Re: Star Trek Into Darkness and the 4th wall
I just thought it was a Tex Avery-style exercise in seeing how far something could be extended and still keep the audience engaged. Also (unlike the "How it should have ended" clips) to do it without calling attention to the gag in advance.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming
that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, journal entry for 8 November 1838.