I knew what was coming as soon as Kirk punched Scotty out. From then on, I enjoyed the scene as it unfolded and tried to pay attention to the differences from Spock's turn in the radiation chamber... specifically how Kirk was dealing with his impending death and Spock watching his friend die.
Which now that I think about it kind of answers Kirk's question at the beginning of the movie: "If I were in there [about to die], what would Spock do?"
I was aware that mirroring was going on but I didn't think it hurt the movie or made it any less. This is a new story, writing new lore, and using the old as a guide.