While watching Star Trek Into Darkness, the following two scenes looked funny to me.
- In the opening scene, Spock almost dies while trying to save a native population from death by volcano. His death is only averted by exposing the population to the sight of the Enterprise, which might or might not be a worse problem, depending on your perspective.
- Some time later, McCoy and Dr. Marcus go open a torpedo they know little about, with a very real risk of instant death apparently hanging over their heads.
What I find funny is that these are the kind of tasks that could be easily delegated to a remotely-controlled robot. Bomb-disposal units in the present day never send a person to examine a suspicious device if they can use a robot instead. Why do the enterprise crew not make use of this option? Given how stupendously advanced their technology is, you would think they could have a few mechanical gizmos with a radio link to the bridge, so that they could perform this kind of tasks without putting lives at risk.