STAR TREK IS: Space opera, action and adventure, playing fast and loose with real science to make it fit whatever serves the plot. Character chemistry, interaction, making the story play well onscreen. Characters are the focus. It's fun, memorable (or not), and fun. Talky, unless budget allows a good shoot em up. Total make believe, escapism.
STAR TREK IS NOT: The history of the future, a plan for the course of humanity through the next few hundred years, a serious study of what can be accomplished if we are only intelligent enough to pursue it. Sorry to inform some folks, but it's not theology, not a religion.
People get way too serious about this stuff. Star Trek was very nearly dead more than once in the last 45 years. We've had more chances than a lot of fans get with their favorites.
Sit back and enjoy the ride.
10 years ago, members of this BBS would have lynched people for saying something like this.
I'm not entirely disagreeing with you, but relevant, intelligent, rational and focussed storytelling and fun/action/adventure do not have to be mutually exclusive concepts.
I've never been the traditional Trek(ker, kor, noid). I don't have collectibles, I don't have uniforms, I don't go to cons. I watch the series on tv when I can, and the movies on DVD or my Zune as often as I have time for. I've been in arguments like these many times, and have been consistent in my positions.
I am a lifelong fan, but that's as far as it goes. I understand what Trek is, and what it isn't. If that makes me a pariah, then so be it. It's worked for 40 years, so why change now?