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Old October 7 2013, 09:24 PM   #16
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Re: Star Trek: TMP questions and observations

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I'm sure that's the "real world" explanation - also, if Decker were in command of the ship, then I'd assume that he'd be in the center seat and Kirk would be standing around to direct the mission itself, which also isn't what audiences paid to see.
That was a problem in TOS: Where is a senior officer supposed go? Real flagships usually have a separate bridge for the admiral, and that would seem to make sense for a starship, too, but obviously back-and-forth by intercom wouldn't be very good dramatically. With the captain sitting in the throne-like center seat, even a honcho like Fox or Ferris seemed kind of subordinate, standing around getting in everyone's way.
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