Yeah man, you thought all that lens flare was a patronising way of keeping the audience distracted by the shiny things waved in front of them so they wouldn't notice the lack of plot or substance?
It really alluded to Nikolai Karamzin's theory of a conservative Russia.
The plot and substance was there. You'll find it if you watch and listen. I think you might be the one easily distracted by shiny things, if you missed it.
Like I said, Star Trek isn't all that deep. But if thinking that liking Star Trek makes you "intellectual" helps you make it through life, go right ahead.