Crewman Wunline wrote:
But then, the writers took in in a weird direction, with interdimensional travel, and it got harder to suspend disbelief.
It was unavoidable. Even before the series' debut, the comparisons to all things TOS was so bad, the producers probably felt it turning up the sci-fi. "Trekian" elements were a must in order to compete with a Trek that was growing in popularity at the time.
As far as the Blu-Ray goes, it is a must-have.