They do the kinds of things that I wish prequels wouldn’t do. They do the thing that I wish franchise reboots wouldn’t do. As the trailers showed, they have today’s kind of over-the-top action that seemed at odds with the spirit of the original series. Oh, and did I mention that Trek had more than used up their time-travel allowance?
It’s unsurprising that I have criticisms. What’s surprising is that...they really feel like trivia. It’s a really good movie, and it feels like it really honors the original Trek and what it was about. The characters are all made more without going too far.
Well, that’s my first impression. I remember saying Episode I was “really good” the day I saw it. So, I won’t try to answer the big question. Mr. Abrams has scored a victory, though, simply because people are seriously comparing his film to Khan.