Controversial opinion: I don't understand why this idea is more flawed than other Trek ideas. Interpersonal drama? Part of Star Trek. Dealing with corrupt leadership? Star Trek. The approach is far more a coming of age story in Star Trek and how people would grow. That's something we have only seen in small bits. But, I'm heavily biased. I've wanted an Academy series since I was 13. My favorite TNG episode is First Duty" and I read every Academy based book my library had.