I've never watched an episode of Star Trek. Never seen a movie. What JJ Abrams did with Star Trek was make it something everyone could enjoy. Old fans could get the shout-outs. Newcomers could enjoy the action and new vision. It's the fans who ignorantly hate anything new that comes out that ruin the movie for everyone. Take a look at video games. They're becoming more casual, appealing to more audiences. The die-hard fans of hardcore games are butthurt about it, but the truth is, they'll have to get over it. It's the direction that the media moves. Maybe some day in the future, the direction will shift the other way again. But for right now, this is how it is. No amount of complaining is going to change it. I loved the original trilogy. Like a good Star Wars fan, I ragged on the new trilogy. But I'm embracing the change. I'm excited to see what Abrams will do with this.
They should have just hired Joss Whedon to direct Star Wars VII.