Re: TSFS Destruct Sequence: Why Chekov?
Or just because the civilian Federation government forgave Kirk and Company, it doesn't mean Starfleet did. After all, Kirk made them look like incompetent chumps during The Search for Spock.
To me, that says more about Starfleet than it does Kirk and his friends. There's simply no excuse for Styles neglecting the security of his vessel and allowing Scotty to dismantle the engine. That the vessel was a prototype carrying high expectations only makes what happened worse, because the Federation wasn't able to test their new technology as planned.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"