Yeah, that pretty much sums up the two films, for better or worse. To survive in this current movie marketplace, these films are designed as action shoot em up epics with the good guys fighting a super evil villain hellbent on destruction, because that's what most audiences expects from those kind of films in the Summer. STID tried adding some of the old Trek flavor by going for a now very dated 9/11 conspiracy/truther analogy, but it's more surface level so not to put off audiences who want to just have a good time at the movies, hence that one year time jump to the mega happy ending. Will the next film try to go for a different format so not to feel like this film series is just repeating itself? If the writers/producers are smart enough, they would know to do something different to keep things fresh, but maybe Paramount might not want to stray from the formula of these two films. We'll see. Pine wants to go "dark" with Kirk, I'm not sure I want something like that, but this is their sandbox.