Re: I hope for more traditional space battles
I'd say that TVH is as possible today as it was in 1986 all things equal. The catch is, when TVH was made we'd already had three films and three TV seasons with these characters and they were very much in the public consciousness. A film where we just have a good time with them was seen as worth it because we already knew them all. The characters in the new Trek are not nearly as known and therefore such a film would not fly. Comparing what the original series' films did to what new Trek's film can do is a bit of a false comparison; they're very different beasts.
We've met before, haven't we?