This is a long thread and I'm not reading the whole thing. I just want to make a minor observation, and if someone has already mentioned it somewhere before, I apologize.
Does anyone reckon that there is a lot of similarity, particularly with the warp engines, between JJA's new Enterprise and the Enterprise E? I've recently re-watched Nemesis and Insurrection and I found the similarity quite noticeable.
If you are too open minded your brains will fall out.