Originally Posted by horatio
Perhaps this does not work so well on the big screen and they should have tried to remain in the keel water of the TOS movies with a bit more mature and seasoned seriousness? I don't know but I guess that 'young characters => make it feel like TOS' was the idea of the production team.
No, they just should have polished the script for a few weeks more, to give certain things a wee bit more believability. The idea to make Sulu use the Katana for cutting away the chute was good. So why not make the sword shorter, so that we could believe it to be part of the equipment, and have Sulu get caught in the chute, so that he needs to cut it away really really bad.