In general, the movies that were "successful" in terms of audience satisfaction were those that built upon some element of a previous story from one of the TV series (TWoK
, First Contact
) or were direct sequels to an earlier movie (TSFS
). Starting from scratch, the results weren't so satisfying (TMP
). This seems pretty simple to me.
doesn't quite fit the pattern; there is a preexisting element, the dead-David business, but it's not central to the story, just a convenient hook to hang Kirk's feelings about Klingons upon. Why was it satisfying - at least to some of us - although essentially a new story? What could later Trek feature writers have learned from TUC
that they didn't learn?)