I’ll admit, I did have some concerns. I think part of the lure of Star Trek is the future it represents—one where humanity has evolved beyond its worst qualities. That’s a theme I talk about a lot in Treknology. And while I still think Star Trek Into Darkness’ opening scene, with the Enterprise underwater and the crew trying to neuter a volcano, are a bit out of field—my big issues with it when I saw it last year were mostly allayed by what happens later in the story. Mostly. I still think it’s odd for Spock to spout Prime Directive this, Prime Directive that while violating the Prime Directive himself, but more importantly—I was worried that violation would pass unnoticed. Unraveling the Prime Directive like that would chip away at the core of what makes Star Trek so special. It’s a world where we have hope, hope for ourselves and if you mess with that, you mess with the core of what Star Trek is.