I like the fact that everyone talks almost exclusively about the characters instead of the plot or the villain or whatnot, and I can see why. Not only did they cast the PERFECT actors in every role (except Uhura - I found Nichols' portrayal to be far more classy and elegant), but this was as much character-driven as any TOS/TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT episode, PLUS it had the special effects and action we've always craved (remember when they finally showed the battle of Wolf 359 in First Contact?).
One thing is bugging me, though...
So - alternate timeline (as hinted at in dialogue), changed canon, or other? I mean, ok, I can see a little bit past the whole "Spock met his future self" or "Kirk's father and Spock's mother died long before they were supposed to" or "we now know the future of Romulus and can change it if we wanted to," but how the fuck are we supposed to look past VULCAN NO LONGER EXISTS? Or do we simply wait until events unfold as they will in the far future and avert the disaster that sends both Spock and Nero back in time, thereby changing everything back to canon once again? I mean, it's not that I don't LOVE time travel stories, but in every instance in the Trek universe they've always pushed the big shiny red Reset Button, and this time they didn't, nor did they give us any clues as to what happened next (begging the bigger question, what are they going to do next - movie sequel with this cast? New series?).