...Actually, let me rephrase that. I think they ARE "able" to do it, but for some reason they are unwilling to do it. It seems some of them just WANT to hate AbramsTrek, so they suddenly become very stubborn and uncharacteristically nit-picky about continuity and canon.
There was a good line in USA TODAY this morning (referring to the new season of HOMELAND): "If you expect to be disappointed, you probably will be."
I keep vowing not to get sucked into this same old debate again (it's been three
years, people.) But the sheer double standard some fans apply to the new movie just sets my eyes to rolling every time. "But STAR TREK would never do that--except for the dozen or so times it already did!"
(I still remember the poster who primly insisted that Gene Roddenberry would have never
allowed casual sex or gratuitous cheesecake in Star Trek. WTF? Had they even seen TOS?)