OK, so at the end of the episode Pike looks up Kirk’s record. Putting aside the fact that as of 2259 Kirk seemingly already has all those impressive-sounding awards listed in a TOS episode set years later, there’s the section with his training.
Which includes “Witnessed the massacre on Tarsus IV.”
Listed as TRAINING.
What sort of academic credit does observing genocide net you, out of interest? I lived through two west African coups and I still had to do my homework. I sat (and failed) a maths exam a week or so after getting knocked down by a car. Or is this like that thing where you get to pass the year if your roommate commits suicide? Is this the real reason why Kirk got a free pass for cheating on the Kobayashi Maru?
quote:Originally posted by Spike: I guess they do only cursory Memory Alpha check-ups. That‘s how we got a Talaxian boardgame being played in STD.
If you mean Kadis-Kot, I don't remember there being anything stated in dialogue that it's a Talaxian game, or even something that originated in the Delta Quadrant. It first featured in Voyager but there's nothing definitive that says it isn't an existing Alpha Quadrant game.
A cursory Memory Alpha check-up confirms this. There is a bit of grey area with one episode where a prisoner says he played the game with his brother when he was younger, but it's possible to explain this away that he maybe played a very similar game and was able to pick up Kadis-Kot quickly as a result.
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While I enjoyed this episode, one thing bothers me. Pike changes the future by writing a letter...a letter that discloses classified information to a literal child. You've either got here Starfleet blind ignoring that Pike has broken the Starfleet equivalent of an Official Secrets Act by disclosing the details surrounding his vision of the future (and presumably Control), or you've got a group of future cadets and their families believing the ramblings of a captain telling them "don't go on this ship, something might happen". Either way from Starfleet's point of view you're risking introducing an unstable element into a critical situation by leaving him in command of NCC-1701 after that.
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