I just got back from seeing it. I really liked it, though I'm not sure yet if I liked the first one more.
Random list of things I liked:
-The blue sparkly lines after the ships went to warp.
-The little patrol BoP and the scenes where the Klingons are dropping from ropes.
-I liked Sulu's threat speech to Khan.
spinning out of warp was really pretty cool.
falling through the clouds then rising back up much like she did in Titan's clouds in the first movie was cool.
has armored blast doors to cover the deflector dish and apparently external torpedo launcher turrets rather than tubes.
-The Klingons have ridges, and what appeared to be ridge piercings.
-The building masking the Section 31 facility had "Kelvin Memorial
" written on the entrance.
-I'm assuming the tubes the Enterprise
was going to launch the super-torpedoes from were originally intended for something else, otherwise this is the most heavily armed Enterprise
-Those communicators must have some range for Kirk to talk to Scotty while he's on Earth. Although I guess he patched it through the ship's systems...
In regards to the point-for-point discussions... I got the impression that the super-torpedoes were just really long range stealth devices, not necessarily more powerful than conventional torpedoes. So basically 72 conventional torpedoes detonated inside of the Vengeance
, which one would expect to cause more damage than it did. It's possible that the Vengeance
has some sort of system in place to mitigate such things, similar to how Asgard ships in Stargate
automatically activate force-fields to protect systems from internal explosions. Or perhaps the bulk of the warhead was removed when the cryopods were inserted and it was just residual fuel that was detonated.