Some things it (and the preceding monthly series) do seem to have set up: Thanks to Nero, Kirk and company may be the only honest people left in Starfleet (and we're not even sure about a certain Asian helmsman). There is something seriously
wrong in San Francisco, Admirals Marcus and Pike are up to their eyeballs in it, and this John Harrison (whoever he is) is poised to take full advantage of it. The Klingons, too, are back in full badass villain mode and itching to take the Federation on (with no Organians in the way this time). Kirk is questioning his commitment to the Prime Directive and being a obedient little starship captain, Spock is in full PTSD and looking to martyr himself, and neither are really getting along with each other like they're supposed to. Our crew have all the makings of the heroes we remember, but not nearly enough of the experience.
This Star Trek
universe is seriously dark and twisted compared to the one we saw in the 1960's - and things are about to take a sharp turn for the worse.