Even if you haven’t seen “Star Trek Into Darkness,” you’ve likely still seen the out-of-place shot of Alice Eve standing in just her bra and underwear. The scene has been featured in the majority of the movie’s trailers and TV spots, seemingly to try to garner male attention and get more people to check out the movie because it has a hot mostly naked chick in it.
It’s not a spoiler to say that the scene serves absolutely no narrative purpose in “Star Trek Into Darkness” beyond proving that Eve’s character Carol Marcus is a babe (which, as people who have seen the movie now know, doesn’t really matter anyway). The scene has drawn the ire of critics and “Star Trek” fans alike because of its gratuitous and unnecessary nature, and now writer Damon Lindelof has responded.
First Lindelof took to his Twitter to apologize to those who were offended by the scene.
“I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress,” he writes. “We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic. What I’m saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future. Also, I need to learn how to spell ‘misogynistic.'”
In a slightly more tongue-in-cheek manner, Lindelof addressed the backlash in a funny e-mail exchange with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz. “I feel like I have to start with the biggest mystery/conversation that’s surrounded the film from the get go. Why is Alice Eve in her underwear at one point?” Horowitz asks.
“Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God’s name she would undress in that circumstance? Well there’s a very good answer for that. But I’m not telling you what it is. Because … uh … MYSTERY?” Lindelof responds. Well said.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is currently in theaters.