Re: In Star Trek 2009, why didnt Sulu use his phaser on the drill?
More importantly, why didn't Kirk use his phaser as soon as the first romulan popped out of the hatch? Instead of drawing and firing at an easy target, he charges across the platform and attempts to use his helmet as a weapon, resulting in loss of said phaser. Why would anyone trained in basic military tactics do this?
I'm inclined to think that phasers have to be turned on when drawn from a holster. Having them turned off when holstered may be akin to them having a safety engaged.
Maybe if they didn't have to spacedive, they could have went in with phasers at the ready...
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