Usually when I watch a movie , especially a Star Trek one, I do as a casual viewer. I want to be surprised, intrigued, or even shocked. On the other hand, if I see the same old cliches, gimmicks and mindless action sequences, I get bored quick. running in front of an explosion that happens from 3 different angles-seriously, who really gets excited by seeing that anymore? Kirk's death and resurrection wasn't that much of a surprise or shock because we've seen this happen in movies millions of times already. In the TWOK it may have surprised people because the movie ended that way, and no one saw it coming. In STID, Kirk's death and resurrection happens in a matter of moments-plus the franchise just started, so most people had expect Kirk to be miraculously, scientifically brought back. They just had to. The funny thing is I like Star Wars movies, and they're guilty of the same thing, except it's just executed better.