King Daniel wrote:
CHANGING THE LOOK OF THE UNIVERSE IS COSMETIC?
For Q maybe.
Of course it is. It has no impact whatsoever on the story if the S.S. Aurora looks as it did in TOS or TOS-R.
It has one helluva impact -- wholly negative -- when you cut from live-action to what looks like a cartoon outside the ship, which is the net effect of most TOS-R I've squinted at. There isn't even the slightest attempt to create levels of contrast that would tie in with the way cameras saw physical objects -- actors or set walls or ship miniatures -- hence the total disconnect.
But you clearly can't see that. Too put out by some matte lines and film grain and other aspects that put the VFX squarely (and appropriately) in the same era as the live-action, I guess.