I admit, I was wrong. I have seen the light. All the issues I'd had with Into Darkness I am now ok with and I admit, in my stubbornness, I was perhaps a bit too jaded by having been spoiled so much in the lead-up to the film's release by the spoiler whores here and on Facebook to really be able to see the film for what it is.
THIS. For the love of God, THIS.
Conflict & Drama for Dummies
(Star Trek Into Darkness, as understood by my friend, writer Kay Reindl