quote:Like in ST '09 Pike gave Kirk an acting captain position which honestly made no sense as Spock was his XO and should have been made acting captain, but whatever.
Uh, I do not believe this is correct. When Pike decided to go aboard the Romulan ship, he made Kirk acting first officer: Spock was acting captain until he removed himself from duty at which point Kirk was elevated to acting captain. But yes, it's weird the ship didn't already have an actual second officer.
You're right. It's been a while since I watched it.
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There IS TNG's The Arsenal of Freedom where Picard puts LaForge in command when he beams down to the planet, despite the fact that chief-engineer-of-the-week Logan is a full Lieutenant (LaForge at the time is only a j.g.); and Logan even comes to the bridge to request that LaForge hand over command. He can't just assume command because it would countermand Picard's orders; granted if Picard had known the Enterprise would have come under attack I don't think he would have left the ship.
Bringing up LaForge reminds me that he went from Lt.(jg) to Lt.Cdr. in about a year. So rapid promotions are possible. Though he’s hardly a poster boy for it, having taken eight years to get to Lt. and stayed a Lt.Cdr. for at least the next 13..!
I mean, if you want to talk rapid promotion -- weren't LaForge and Riker in the same Academy class?
And yeah, LaForge jumped in rank rapidly -- Lt. JG in season 1, Lieutenant in S2, Lt. Commander in S3. I do wonder what the production rational for something like that is when compared to keeping Harry, Travis, and Hoshi as ensigns for the entire runs of their show.