1) They've been on the five year mission already since the Birthday series.
2) Christine Chapel being on the Enterprise. (On behalf of her and Majel, fuck you JJ and company. Christine Chapel would NEVER.)
3) Part of Water Park takes place after STID and Pike is still alive and awesome, and before anyone asks, killing Pike is absolutely 100% not a part of my plans. I mean eventual old age or whatever, but I'm not going to murder him to give Jim angst. *cough*
4 Jim found the Botany Bay, remembered the Khan shit from the mindmeld with Spock Prime in the first film, and blew it up. Starfleet sanctioned it. So no Khan is possible in this verse.
Things Dommi Liked about the Film: the acting and visuals. The costumes were pretty neat too, but IDK how I feel about them being in all gray all the time. Like, I dunno, I appreciate that they all had multiple uniforms for multiple purposes because that's how it actually works in the military, but I don't feel like what they came up with actually fits too well with Trek. My OTP is alive and going strong. My secondary ship is also alive and going strong. There was a throwaway line about Chekov "shadowing Scotty" that made me happy from a Scokov perspective.
Things Dommi Did Not Like About the Film: Okay, ignoring how HUGELY PROBLEMATIC IT IS to have a white Brit sub in for a character who should be Desi (because gee colonialism much?), how fucking BORING was it that he turned out to be Khan? It literally had no real impact on the film. He could have just been Harrison the whole time, and it wouldn't have mattered at all. It legit does not make any difference ultimately who he was. And also, I'm not Khan's biggest fan, but his writing was off. Khan is a grand chessmaster who also earns Kirk's respect in spite of his villainy. He's not an underhanded thug who gets used by other people. Yeah, okay, Admiral Marcus was the real villain or whatever, but if you're going to use Khan, he probably should be the Big Bad.
Actually, while I'm on the subject, it's pretty clear the writers do not Get Jim, Bones, or Spock at this point, and they just have no clue what to do with Uhura (relegated to just a girlfriend for the most part with two moments of awesome), Sulu (got one moment of badass but spent the whole film sitting down), Chekov (in maybe fourteen minutes of the movie), or Scotty (not in half the film and primarily comic relief, although I did appreciate his "fuck this, I'm out" when he tried to warn Jim about the torpedoes. If any of them were going to do that, it was going to be Scotty, and I really loved that he stood up for what's right.) But they really, really resorted Jim to being a bad fanfic character for 60% of the film. I honestly have no idea how anyone could possibly be happy with Spock because he was a pissy bitch for most of the film (and fucking INSUBORDINATE TO PIKE, which Spock would NEVER. Sassy, yes; insubordinate? No. Fuck no). I HATED the reason for the meld with Pike; Spock wouldn't "research", he'd do it to calm him down and comfort him so he didn't die "alone." And they don't have any idea what to do with Bones except give him one-liners, although I suppose I should be grateful they actually let him a) be a doctor at all and b) that he was ultimately the one who saved Jim. (I'm tempted to write a fic where Jim gets his ass lovingly reamed for thanking Spock and not Bones, but meh we'll see if I still want it in a couple of days.) Really of the three, they did the best with Bones even though they haven't gotten the memo that a) Bones should also be a lead and b) a lot of people consistently say Karl does the best job out of the seven of them. (And Karl did not disappoint, and Christ people will not shut the fuck up about Cumberbatch, but Pine absolutely, utterly carried this film. There are like five scenes that shouldn't work but only do because of his acting. It's pissing me off that the reviews are ignoring Pine and Karl for Cumberbatch, it really, really is.)
And I've seen it twice now and after a second viewing, that was some God damn phoned in directing. Everything was just rushed, rushed, rushed, like JJ couldn't wait to just get it over with. The things that should have been drawn out and held onto, weren't. The first time I watched it, I couldn't even tell what was happening in the scene where Kirk and Khan fly through the debris field to get on the Vengeance. The fight scenes were chaotic to the point that I kept losing the good guys. And why was the film even in 3d at all? The only time it worked was with the energy contrails of the ships going to warp. The rest of it is pointless and doesn't enhance the film at all. He shouldn't have even bothered with it like fucking Nolan didn't for The Dark Knight Rises. (I saw the IMAX 3D and I saw regular 3D. I will likely see the film again at some point, but IDK if I'm going to wait until it's at the dollar theater or what.)
The thing that absolutely makes me the least happy is the plot. Because seriously, they had all of this time to come up with something, and they decided to do a remake with Kirk kicking it instead of Spock. I cannot even with that decision, because I seriously can just imagine them high-fiving each other like they're some big geniuses for this decision. I really cannot even with that. A review I read said the movie is excellent until the Khan reveal, where it falls apart, and it was absolutely right. It's unnecessary, things don't make sense, they got too caught up in "clever" call backs...and really, what is the damn point of an alternate timeline where you've gone on and on about how anything can happen when you're just going to retell the same stories?
And I'm sorry, but the Khan bellow needed to stay the fuck out of the film. Three decades has turned it into something that's impossible to take seriously, and Quinto just did not act well enough on it to change that. They needed to just let that go, because it completely ruins the mood of the scene. (Not hating on Zach, I think maybe they just chose the wrong take. But yeah, nope. Not good.)
I didn't hate Carol the way I do in WoK, and I am very very glad they didn't go there with Jim/Carol. The Bones/Carol didn't bug me, and honestly, considering one of the first things Carol said to Jim was "so you fucked my friend, never called, never wrote, and now you don't even remember her" I actually can't buy it happening in the Reboot. But who knows, maybe there was more of them and it's in the deleted scenes? I just...whatever.
There are things to love about this movie, but the literal only reason why it's remotely fun to watch is because of the cast. It's not the writing, and it's not the directing. I liked the character interactions, so I can appreciate it on that level, but I'm not in love with it like I was 09. It's not nearly as good, which is weird because with a trilogy, isn't usually the second film the best?
But we'll see. I'm assuming we'll get another one in 2016 for the 50th Anniversary of Trek. Hopefully we'll get new writers and a director who actually gives a damn this time.