Well, it's not an exact comparison...but the two franchises are related if you know the history. There was a brief comeback of M:I in the 80s but it wasn't all that good or well liked (perhaps like Enterprise wasn't?) so in 1995 we got the feature film which did great but, to me, diverged from the formula of the original series (Greg Morris reportedly hated it, I'm not sure how Nimoy or Graves felt). So M:I went on to be a totally different thing. The same happened with Star Trek 2009. Big, blockbuster film that departed from the formula of previous Treks and it hasn't been the same since. People say "well, there were people who said the same thing about TNG when it came out," but I was young when TNG came out and I grew up watching it, DS9 and Voyager. I didn't discover TOS until the 2004 DVD release (I had seen it before but wasn't able to see much). So I guess there are people now who have "grown up" with Chris Pine as Kirk and I guess the recent news would be not so great for them, they have my sympathy. I just "know what I like" and that is mainly TOS after the past 15 years. I re-watch it a few times a week. Sorry if I seem brash at times, I am not always as sensitive about things as I should be when I get talking online. I still love collecting Trek which is why I still come to these forums to see what people have to say about the new collectibles. Perhaps I shouldn't have waded into this subject and kept my mouth shut? Who knows.
Now I understand. Thanks for explaining your point, Nigel.
Yeah, imagine if Abrams rebooted Trek and immediately killed off half the bridge crew and made Kirk the bad guy! (Actually that might have made a compelling Mirror Universe plot, but I digress...)
Cruise has definitely done his own thing, moving M:I from an ensemble piece to his star vehicle. I'd ague it was more of a Battlestar Galactica reimagining that what happened with Trek, though. Abrams kept canon intact by creating the alternate timeline. It's just a different playground with fewer rules thanks to it being a new continuity.
As for criticism of Discovery, most or what I've read has been about how "it should be free" or that the show is suddenly "pushing a progressive, liberal agenda." People leveling these gripes insist they're long-time fans but that doesn't seem likely since they've apparently never paid for movie tickets, novels, or video games and are unaware that Trek has always been progressive. If anyone's making the same ridiculous complaints about M:I, I'd dismiss them just as quickly.
Of course there have been legitimate gripes about Discovery (pacing, tone, etc.) but they're few and far between. Most of the complaints are so superficial I have to wonder if the critics are all that familiar with the franchise, which is why I question if they're actually fans at all.