I rather liked it, Barnabas. The producers seemed to be trying to move their version of the franchise a little closer to the original show's "history". I guess they realized they had strayed a little too far from the already well-established Star Trek story line.
It was also nice that they are giving the supporting characters some meatier parts, although they really need to quit revisiting old enemies and bring in some new original foes.
It was also nice seeing the Kirk character grow up a little. He can be a rebel without being so snarky about it.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." ~ Albert Einstein