You know what the really ironic thing is? kirk's reaction to A Human Reaction is exactly the same as Crichton's is to the beginning of WGFA. More or less, "A 'he's really back on earth' story? REALLY?"
Yeah, that was basically my reaction. I couldn't believe they'd pull out that cliche again so soon.
If the show is saying the same thing that you are then maybe, just maybe you might want to trust that it knows what it's doing in this particular instance.