Re: Do fans want the prime timeline back? Part 2: Poll edition.
That we're not spoon-fed a good reason for the ship being underwater doesn't mean that one doesn't exist. If you believe Our Heroes have any idea what they're doing then it seems reasonable to assume that they had a good reason for doing what they did.
If you don't believe Our Heroes had any idea what they were doing, then Pike was right to call Kirk out on his recklessness in any case, but since we don't know what led up to the E being underwater in the first place, we're not exactly in a position to critique the decision.
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