Just to address the OP assertion, has there ever been a Star Trek feature writer or writing team that has not been made to endure the wrath of the fans at some point before, during or after? Why do you think that would ever change no matter who replaced Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof? Personally, yes, I think the whole team should be fired for listening to Lindelof. Lindelof himself seems to have quietly been sent to Siberia. But that's a little besides the point. The feature franchise itself appears to be a Kobayashi Maru exercise every aspiring Trek writer is put through. I have seen the simulator and it is us.