Originally Posted by starbase63
And when have you felt the Trek universe was "weighed down" by canon before this movie came along?
For a long time I actually didn't, until I came here and read the posts of others and began to realise that some people's views (which, when they post the same thing 50 times, you get to remember) were rather rigid, and I'm not one for that kind of rigidity when it was never really intended from the start.
And I realised that maybe Star Trek has become like a dense forest, that needs a raging fire to burn through it, to clear away that impenetrable blockade of 'canon' and create something fresh again, within the original boundaries of the crew, the ship, the mission of exploration.
I think that's what this film is.