Re: Kirk-Spock-Uhura interplay
Though Scott is absent from specific chunks of both films, I'd put him on roughly equal importance with Uhura. They both match or exceed McCoy's contributions. Most of us probably expected McCoy to have equal footing with Kirk and Spock in the 2009 movie, though even he hadn't reached parity in the first season of TOS either. (He didn't even appear in ERRAND OF MERCY. He also has a vanishing act in DOOMSDAY MACHINE's second half.
Having all the major players in alphabetical order on the posters and the initial end credits helps boost the ensemble premise of the Abrams films. Plus, in STID, with the possible exception of Sulu, every one of the seven saves one or more of the others at certain moments in the story....
''Four questions, joker. Why do you leave your pets on the floor where they can get squashed, who's this idiot with the dark glasses, where's my Becky, and what the HELL are you doing floating on the ceiling?''