Re: What if... ETERNAL TIDE SPOILERS
My major problem with Kirk's death in generations was that it seems to be the main reason he was even in the movie to begin with. I would have been happier if they had just left Kirk's story as finished in TUC and had just done a TNG movie instead of a halfassed attempt at torch passing despite already having done that in their pilot episode.
While I actually do actually like Generations, I have to agree with this. The Kirk stuff has always seemed almost pointless to the bigger picture. I've never really seen where the person Picard got out of the Nexus had to be Kirk. That stuff could have easily been done by pretty much anybody.
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