Re: Should Illia and Decker have survived ?
Yeah, I wouldn't mind seeing Lt Decker and Ensign Ilia milling around somewhere.
Ilia seemed fairly young, so it's possible she wouldn't have even been at the Academy by the time the Enterprise
was launched under Pike in the nuTrek universe.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again