Holy cow man, Devin launches himself on a Blaine-tastic voyage of endurance and discovery. I wish he'd do more reviews too but I'll pretty much try to read anything he writes about and Kirk and Co are newly ripe for this. Like the bible or Shakespeare ... or was it Oprah? ... said, cometh the hour, cometh the man.
I think you nailed it Greg. The original series has charisma. In TNG only one actor has charisma and it wasn't enough to support hanging some dramatic meat from the goofyness of the skeleton.
Because the original series is about excitement, adventure, and action. It's the old west, and high seas explorers. it's bigger than life. The Next Generation traded all that in for politics, hamhanded social commentary, and technological gobbledygook. It's boring and obtuse.