Re: Why did they bother...
I would have preferred an actual reboot. BUT NO they just had to shoehorn the original universe in there somewhere and stick Nimoy in both films. Its causes a ton of continuity errors, especially if they do not adhere to the prime universes History before the kelvin was destroyed. (ie: Khans accent)
A complete reboot would have been better and it would have been no problem at all buying these actors as said characters.
"I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell." RIP, Red Ranger