Quiet callbacks to prior properties
Star Trek hasn’t always connected its properties to others. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, but a lot of times they stay away from other facets of the universe. That’s changed in more recent times with every show seemingly needing at least 20 references to a classic Star Trek perp episode but in 2013, it wasn’t that common to see a show callback to an older show, or the same for a film.
So to see Into Darkness not only embrace characters like Khan Noonien Singh, but it also saw several iconic Star Trek stories start or finish, with the film.
Notably, the fate of Christopher Pike. Though he doesn’t die in the original series, death would’ve been far more fitting for the man, considering he becomes just a husk of himself after an accident. For Into Darkness, almost as if to say that Pike can’t escape his fate no matter the universe, the man ended up getting killed by Khan early in the movie.
That wasn’t all, as the film also brought in Tribbles, which were used, in tandem with the blood of Khan, to develop a cure for radiation poisoning. While many fans claim they “killed the concept of death” by doing this, they often don’t realize that all they cured was dying from radiation poisoning.
And then they seemingly forget to mention that Spock killed the concept of death in Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock. So, again, selective outrage.