I agree on the personal life thing as well. there is so much going on in the films. you cant really have the characters personal life addressed much in a fast paced film, this is (to me) also the reason why a pon farr subplot will suck in Trek 3...BIG TIME.
Count me in on that.
We've had the two big action films. It's time to explore, and let the characters drive the story.
Good writers can make it fun and exciting and memorable. Bad writers can make it a box office success, but something that Trek fans will complain about until the end of time.
I'm not looking forward to that. Thank goodness I might only live another 25-30 years.