I guess the thing that bothers me the most about this thread is not the varying opinions (to which everyone is entitled); it's the proclamation that the remastered episodes are a "waste of time".
A waste of whose time? The viewer's? Or the people who did the work?
I seriously doubt that Mike Okuda and company felt that they were "wasting their time" when they put forth so much effort into this project.
I know Mr. Okuda reads these forums and posts from time to time. I'd just like to say thank you, Mr. Okuda and your colleagues, for your time and effort. I have loved watching the new CGI effects and truly appreciate the labor of love that went into creating them.
I'm sure Mike can cope with the fact I think the redone effects are sub-par.
That's not to say I don't get the effort put into things like this - I just think the whole direction it took was wrong, and I can't see the way it was done attracting any new fans (which some say was the point). Thus, IMO, a waste.
As you say, each to their own.