the phaser effects in TWOK. There's something truly viscerally satisfying about the staggered fire pattern and way they slice relentlessly through hull plating (and presumably people). I'd like to know why we NEVER see Kirk fire phasers on the big screen before OR after TWOK.
He tries on two occasions but is stopped. In TMP it would have, like, blown up the ship. The second time, in TSFS, the Enterprise craps the bed. (After Kruge fires his screwed up torpedo and blows up the automation center.)
"Emergency power! We've got to return fire. Mr. Scott can you transfer power to the phaser banks?"
"Uh, I don't think so sir."