Benedict Cumberbatch gets into the shower

There is a scene in Star Trek Into Darkness (this isn’t really a spoiler, BTW) in which Alice Eve, for no good reason, strips down to her underwear. It’s a particularly glaring bit of male gaze that stands out a mile in the movie as being incredibly gratuitous. Okay, Kirk does take his top off as well… but it’s when he’s in bed with two alien women, and this is in a movie where women get to do surprisingly little and with few very in positions of power.

Writer Damon Lindelof has already apologised on Twitter…

Damon Lindelof's apology

…but JJ Abrams has just been on Conan O’Brien’s show and tried to apologise, too. He also tried to make up for it a little by bringing along a deleted scene of Benedict Cumberbatch in the shower.