We just got back from watching Star Trek: Into Darkness. What an awesome movie!
Okay, I admit, I'm a sucker for dashing military officers, beautiful women (especially when they have, um, tails), and heroic battles within battles. The movie had all of those. What it had more, though, and greater than any other movie I can recall seeing, was connectivity to other movies in the same story franchise.
Part of it is the acting, honestly. The kids who play the young Kirk, Spock, Bones, et al, have clearly studied the parts as portrayed in the movies of yore. There's just something about a young Kirk making the same comment that you would imagine the Kirk you grew up watching making that is outstanding.
It's not present in every movie in every series, either. I wanted to enjoy Mummy 3, for example, but the loss of continuity in the part of Evie just killed it for me. In this case, it's easy to imagine each of the characters in the 2013 movie being younger versions of the characters in the 19, um, 60's (gawd, was it really that long ago?) TV series and in the several movies that sprouted from it.
They even have a tribble, a nod to a quirky idea on the original series that has now connected it, the follow-on Next Generation, the follow-on follow-on Deep Space 9, and now this movie.
To put it mildly, I'm impressed by the storytelling that is able to keep an audience interested in modern quality drama and effects while connecting us old Trekkies firmly to our roots.
All it lacked, really, was Kirk falling for a three-breasted green alien. I guess aliens with tails will suffice, though.