What did Tracey do that Kirk hadn't done in the past or would do in the future?
Tracey took a landing party to the surface of Omega IV, where they contracted the virus, and when they returned to Exeter
, it spread among the crew, who then died because they weren't protected by the atmosphere. Is that not traumatic, in a similar way to Decker's loss?
I don't know why
Tracey went to Omega IV, or why he stayed on the surface when the rest of landing party beamed back up, but Kirk made contact with primitive civilizations, too, just for surveys apparently. Was Tracey simply doing something similar? Do we really know why Exeter
was at Omega IV originally?
So why does Decker get a pass but not Tracey?