An effective job of bringing across the crew dynamic and the values of the original series glosses over plenty of story shortcomings and conveniences.
The USS Enterprise is three years into its five-year mission — exactly where NBC cut the original television series short. The bridge crew is considering some hard choices regarding their Starfleet careers as they arrive at a distant deep space outpost, but everything is put on hold when a refugee arrives to get help. Her crew is trapped on a planet deep within a nebula that obstructs both visual and broadcast communications, and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is tasked with taking his ship into uncharted space to rescue them. In true Star Trek fashion, of course, things aren’t exactly what they seem, and it will take everyone working together to escape the nebula planet, defeat the villain responsible, and save all of Starfleet before the end credits roll.
Besides Star Wars, no other science fiction franchise has a bigger following or is more widely recognized than Star Trek (although “Doctor Who” is nipping at its red shirts). The first J.J. Abrams reimagining of an alternate Jim Kirk and company — simply titled Star Trek — played well to a new film franchise, but future installments were almost derailed due to a derivative and ho-hum sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, rehashing the Khan character made famous by Ricardo Montalban before being marginalized by Benedict Cumberbatch and a convoluted script. Fast and Furious director Justin Lin not only picks up duties from Abrams but manages to infuse an overblown storyline with the humanity and galactic unity Gene Roddenberry envisioned fifty years ago… opening the door for plenty more sequels should the ticket sales continue.