by Doctor Science
I was not looking forward to Star Trek: Into Darkness, though I am a ST: The Original Series fan.
By which I mean, because I am a ST:TOS fan.
[the following post is *spoiler-free* with regard to ST:ID -- I started working on it weeks before the movie came out. I'll put up a spoilery post at some other time.]
The thing about ST:TOS that you whippersnappers may not realize is that it was both radical and transformative. I can talk for hours about Gene Roddenberry's many faults, but he actually had a political vision with Star Trek. He wanted to show a universe -- a future -- in which peace, diversity, and rationality are not only desirable, they are *possible*, we *can* get there from here.
And it started with the casting.