People seem to forget that Berman hasn't been a usurper but the approved heir of the throne. One can accuse him of many things but certainly not of having been a bad grailkeeper.
At the risk of getting lynched by all the TOS fans, Gene rightly dismissed TOS as the first trial and TNG as the real thing.
There is something reactionary about returning to the roots, about fetishizing characters instead of concepts and ideas (hey, I always said that I am a hardcore Roddenberryian). I wouldn't wanna see a second Picard, not for all the latinum in the quadrant.
Now let the stoning begin ...