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Damon Lindelof admits barely-clothed scene in “Star Trek” was “gratuitous”

Even if you have not yet seen "Star Trek Into Darkness," you may have seen the trailer in which Starfleet science officer Doctor Carol Marcus, played by Alice Eve, strips down to her underwear before putting on special torpedo disarming outfit. The scene has puzzled some fans, prompting criticism that it objectifies one of only two major female cast members.

In a recent interview, MTV asked producer Damon Lindelof about the scene:

OK, down to the nitty gritty. 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? Oh and also, let's discuss your villain.

Lindelof's response:

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