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Old May 28 2010, 07:49 AM   #358
Captain Robert April
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Re: Where did Spock go?

Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
Captain Robert April wrote: View Post
In the movie, he was a third year cadet on the verge of being put on academic suspension.
But he was just about to graduate.
Not if he's about to be suspended, he's not!

And since Kirk Prime graduated with the rank of Lieutenant, it is possible that nuKirk was just about to do the same. So Kirk (for most of the film) simply got the rank that he would have gotten anyway.
TOS Kirk entered the Academy at 17, was a model student, and spent four years there; that's how he managed to graduate as a lieutenant (j.g.). (This is under the official assumption that his time on the Republic, referenced in "Court Marial", when he was explicitly described as an ensign, was his Academy training cruise just prior to graduation, and actions like catching that open circuit and saving the ship contributed to his attaining Lt.(j.g.) upon graduation.)

JJ-Kirk didn't enter until he was in his early twenties and was a punk from Day One. Only in the JJverse would a troublemaker like that even graduate from the Academy, let alone at any rank higher than ensign.
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