I think it had the soul a lot more than it will ever be given credit for. Largely because, what made Star Trek special was in the characters, and their connection with each other. ST 09 took those connections and changed them, allowed the characters to explore new relationships. In essence, Star Trek grew a little bit, changed up the dynamic, and went on to explore what made those relationships special through those changes. I listen to a couple of podcasts and there were some points made that felt applicable. The first one was on the idea of Star Trek as a friend that we don't want to change. In real life we would want our friends to grow and change and become something different, even if we don't agree with the choices made, they are still a friend. The second podcast was in terms of Star Wars, but I think the attitude still applies. The original series and original Star Wars film could not be perfectly replicated. Why? Because mistakes would be made that they would learn from as they go. Like a band that gets back together, they will make different mistakes because they've already learned. So, in one way-you're right. The spirit couldn't be captured. In another way, it did because it focused on the characters, the relationship against the backdrop of action/adventure series. Sure, it's subjective. Which, and call me crazy, but that's why I will appreciate the Paramount and CBS rather than random fans.