Re: Why a reboot was necessary (IMHO)
Trek needed this, no matter if it was a partial reboot or a full reboot. Trek became stale under Rick Berman's watch. Once Trek established how it was going to write and produce shows in the 3rd season of TNG, it never deviated far from it. It became television paint-by-numbers: Teaser - credits - build-up to the end of Act 1 - lather - rinse - repeat.
Even the TNG movies had the same storytelling and style as the shows. And they looked cheap on the big screen.
TV and movies began changing their style and substance, but Trek stayed the same. ENT was 22nd Century TNG, with the same production values and storytelling as 1990 TNG.
Abrams brought Trek into the 21st Century. Finally.
Now that I've seen it, and have also had time to mellow, to really think about it, I now find it absolutely, unbearably repulsive in every way except for some of the acting. - about The Wrath of Khan. Interstat, Issue 62: 1982