A panel seam that is measured in meters is not a 'realistic' design. It's a recipe for disaster. If the 'blank line between panels' is something people can WALK through, how is that realistic?
They made minor cosmetic changes to the ship, all of which seem to make the ship look better and more realistic.
That "seam" - part of the shield grid if my Trek knowledge serves correctly - is patently not metres in width. The Enterprise is not that big. I thought a TOS purist would have known that...
If you don't like it then fine, but try and keep the hyperbole in check, yeah?