Never happened in TOS thus not a nod as far as I'm concerned. But all that's irrelevant as it just didn't work for me. It's ok. really. You don't have to try and justify every aspect of the movie for people like me. I like it for what it is and I'll complement it for what I think it did right and critique it for what I think it did wrong. This is something I don't think worked and apparently I'm not alone!
No you're not! At least here nobody is trying to rip you a new one - as has happened elsewhere - for not liking/hating or both for the "right" reasons!!
"Chimp" You have some great points. Points I think myself and others like VulcanFanatic have brought up too.
Yes, thank you for your thoughtful post Chimp. I agree with your points too. I think you're highlighting the problems thinking people have with films made to attract "yoof" because they want to think they can rise to the top and byepass the years of necessary seasoning and experience - as Jean-Luc Picard would say!! I agree with your ponts on S/U too. I don't think Spock would have jeopardised his position even to the point where he needed to explain to her that giving her a place on the mission might be regarded by some (for that read all) as favouritism - which he does do in the movie.
Oh the rig scenes were wonderfully shot and nicely done! A ton of fun filled action! But... they weren't necessary, the whole plot device of needing a drilling rig and needing to drill to the center of the planet to release "red matter" just wasn't necessary, it was contrived simply to do exactly what you described. So that's why I say they were unnecessary.
Oh how I agree with you, but that's where we are with Trek today. I mean the whole B4 hunt and chase subplot was simply an excuse to have a buggy chase and give Spiner more to do. We all know that Shinzon didn't need an excuse to draw the Enterprise
closer to the Neutral Zone because, well, he's the Praetor of the Romulan Star Empire wanting to open peace talks, so who else is Starfleet going to send but their best diplomat and the flagship of the fleet!