-Benedict is Khan. It is flat out stated. (And he's awesome and chilling in the role, maybe better than Montalban). John Harrison is a misnomer, a false name he uses to hide his identity.
- The other Botany Bay survivors are mentioned, but none of them are revived, besides Khan
- Christine Chapel is mentioned, but not seen
- Bones gets a few good scenes. He's not underutilised, don't worry.
- Mickey Smith from Doctor Who is indeed in this, but he dies in the first ten minutes or so (he's the bomber)
- Section 31 are explicitly mentioned, and involved in the story. Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) is working for them, and the USS Vengeance is a stealth military vessel, serving their agenda
-Bruce Greenwood's Pike dies, and doesn't have a huge role in the plot
- Chekov gets a red shirt
- Kirk dies in the chamber (but gets revived). The scene plays out similarly to TWOK, but with Spock on the other side of the glass
- Spock is the one who yells out KHAAAAAAAAAN, and he engages Khan in hand to hand combat at the end
- Carol Marcus is a Starfleet officer, in this timeline, and has a British accent, and serves on the Enterprise.
- The Prime Directive is mentioned
- Kirk is chewed out by Pike, for screwing up on the away team mission, exposing the Enterprise to a pre warp culture
- He is demoted, just as he was in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
- Scotty resigns from the Enterprise, but returns later on
- The Klingons appear, redesigned. Tall, uglier, with rings on their forehead ridges. The new design looks cool, IMO. Their starships are also redesigned.
- It is the Vengeance, not the Enterprise, which crashes on Earth
- A tribble appears
-Khan survives. He is placed back into cryostasis at the end. In a scene reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark
-Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime cameos, and talks about the Khan in his universe."
(A+) I loved the movie. I thought it was a very entertaining thrill ride. Lots of humour, action, emotion, drama. I am a lifelong fan, who could name every episode, every guest star, every planet. It's essentially a reboot in all but name, but I am past that now. I think it's an entertaining take on a classic franchise.
I think if Trekkies can just get over the fact they've essentially rebooted the universe, they'll get a kick out of this. This movie is fun. It's great that Star Trek is fun again, after the staginess, and PC nature of Berman's entries like Voyager.
Five stars. Very entertaining movie