Oso Blanco wrote:
the mentioning of Sulu's promotion to captain of Excelsior
Is this the scene where Sulu's line got cut off in the shuttle?
Yes! It's a mere 15 seconds cut and NO Shatner did not botch it on purpose. His best performance--no, but did he throw the scene? NO.
And there is an added line (not in the script) by McCoy where McCoy enthusiastically congatulates Sulu---that i assume they added to counter the monotone delivery by shatner.
It COULD have been used and noone would have raised an eyebrow about the performances. They cut it for other reasons.