Star Trek is a great idea. It produced 3 amazing TV shows, plus Voyager and Enterprise. That all came from the TOS films. While TNG did have the responsibility of holding its own (it could have just as easily flopped), that chance came because of the movies.
So it's fitting that movies should be what bookend the success of the franchise and cause it to finally die.
Kirk is not a literary character. James Bond came from a book. Anyone can come along and replace the current Bond actor when they get too old. Anyone can play Julius Caesar in a movie.
You cannot reboot something with new actors when the original actors were the characters. If Dalton plays Bond after Moore, that's acting. If someone pretends to be Kirk after Shatner, that's not acting, it's a Halloween costume.
This is not to plant offense or blame on the talented actors in this millennium's Trek (nor indeed on the untalented actors, indistinguishable among this writing and production). But when you see Spock, and Kirk, and McCoy in the reboot trilogy, and get a warm feeling seeing their drama and cute banter, that's merely deja vu. That's triggering the memory of the relationships between the characters played by the actual original actors. It's not its own thing. There is nothing actually new or original, let alone good.
And that's what's sad. People want and deserve something new. They don't want to try and relive something great, when it will invariably fail to live up to the expectations of your memory. (I say invariably, but there's also an outside chance it could be better if it weren't handled by hacks.) Enter JJ Abrams and his company, Bad Reboot Productions.
The problem with Trek is it's no longer wholesome.
Seinfeld said that the success of a sitcom has to include likability. The audience have to at some level think they would want to live in that world.
Do you want to live in Star Trek: Discovery?
It seems like it would be the easiest thing to come up with a simple Next Next Generation series sometime in the period after the Dominion War.
People aren't stupid. They would like something new, but yes, it's risky. But literally anything would have been a better idea than this reboot and prequel, and probably Picard.
-Borg or Vidiian horror movie
-Jupiter Station sitcom starring Barclay and Robert Picardo
-Law and Order: Trek a la Quark/Odo
-Trekpranos a la DS9 Honor Among Thieves, etc.
-Trek medical drama
-Schindler's List movie of the Bajoran Occupation
Instead we have a prequel. But it takes place in the future compared to the prequel we already had, which was actually good and didn't contain mushroom engines and Apple store bridges. Perhaps this mess is partly the fans' fault for rejecting ENT.
What would you like to see?