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Old August 22 2012, 07:01 AM   #6
Re: This Side of Paradise question (spoiler)

Well, "Court Martial" lists Kirk as the recipient of

-Palm Leaf of Axanar Peace Mission
-Grankite Order of Tactics, Class of Excellence
-Prantares Ribbon of Commendation, Classes I and II

before the prosecution interrupts.

This thing doesn't much look like a palm leaf to me, but it does have a laurel pattern to the outer rim, so perhaps...

It's definitely not a ribbon, though. one is there to transport him down to the colony..
We could argue that this is in fact a factor in waking him up at that specific moment. Not that there would be nobody to beam him down - but that, standing next to the console and setting it on "autobeam", Kirk realizes that there will be nobody to beam him back up again, so the next keypress will be the one to separate him from his starship forever. This makes the moment more poignant than the preceding ones, as it sort of rushes together all the preceding feelings of nostalgia, success and duty.

Timo Saloniemi
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