Yes, the same Spock that refused to help his dying father. ...and this is the same timeline for Spock(prime), just earlier. No, not at all. I can understand that Kirk realizes the friendship there because of his mind meld with Spock(prime). But nuSpock has not been friends with Kirk long enough to have established such a strong meaningful bond. See above. I understand it perfectly. Correct, my mistake. So why did Commander Spock lead Khan back to Earth? How is that prudent here? Was there an armada of Star Fleet ships there to assist him? Never said he was. But he was never an out of control emotional loon either. OK, sure. Didn't say unfazed. Thank you. I suppose you say his cameo in this movie was good writing too.