Re: Abrams turns Star Wars because of his "loyalty" to Trek
RTD's final few episodes are incomprehensible if you haven't seen the previous 4 series and specials. All of Series 7A is entirely accessible to a new viewer.
That might be true about The End of Time, but that's a finale. Finales shouldn't have non-fans in mind, since they aren't good starting points at all.
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