I don't feel Abrams is doing this so it feels like the franchise is in a rut and to get out of it, I feel it must return to television.
I think it's fairer to say Abrams isn't doing it yet. We honestly don't know what the future holds in regards to Star Trek Into Darkness
(I haven't seen it yet and refuse to damn it with praise or ridicule until I have) and the inevitable Star Trek 2016
But even if he does go down the more philosophical route, it will still be more in the background as his job is to sell movie tickets first and foremost.