Don't get why STV needs to be "apocryphal". Spock has a half brother who decided to follow emotions, and who kidnaps the Enterprise in order to get to a planet where a powerful creature lives that pretends to be God. During the escape, Spock's brother is killed, and eventually the God creature is destroyed as well. That's a perfectly fine story. Had it been a TOS episode, nobody would bat an eye.
Just because of deck numbers and visual effects, everyone loses their minds.