Well, as much as I hate to, to be fair to screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, (they are Star Trek fans, well Orci really is the real fan. He's also a TNG fan more so I think.) they both have said there is an enormous backstory to Star Trek and tons of continuity to be mindful of. it also trapped them had they simply done a true origin story in the Prime Universe. So they said they wanted to avoid trapping themselves in stories that might conflict with episodes of TOS. So the alternate Universe where anything can happen because Nero changed history in this new timeline frees them to whatever kind of story they wanted to tell. So yes, to hell with continuity.
I agree with another poster above, they simply could have told stories that are stand alone that take place between episodes.
In a way, maybe this is just as well. Leave the original alone. This is a new take on Star Trek. I am not a fan of this new take. But I do like what they did with Pike. That's probably the only thing I find good about the new films. And I'll be interested to see Urban take McCoy further as I liked his McCoy too.
I'm staying spoiler free, so I haven't read anything yet! You guys sound like the new plot is pretty out there.
By the way, anyone else think Chris Pine just isn't doing a good Kirk? Perhaps this new movie will finally make his portrayal more acceptable for me. I just don't like his voice and it sounds funny to hear him say, "Kirk to Enterprise." His voice just doesn't sound right! But this film is for the youth of today.
I suppose the original Star Trek will look as old fashioned to the youth of today as the 1930's Flash Gordon films did to me. But I still thought they were cool. So hopefully the youth of today can appreciate the Original Star Trek.
Edited by Nelson Au, April 24 2013 - 11:45 AM.