Originally Posted by Captain Tom Coughlin
How is a girl in a bar ordering a Cardassian sunrise obsession with Continuity?
In and of itself not at all. Add Archer's dog, the repetition of Spock's Doyle quote from TUC, the very appearance of Nimoy, the fanwankish comic and you realize that ST09 is not the clean reboot many people pretend it is.
I totally understand that a franchise which spans more than ten movies and more than 500 episodes works like that, I totally understand that writers wanna throw some meat to the fans ... but such a timid "hedge my bets" attitude rarely paves the road to excellence.
If the guy who wrote "In the Pale Moonlight" had worried that much about how fans might react to his controversial piece he wouldn't have written it in the first place.
On the other hand these three movies with a second version of the classical characters do perhaps not have to cut all ties to what has come before. Yet the series that will emerge after the movies are over will have to.