Why are the male characters allowed to be shown in relationships (whether they're romantic or platonic), but if a female character is, she's "nothing but the girlfriend"?
Because when she sees both men off who are going to save the galaxy, she stays behind and does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
for the remainder of the film except come rushing back in to hug Spock (Again leaving her post for the third gawd dang time). Heck, Kirk doesn't even ask her to hail the Narada. Isn't it funny how when you give someone like Uhura a supposedly important post on the ship that she should actually do something with it?
Uhura is there for the men's benefit, not the story's. Her Klingon transmission wasn't even an important element since the Enterprise had a whole minute of free time to spare before they were attacked by the Narada after exiting warp.
Where in the film was there room for more action than there already was in what was a very tightly edited film for this movie era? Uhura was portayed as a strong, empowered, and intelligent woman with an important relationship to Spock; she was equal in this film equal to McCoy which is fantastic, and on the movie poster McCoy didn't even get a spot but she fortunately did next to Spock and Kirk, it says a lot since it wasn't in some sort of lame titillating under dressed pose. She was a very important character getting more attention in this film than Nichelle Nicholes Uhura ever really got, even with the famous kiss scene with Kirk all those years ago. Zoe Saldana did really enjoy making this film and was satisifed with her role however she does want an action scene for Uhura in the next film and from what I have seen from JJ and crew she will probably get it, but don't expect her to get top billing with Pine or Quinto who are the top stars in this version of Trek, even Urban's McCoy isn't an equal to Kirk or Spock, though we will probably see the big three it could also include Uhura as a member of a big four instead.