I think a major part of the appeal is the Star-Trek references. Since you didn't even mention them, I'm guessing that's not for you. I had the same experience otherwise...nothing wrong with the gameplay, but outside of how well each item fits a Trek trope, I didn't find a lot that was new here.
Pete (does love Star Trek, so that was enough for him to enjoy the game)
Yeah, I guess it is pretty based on Star Trek...I like Star Trek just fine but I guess I wouldn't consider really consider 'references' as all that exciting a thing about a game. :p