Is anyone else thinking that kirk properly fails the prime directive on the plant niruba at the start of the film ??? IMO I think he does make a mess of the mission jeopardising his ship crew and 1st officer aka Spock and damaging or destroying first contact with this native Species of the planet.
We know Spock was and is trying to stop a volcano from blowing up, I think that kirk fails this mission and is told to report to earth for punishment and that's when we see the attack on earth and BC character killing possibly pike ?? Your thoughts people ??