I'd like to know why the alternate timeline in ST09 bothers the critics so much. We've seen alternate timelines many, many times in the shows - Yesterday's Enterprise, Year of Hell, and so on - and I don't think any of that has caused such irritation. Is it because they've been overused? Or is it because the 'changes' seem so permanent? I'm just wondering what everyone's thinking. On a slightly related note, it really bugs me when fans of a show think they understand the show better than the people who made it. I read a transcript of a chat between Orci, Kurtzman, and a bunch of fans a while ago, and one of the fans actually told one of the writers he was wrong about the way HE WROTE the show. They made the show, and you don't have to like it, but in the end it is their creation and what they say is the truth as far as the "reality" of the show goes. Any thoughts?