Some people need to pay attention to the movie.
Sulu had to use his blade to free himself from his chute. By the time he stood, he was already close to the Romulan in front of him. Why tempt fate and try to draw a phaser when the bad guy with a retractable axe comes at you?
Your Friendly, Neighborhood, Navy Vet!
The United States Navy: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of all Who Threaten It!
"I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.'" -President John F. Kennedy