Originally Posted by omegaman
Some fans (not you) have a deep mindset when it comes to Trek, they can't think outside the box: Because it happened this way it must be so philosophy. I think the nods to the previous films are purely their to appease, to show that they happened, but albeit differently. Hope that makes sense.
I understand your point but they have already made one poor attempt of copying TWOK/NEM. Is it really necessary to stick so fanatically to this one movie and not just copy patterns but even entire scenes (Nero crying Spock!, now Kirk putting his hand on a transparent wall)?
There is a difference between an inside joke (Cardassian sunrise), a homage (Nimoy) and a blunt copy&paste job (the above-mentioned stuff).