I was looking for a particular post on the Kung Fu Monkey blog and found this review of the Star Trek 2009 movie, too, which does a nice job discussing transformative and revelatory arcs. John Rogers is a TV writer and he makes some fascinating points. There are some interesting comments, but most are focused on the merits or lack thereof, of the movie and not the writing points, and as expected from some folks in fandom, some of the comments get rather irksome. Still, this is a good springboard to thinking of the importance of heroes and character development.
And for the record, in the original Star Trek series, I thought Kirk was the hero, and the star of the show was the Enterprise, itself. :)