Guy Nacks wrote:socio-political commentary.
Through the lens of a Trek fan, epic space battles are not a requirement for a satisfying Star Trek experience. Quentin Tarantino could literally have his script be a 90-minute courtroom drama about an issue involving the Prime Directive and make it for less than $60 million, and fans would be FINE with that.
While I like the JJ timeline films, I think Undiscovered Country got the balance of mainstream action mixed with "calm" intelligent tense drama perfectly. Loved the political murder mystery aspect of that film. (it's my favorite trek film for the record, more then Khan even)