Starship Polaris wrote:
Of course, the way Trek works is that in a pinch no one will be constrained even by stuff that has been on screen.
Exactly, "canon" is defined as a tool designed by marketers to convince/guilt us into buying as much of their product (good or bad) as possible, while still freeing up that product's creators to throw that concept right out the window and start all over again from scratch whenever their desire is to -- you guessed it
-- convince/guilt us into buying as much of their product (good or bad) as possible.
In short, it's a scam.