The only people integral to the story are Kirk and Spock. Everything else is just fluffy stuff window dressing for Kirk and Spock. That includes Bone's bitching about things, Uhura kissing Spock, Marcus undoing torpedoes, Scotty faffing about..
It's Kirk and Spock vs their Enemy. And probably will be next movie.
There aren't many scenes in ST09 or STID without Kirk, Spock or McCoy in it. Come to think of it there aren't many scenes in TOS without Kirk, Spock or McCoy in it.
Its hard to sneak in a woman to woman scene in there without the main leads