I was just glad they went with the Gorn as the villain instead of doing the safe thing and using Romulans or Klingons. I kinda agree with the radically changing the Gorn origins, but since this is the new timeline I am fine with it. Also, I am probably one of the few that feels this timeline has always been different, even as far back as the Kelvin.
Even if you go far back as the Kelvin, it doesn't rewrite the entire cultural and evolutionary history of a space fareing species for thousands years, or the galaxy of their origin.
The Keilvin was only 20 some odd years before the events of the movie.