One scene that struck me as a bit of a wimp-out on the part of the filmmakers was when the crazy Romulans were interrogating Capt. Pike, I totally thought we were going to have a waterboarding scene, and then they went the old Wrath of Khan bug of doom route. I mean, Romulan and Republican even both start with R, and Nero was even dealing with a planet-shattering (imploding? swallowing?) catastrophe and looking for someone to blame.
And to touch upon the themes dealt with in most blog reviews of the film so far, the new Spock actor, Zachary Quinto, is by far the cutest of the bunch.