Re: Kirk's status, new timeline- Really so far off? (Contains spoilers
It seems that so many are willing to assume that the least likely presentations will be the ones we're given in the film ("cadet to captain in six minutes", "Chekov outranks Kirk", and so on). Why assume the least likely to be true in this case when such a position, in general, is absurd?
Absurd things have happened onscreen before.
In labor news: Longshoremen walked off the piers today. Rescue operations are continuing.