If the special effects are not what the show is about, why would anyone hate the remastered episodes?
There are several different points here. First of all, they are not simply replacing the special effects, but cleaning and making high-definition digital copies of the original
. It is simply a pleasure to watch the show without all the dirt and scratches.
As for the special effects, the modifications are done with great care. The producers are not "re-imagining" or rewriting history, like the Star Wars revisions did, but rather restoring this work of art (art restoration is constantly "painting over" masterpieces. The alternative is to lose them forever).
What are we missing, exactly? I can only think of two kinds of people who might want to see the original unaltered: TV historians, and hard-core fans who do not want so see *any* change whatsoever. I think these people might have a valid point in wanting to preserve the original, but this does not mean we can't have the remastered versions, too.
Personally, I'm glad we have both