Canon and keeping things familiar are two far different things. I like the character of Pike. It doesn’t mean that I need every single aspect to line up exactly with what we’ve seen or what we know. They can set it in a third (or fourth, depending on your view) weird universe for all I care where there actually are dangers. Why? Because time and time again, canon has been broken and Star rek hasn’t died. The wonderous Prime™️ universe has survived and all is well, despite the addition to the Kelvin-verse. So, I’m sorry but it really doesn’t matter to me. The idea of the multiverse where people can actually do stuff (like destroy Vulcan or flat out kill Captain Pike) is a good storytelling way to get around it and keep it familiar. The people who are so obsessed with one continuity just don’t make any sense to me.