Re: Star Trek Into Darkness & The Bechdel Test
The cut scene in Trek '09 where he apologizes to the Gaila-lookalike would have done a lot to make him seem to grow, but the fact JJ cut that scene out says it all about his low-priority he is on character-development.
That scene made him look racist in the "they all look alike to me" vein. The scene was wisely cut from the film.
"I had no idea you were so... formidable. " - Anan 7 to James T. Kirk, A Taste of Armageddon