Re: The Final Frontier With Decker On Board
R. Star wrote:
As lame as his attempt was... what's it say of Sybok that he was fooled by it?
Honestly? Probably nothing. Sybok certainly knew of Starfleet, but it's not a given he'd have known how to recognize individual rank insignia. As a rule, Starfleet officers don't lie. He had no reason not to take Chekov at his word. As Sybok had been wandering the galaxy for several years, it's not surprising that he had no idea who Kirk was until the latter introduced himself (using his typical leadership by arrogance approach).
"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