Now that I let sink in for a while the fact that the TNG crew really is returning... I've been a bit weary of the Berman era for some time now, even bittered of some of its aspects, especially after witnessing all that is possible in Trek in last few years. So I came to the conclusion that Star Trek needs to march ever forward and try as much as possible to try new things and explore possibilities in the way of storytelling etc. Build on the existing lore and expand it without being hindered and held back by it. Use legacy characters when appropriate, but in fresh new ways exploring their growth. But I have to admit these days how much merit there is to the idea of taking the best of the Berman era as an orientation - IF it can be made sure that the bad parts, which held much of it back even when TNG-ENT aired, get ditched. That philosophy would not only be a fantastic way to tie in to past events and characters, but could also be applied in setting up whole new series going forward. Getting it exactly right might prove to be wizardry though. We'll see how much of a wizard Matalas is - I for one am increasingly optimistic.