I'd agree on a lack of character development in TOS... It seemed to deal more squarely with "issues" a lot I felt, than devleoping deep characters.
I disagree, however, on TNG and DS9... TNG was ALL about character development mixed in with storylines that tried to relate to the times. DS9 was practically ALL about character development I thought. TNG though explored Data's struggle with becoming Human, Picard's distance with relationships, Picard/Crusher's sexual tension/relationship, Worf's being a Klingon in a predominantly human culture... TNG was really quite deep, especially where Data and Picard were concerned.
That's a big reason First COntact was such an insanely cool film to me... It largely dealt with a big part of Picard's character traits and past. It's still my favorite ST film, and I'll be shocked if I feel different after this new one (even though I'm expecting much coolness).
BTW I find the ST Vs. SW debate simply retarded... People can, and should, see the good in both...
I'm not personally a big fan of TOS actually... Just didn't dig it. Doesn't mean I wont' love this movie though. I like a LOT of the original ST films too. There's some pretty decent movies there. There's also some utter **** in there too though, like the original film which I feel is dismal, personally. I think Star Trek improved with age, but ironically the newer movies didn't all do too well. Nemesis wasn't attrocious, but really the only good film with the new cast was First Contact I think... Generations wasn't even good.
In contrast though, I feel that TNG and DS9 were really excellent series that trumped TOS... Voyager holds its own but barely. Enterprise I find horrible to watch, but that's me.
Star Wars was really at its height with the original trilogy to most people I think, me included, but I liked AOTC, I liked the 2D CLone Wars micro series, and the 3D Clone Wars series/movie now are pretty great to me. Likewise, I think ROTS was on par with the Original Trilogy, but ONLY ROTS... I really feel TPM was an unnecessary film at this point, but basing a distaste for the whole prequal trilogy over one film (which has its charming parts too) is a lame way to judge.
AOTC is a 50/50 film... Not perfect by any stretch, but an improvement. I feel ROTS really was excellent though.
In my mind though, I'm a fan of both... I doubt I'm ever as "involved" a Trek fan as I am a SW fan, but hey... I'm buying the new toys now. If this new take on Trek continues, I'm open to what they can roll out at least. Star Wars will always be my favorite, but I don't miss TNG reruns if I can avoid it. I'm just a fan of both.
I'm a big LOTR fan too... COmpleting the trifecta of dorkdom. Or the geek hat trick?