It was not the worst atrocity of the Boltons. We must never forget the crimes of Lord Michael of House Bolton. His blasphemous hymns have wrought much pain.
Also, you know nothing, show watchers.
They kind of missed the point of Section 31. It's supposed to be a super secret organization that almost no one knows exists. Its methods are supposed to be almost impossible to track. Most importantly, people are supposed to be surprised and appalled by its existence. The very idea that something so antithetical to what the Federation stands for can exist within the very heart of Starfleet is supposed to be extremely controversial and hard for people to believe. It's kind of like learning that your nice friendly neighbor who gets along with everyone and is a pillar of the community turned out to be a mafia hitman.
I really enjoyed the movie but yeah, it's not the same as the old Star Trek. The old Trek had a greater emphasis on the details and continuity. You can't really nitpick the Abrams Trek the same way you can nitpick the old Trek. The dialogue, action, acting, and effects were all great but the plot was probably on the level of a Voyager or Enterprise episode.
Regardless, I still wished the movie had been a bit slower and more subtle. The old Section 31 used elaborate secret plans filled with political manipulations, lies, and betrayals. It kind of sucks how they've been turned into a bunch of dumb warmongers who barely even try to hide their existence. Also, I wish there had been a greater focus on Khan's intellect and charisma rather than his physical strength.
But they change character race/ethnicity all the time. For example, there's Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Bane, the Mandarin, all the characters in the Last Airbender movie, most of the cast of the Dragonball movie, characters in the Prince of Persia movie, the main character in 30 Days of Night, Katniss Everdeen, a certain character in Star Trek, etc.
And that's not even including the whitewashing of characters in media that are based on real people of other races.
DS9 shouldn't be exempt since it had characters like Dukat, Garak, Quark, Odo, Kira, etc. As for shows where the aliens that don't act human at all, I can't really think of any. Even shows like Farscape had aliens with human like traits.
As for Defiance, there's definitely a Babylon 5 vibe to it. The characters are interesting and have potential. However, the show does have its problems. The pilot was pretty predictable and there are some continuity issues that they need to address. Just a few potential continuity problems that I noticed:
The mayor said in this week's episode that they drove out the Irathients with cold-fire weapons but during the battle in the last episode, they only had earth weapons and no alien weapons.
What happened to all the Volge wreckage from the battle? Shouldn't they be scavenging the battlefield for tech and weapons that they can use?
The deputy was assigned to investigate who set Ben free and hired him to destroy the town but he just forgot about it and decided to save the guy who was being tortured.
They stopped Ben from blowing up the nuclear power plant but the power plant is still there so they better deal with it in the future or the bad guys could just send someone else to blow up the power plant.
No, Wesley, it's a trick! This is all an illusion created by the Senior Partners to lure you into a false sense of security so that they can truly claim you as their servant. If you succumb to their deception, Wolfram and Hart won't just own your soul, your mind will be dominated for all time.
There are way too many great shows/movies/games that were either canceled, shelved, or needs a sequel to name. Just off the top of my head, there's Farscape, Babylon 5, Firefly, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Caprica, Legacy of Kain: Dark Prophecy, Arcanum 2, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Psychonauts, etc.
No, I'm pretty sure that they didn't try that hard to stay true to the show. For example, I remember reading a book where the Enterprise had to go up against a Cardassian warship and they said that the Cardassian ship was much more powerful than the Enterprise even though Cardassian ships were always shown to be much weaker than modern Starfleet ships since their first appearance in TNG, they were only effective against crappy 100 year old Starfleet ships like the Miranda class.
I remember reading some of those. I stopped once I realized that they made no effort to keep continuity with the shows.
As for the dolphin, that was an actual idea they had for TNG. They were swept up in the whole new agey "whales and dolphins are smarter than humans" insanity, as evidenced by Star Trek 4. The idea was that dolphins were as intelligent as humans and that the dolphin crew member was a navigator because dolphins are adept at swimming in three dimensions. There was even supposed to be a big aquarium dedicated to the dolphin navigator.
But you weren't raised in a society in which the importance of public service and helping the community are highly valued and taught to you from childhood. There are societies on earth today where people have lives that we may consider tedious or extreme. There are societies that promote asceticism, in which people are taught from childhood to restrict worldly pleasures as much as possible.
In fact, the Federation doesn't have to promote even half the amount of altruism that those societies believe in. Being a waiter could simply be like an apprenticeship. If you want to learn from a great chef, then you go and work as a waiter for them. Plus considering the level of tech available on earth, restaurants wouldn't need human waiters, everything could be automated, they'd only need chefs to do the cooking.