Re: Star Trek: TMP questions and observations
Unfortunately, most of that side of Decker's character development was cut out of the movie, so his motivations were left rather unclear.
And I learned about it only because I read Ex Machina
. The passage where Kirk describes his conversations with Decker's mother were extremely helpful in understanding his character. I liked that Kirk admitted his own assumptions about Decker were wrong, as he'd inferred that Decker had the same goals for himself that Kirk did.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"