Since TPTB at Paramount may have a look at this thread, I thought I might as well put in my two cents!
FIRST----I LOVED the movie. All the cast were outstanding--there was no one I didn't like.
I saw the movie MANY times and the more I saw it, the more I liked Bruce Greenwood as Captain Pike. He's a strong commanding officer and I LOVED the father/ son/ mentor vibe he had with Kirk and I want to see that relationship continue and develop in the sequel. Obviously I want to see Pike out of the chair and up on his feet.
We have a new crew and a new start now and as far as I'm concerned, Pike is on the team!
Another thing---- What a pleasant surprise Spock and Uhura were. LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Please continue to develop that relationship. Not a lot mind you---it's Star Trek after all.
BOTTOM LINE--- A recovered and strong Admiral Pike is a must!
When the cast for the sequel is announced, I want to see BC's name right up there with the others.
The torch has been passed and I'm sure looking forward to the sequel.