It begins almost like an Indiana Jones movie- not just for the indigenous tribe touting blow-darts, but for the feeling of being thrust into the midst of another adventure, with our heroes in jeopardy in the show-stopping opening. At this point in the game we're well aware this is a new vision of Star Trek: it's bigger, louder, more adventure-oriented. It almost has to be in order to keep the franchise's pulse going in pop culture. I don't think audiences today could put up with the slow, dry nature of the original 1979 Star Trek film. Then again, I don't know if audiences at that time could, either. Star Trek can be a great and wonderful thing, but 2001: A Space Odyssey, it is not, and why derive from other works when it's perfectly good on its own? It's for this reason I can understand why certain more hardcore fans may take issue with this new version of Star Trek being more akin to the action/adventure of something like Star Wars, and miss the social commentary and philosophical aspects of the original television series, and long for quieter, calmer, more considerate moments...[more]...