has been rehashing plots since season one of TOS. TMP was a rehash of "The Changeling"
. TWOK brought back a villain from TOS. TVH was a time travel story reminiscent of at least three TOS episodes. TNG and show that followed mixed and matched TOS characters. The Next Generation films desperately tried to duplicate the success of TWOK and TVH.
There was a kot of story in both of Abrams films. If someone can't see the story through the "explosions" I think the problem might lie with them.