I wish they kept the story line alive. I miss the old story line and when the stories dealt with questions of science, ideals or philosophy. Now its been replaced by stories reduced flashy action. There seemed to be no point.
I like to think that as a first installment, this film has established a natural framework which can easily accept the elements you have mentioned.
Perhaps they have had to prioritise in this first film and even the original series took quite a few episodes to fully introduce those elements.