^That's the problem with certain elements of the current fanbase, though -- they become so focused on the technology and the idea that the technology needs to "move forward" (when all it really does is become more technobabbly, e.g. Voyager
and some latter-day TNG) that they forget the show is supposed to be about the stories and the characters. Trek
could just as easily be set on a sailing ship like the one in the Horatio Hornblower novels Roddenberry used for inspiration when developing the original show.
Of course, then we'd have complaints that the new Enterprize
only has two masts, whereas the previous one had three, so obviously we're backsliding technologically...