and decades later there was joyous news that it was going to be revived. And then when I saw what they had done to it, I was appalled. They threw out everything fun about the original, kept all the lame boring parts and made them the focus of the whole thing.
That's right, you heard me. Star Trek: Next Generation is The Phantom Menace.
And just like Phantom Menace, we original fans complained like holy hell - but you goddam kids just ate that crap right up and insisted it was good.
So lemme tell YOU what Star Trek is. Star Trek is about a crew of folks exploring parts of the galaxy where no man has gone before. They're so far out there on their own that they're pretty much winging it every day, in a ship that's part battleship and part exploration/flagship. Which is why it's okay to have some non-essential doodads hanging off it to make it look cool.
The Enterprise's original mission was to park over a new planet and check out the natives and - if they were advanced enough to make contact - say "Hi, we're from the Federation of Planets which is totally badass. Seriously, look at our ship, it's frickin' sweet! You should join up! (PS We're also heavily armed, fyi.)
And if the planet wasn't advanced enough, they had this thing called the Prime Directive which said they should stay hidden and not interfere... but if you're running a Nazi planet then screw the Prime Directive, we're coming down to fix THAT shit right now. And then just to be dicks we're also gonna punch you in the head and sleep with your girlfriend, the greener the better. And then... we're gonna move the hell on, lol, cya!
That, son, is what Star Trek is. It just hasn't been that in your lifetime, you can't be faulted for not knowing that.
So it's fine by me if you or anyone else didn't care for Abrams Trek, and it's even fine if you think that Next Generation was good. I just object to the idea that Abrams' version "isn't Star Trek". It may not be YOUR Trek, but I had it before you did and I says it IS.
It ain't a perfect movie, but at least Abrams got back to what I liked about Star Trek - traveling in a sweet spaceship, punching dudes, seducing chicks and breakin' rules whenever possible. All I know is that I enjoyed the time I spent watching that movie, and I haven't enjoyed much of anything with a Star Trek label on it for over forty years. So you can imagine my relief.