Wow, I've been out of this thread since the forum change-over lost my subscription to it.
A lot of good points for either side. Its true we have many hours of original Star Trek TV shows on blu-ray and more coming to enjoy. I never tire of revisiting TOS.
A big truth is Star Trek never should have gone to the big screen. I became more aware of that when TNG went to the movies. A recent interview with Ron Moore reemphasized that. The films have to be mainstream event films and focus on one or two of the main stars. So the support characters become even more so support. Every Bond film is an event. Star Trek had to follow that route or it wouldn't pull in the kinds of dollars the investment requires in return unfortunately.
To quote Kirk in Star Trek 6, people are afraid of change. All good things come to an end. Star Trek's recent spin-off TV series had a remarkable run all spawned by TOS. Gunsmoke had a 20 year run on TV, Star Trek outdid that! But it had to end, the Westerns were not in fashion anymore. I've never watched Gunsmoke, but it must have had a similar story structure as Star Trek, mini morality plays each week. I guess that is old fashioned.
Then I was thinking of Sherlock Holmes. I'm not a fan of that either. But I know of the many film adaptations with Basil Rathbone and other actors who came later. PBS showed a Hammer film adaptation with Peter Cushing in the title role. Apparently that film was considered a really good one.
This has been said a few times before, but Star Trek has reached a point now where Roddenberry himself once said that he was happy of the day another guy takes a crack at it and interprets it his own way. It's a good thing the characters are living on and the name Enterprise and Star Trek continues to endue and hopefully bring in the new young fans to rediscover the original.
So like Holmes, Star Trek has now a new adaptation. (As had Batman and Superman, etc. James Bond is sort of still in the original hands of the original film makers, but they changed with the times. Barbara Brocolli is probably the likely person who is readapting it.)
I'm not a big fan of Abrams Trek, obviously. But I have been reminded of how it can keep the name out there for those to discover the original adventures.
To get back to my point, we are at a point now that we are actually living through and experiencing a new adaptation of the Star Trek universe. Good or bad, it is what it is. The studio wants new fans, it really is the Next Generation and the franchise is evolving.
Its funny how a little TV show that was trying to be a little innovative and tell modest human stories would turn out like this! I'll go see Into Darkness and I'm sure it will be a fun little movie.
(Side note, In another thread, we tangentially talked about the possibility of a new Star Trek TV that could come some day. It's always a topic of discussion in Hollywood. I was thinking if it did come back, if it's in the Prime Universe or Alternate, and I can't see why it couldn't be in the Prime Universe, would it be a better place to be on cable where the ratings are not so important? I look at a show like Mad Men that is so well done drama that it seems it could be done well there. Galactica proved a re-imagined version could be very successful. Just thinking out loud.)
(Another side note, something really cool I'm seeing in a totally different world- model kit building. There are people who are very skilled and talented at building model kits of the Star Trek ships. Some guys have businesses of building very good replicas of the Motion Picture Refit Enterprise from a 3 foot model kit which has a really hard paint job to replicate. Looks nearly identical to the original filming model. And the biggest news in this hobby is a new extremely accurate release of the TOS Enterprise model kit that is a 3 foot long kit too. That is a long awaited kit and people are going nuts over it as it's based on plans from a fan who actually got to see and measure and document the 11 foot original model before it was "restored" for the Smithsonian in the early 1990's. I'm still trying to get my hands on one or two. Seeing the amount of people still passionate about the TOS world is encouraging!)