Making out that Star Trek has always been stupid just isn't a valid excuse.
Lucas apologists made the same argument about the Prequels. [...]
It's a weak argument.
It's also an argument which no one here has been making re: previous Star Trek films or Trek episodes. What has
been said, if I'm not mistaken, is that Trek hasn't been so consistently "cerebral" and "thought-provoking" on television and on film as some would lead us to believe.