I agree. This is admittedly and unavoidably a subjective matter, but the fact that it's an alternate reality—which many defenders seem to be invoking as a reason to like it more—just makes it harder for me to feel any connection to it. I can enjoy such a thing for the space of a single story—"Mirror Mirror," "Yesterday's Enterprise"—but to say that this variant version is what Trek will be from here on out is another matter. Yeah, that's good advice for pretty much the entire movie. Hey, you're not alone. (In a minority, yeah, but not alone.) Absolutely. Even I would agree that it's "entertaining on a superficial level." That's just so much less than I was hoping for. You're making an awful lot of excuses for lazy writing here. You and I both know that the writers' attitude was "after the opening scene, we can make anything we want different without having to explain it." And honestly, this was hardly the first or last time Starfleet lost a ship under mysterious circumstances... so effects that radical seem way out of proportion. I entirely agree. In fact, as a number of posts in this thread indicate (some quoted above), it's already happening for some people. It's different from what B&B were giving us, and I can understand why people like the novelty of that. It's not bad in the same way that stuff was. It's bad in a whole different way.