Where to even start? Okay, let me start by first saying that Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as Khan was a very good one. He was cold hearted, deceiving looking, and hell-bent on finding destruction. There were some great action scenes in this movies, particularly the one where Khan and Kirk are flying through space in advanced "jumpsuits." Dialogue did not seem to be a problem for the people who formulated the script (Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Roberto Orci) as it was always witty and sharp. Zachary Quinto, again reprised his role as Spock, and did a decently fine job at that. He is convincing more and more lately, that he can pretty much act in anything. Star Trek: Into Darkness has some very intense scenes that are emotional, subtle, and destructive. This space opera is done with diligent pacing, and some of the finest use of special effects I've seen in a while. J.J. Abrams is taking directing to a whole new level with a nearly flawless movie. My only complaint would be that the camera scenes were beginning to resemble what Michael Bay does in his movies. SHAKY. I swear, Michael Bay has terrets. Anyways, the movie leans more so on the emotional side than one would've expected. What's different between the beloved franchises of Star Wars and Star Trek, is the Star Trek has a director that's made two movies in a row that have been brilliant with an emotional tear drop or two. Yes, Star Wars Episodes VII-XV got the J.J. Abrams treatment as well, but we have no idea what's going to become of them (there are rumors swirling around the Benedict Cumberbatch has a role!) yet. So, lets rewind to the Episodes I-III. Does anyone actually remember a good, emotional scene in those movies? Neither do I. To say that George Lucas can't write a love scene, or an emotional scene, is to say that facebook is just a website. A complete understatement. So, drawing parallels with the Star Trek universe and the Star Wars universe should be easier unless J.J. Abrams botches things up with Episode VII like George Lucas did with Episodes I and II. On an earlier note, however, this movie has got the goods. Go watch it. There is never a dull scene with any of these actors/actresses, and the director gives it his all with a non cliched movie with even a little touch of humor.