Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote:
So Kirk went back to the academy. So, what if Pike never figured out what bar he hiding out in to tell him that he had been given the first officer position, what would Pike have done and it was necessary that his first officer needed to show up at the Daystrum meeting?
That was the same bar from ST XI, wasn't it? IIRC, it is near to where Jim lives (and there's an Academy base nearby, hence the conflict in the original film between the cadets and 'townies'). At the very least, Pike probably figured out long ago that Jim likes to hang out there. And in any case I'm sure that Starfleet officers, inactive or not, can be tracked down with ease.