Re: Why did they bother...
I agree with the original poster. These characters do not resemble the originals. They are one-dimensional parodies and don't even get the basic character traits right.
I disagree. I think they're bang-on what I imagine these characters were like a decade prior to TOS. Except for Kirk, who grew up in entirely different circumstances.
And just because Spock couldn't put his arms around Kalomi in an affectionate manner doesn't mean he wasn't banging her. Folks seem to forget Spock went through quite a metamorphosis between The Cage
(which was roughly a decade earlier) and who he was during the five-year mission.
"Just give me two seconds, alright, you mad bastard!" - Montgomery Scott, Star Trek Into Darkness