I would rather call it a retelling of sorts.
What if James Kirk grew up without a father ?
What if Spock is more emotional than logical ?
Star Trek : The Next Generation (TNG) was the series that turned me into a "trekkie". Prior to watching that series, I had no idea who Captain Kirk was, let alone Spock. Truth be told, I fell in love with the Star Trek of Capt. Jean Luc Picard in the 24th century because of the tech. I was fascinated by the comm badge, the hypospray, VISORS, dilithium crystal powered cores, holodecks, warp drive engines, force fields and the LCARS console.
Apparently, though, I'm not hard core enough a "trekkie" because I've been trying to get myself to watch reruns of The Original Star Trek series (TOS) but have failed miserably to finish a single episode.
I did not like the original TV series but I definitely liked watching this Star Trek movie. Yup, I liked it, in spite of the flaws in the story telling and the scientific inconsistencies.
Oddly, I liked it not for the same reasons that I liked watching TNG (the tech) , Heroes (super powers) or Fringe (mystery behind William Bell), nope I liked it because ...
- James Kirk seems more complex and driven. He is motivated to live up to his parallel self in the other timeline.
- Spock is not stubbornly logical and is giving in to his human side.
- Bones' colorful rhetoric, specially when he's upset.
- Chekov, Scotty and Sulu for the comic relief