(warning, this is geeky and rambling)
Looking at this thread, I decided I finally needed to get something off my chest:
Star Trek was an innovative and inspiring show when it first aired. It sat un-visualized (animated what?) for ten years, after which we got a return of Star Trek, with a cast and production value that was more mature and sophisticated. The ‘look and feel’ of this ten years after Trek was consistent with the idea that it was taking place in the future in relation to the original series. As the characters aged, the themes of the movies directly and indirectly dealt with that fact. The look got more flashy as time (and presumably technology) advanced in the timeline of the show.
Is it possible that we two, you and I, have grown so old and inflexible that we have out-lived our usefulness?
The larger and compelling story of friendship and growing old was told wonderfully by actors with decades of friendship and strife between them, and held the series together through a few week movies.
The story is over.
That’s what the problem with a new Young Star Trek. There’s no compelling story to tell. Kirk, Spock, McCoy have all ready come through the ultimate challenge and have learned to look at a life that is closer to ending than beginning with humor and dignity. (Incidentally, that’s also why TNG failed as a movie franchise; there was no compelling character story. The only really compelling character arc in TNG was Picard’s post-Borg experience, and that has already been resolved.)
The new Trek movie might be a decent enough story, but there is no more material to be mined from these characters. It’d be like doing a story about Hamlet’s school days abroad. The great story of his life is already committed to paper, so anything following is going to be anti-climactic.