J.J. Abrams has the potential to be a good writer and a good director. Super 8, which is the best film he's ever created, is proof of that. His Star Trek films? Not so much.
I watched the 2009 Star Trek film like I was sucking on the beautiful tit of nostalgia. Then, like anybody with half a brain, I look up to see if the face matches the breast. I evoke a loud scream wishing I had never raised my head.
(That being said, Zoe Saldana is perfect as Uhura.)
Reading a piece from The Wrap about how J.J. Abrams wanted to keep the original series locked in a vault so that his vision of Trek could thrive is hilarious: He prefers Star Wars and essentially made a Star Trek franchise as if it were directed by a hyperactive child born of Michael Bay and George Lucas. What is incredibly sad however about his idea of Trek is that the very style he imposed in his ST films will now be spray-painted all over the new Star Wars films. Disney, who now owns the Star Wars franchise, will not completely let allow Abrams to disregard for the public at large the original Star Wars legacy: They've already allegedly grabbed Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill to join the newest film in the SW franchise.
Backing up for a second, Abrams did bring in original Spock (Leonard Nimoy) for the last two films. If he wanted Nimoy there to connect the Star Trek of the past with the Star Trek of the future, why on earth would he suddenly prevent the original series from ever being seen again? Obviously the appearance of a much older Spock will lead people to wonder how he is connected to the franchise.
Although I applaud JJ Abrams for creating an alternate timeline so that he wouldn't have to contend with following the other Trek's that came after the original, he created the very headache that caused him to leave the Trek franchise. If JJ had simply made a new set of characters and adventures (and even a whole new ship), he could then have control of what Star Trek should look like. Taking on the legacy and reshaping it as if the franchises past didn't exist is a huge rotten egg that you throw at the general public who cling to their original series books, DVDs and video games.
But in a way, he did technically erase Star Trek.
This is part one of a multi-part rant.