Re: TMP: Decker in Command?
Don't forget, it was ultimately Decker's decision (and not Kirk's) to join with Illa and V'ger that accomplished the mission and saved Earth.
Decker defined entering the cloud as an "unwarranted risk". If he doesn't enter the cloud, there is never an Ilia probe for him to merge with.
"Just give me two seconds, alright, you mad bastard!" - Montgomery Scott, Star Trek Into Darkness