I really like 2010. It's a good film and in some ways its a better, more accessible story than the original but then Kubrick's film was experimental and was and remains one of the finest examples of the cinematic art. They're two different kinds of beast I guess and I can respect and appreciate each for what it is.
My only real problem with 2010 though is that from a design point of view it doesn't feel like its set in the same version of the future as the original and the space suits drive that failing home more profoundly than anything else.
They're good suits and they would be fine in any other film but they lack a cinematic evolution
Here we have the Russian suit with the lights on the sides of the helmets and then we have the American suit with the single light at the top.
I suppose we should just enjoy them for what they are and try not to imagine what they might have been but they did miss an opportunity didn't they.