I'm not talking about how soon after the series the movies were released. I'm talking about how the TOS and TNG films were expansions of the existing universe that we already knew and loved. They had the same actors playing the same characters. Sure Kirk changed. He was older and more mature - but he was still the same Kirk. And despite all the cosmetic changes, it was still the same Star Trek. Even if you don't like the story in The Final Frontier
, you can forgive it because it's only 1/725 of its universe. It's a bad page in a good book.
The Abrams movies do not have that sort of safety net.