Re: will star trek ever return to prime universe?
Precisely. It is understandable (yet of course not excusable, at least Trek fans should know better) though that the new movie has made people forget that the foundation of Trek are not three characters but its general principles.
The foundation of Trek was Forbidden Planet
, American westerns and police procedurals.
"You know. 1966? Seventy-nine episodes, about thirty good ones." - Phillip Fry describing Star Trek, Futurama