This site is 10years old, and so are some of those "expert reviews". At the time the originals were not that well liked or respected, mainly due to the 80s colour combo going out of favour, except the rare ones. (MC, PMC, GMC, LNG)
The relative popularity of the RG XX and the abundance of black guitars have put the entire Jem range in a new light.
There was also the prevailing opinion that Jems should have Jem necks, not wizards (VDY) or quasi-wizard (DBK, 90, DNA) since then people have accepted that profiles change over time and that preferences also differ (even Steve's own). The same discussion can also be found on the RGT (3020 vs 320) or J-customs (wizard vs ultra)
There are very similar threads on many other Jems as well:
-why doesn't anyone like the VBSL?
-why does the 90 get no respect?
-who thinks the 20th is an overprized light ornament?
-why all the black guitars? even before the 77VBK was announced
-the VWH is too trailer park, how-to remove gold plating...
all of these are based upon the false premise that other people's opinions matter, which they don't obviously, it's what *you* want...otherwise we would all be playing the same guitar.
bottom line is the 777s are *not* crap, but they may not be everyone's cup of tea either:
opinions are like a$$holes...