^ I gloss it over, too, Peter
- it bothers me a bit, but not that much, particularly if they keep that timeline nice 'n' fuzzy in the next movie. The only reason I brought it up was the assertion that no other ending would have been "satisfactory." That just isn't true - I suspect that those same people who weren't bothered by Kirk's rapid promotion wouldn't have minded waiting until the next movie to see him actually make captain, either. I mean, only someone invested in Trek (e.g., Trek BBSers) really cares that much, anyway.
Who it wouldn't have been satisfactory for was, apparently, Paramount. But hey, they own the bat and the ball, so they get to decide the game.