A big logic gap to me in Into Darkness is why didn't Kirk or Marcus make use of their vessels' shuttlecraft or lifepods, when both ships were disabled and sitting defenseless near the moon following their battle? I understand that communications with Earth were apparently down for some inexplicable reason (even though they were practically in Earth orbit, and could still call Spock Prime on New Vulcan for some reason, but can't call for help??), so why didn't Kirk launch shuttles to take some crew to safety and warn Earth and get help? Scotty had temporarily disrupted the Vengeance's weapon systems, so it's not like Marcus was in any position to shoot down the shuttles, although I guess Vengeance had shuttles - did we get any indication in the movie why neither ship launched shuttles - I guess you could argue that the Section 31 agent who sabotaged the Engines earlier in thd film was at work again, shutting down all communications abilities, and all extravehicular options and port ( Kirk and Khan had to be launched out a garbage chute, if I recall correctly, which would seem to indicate all other ports were shut down), but Spick orders everyone to their evac positions to abandon ship when Ent starts falling to Earth. Why weren't the shuttles or lifepods used at all when both ships were disabled?