Re: Star Trek: TMP questions and observations
Politics... It wouldn't surprise me if Nogura was so mad that he made Kirk take a demotion. Kirk, in turn, said that Decker had to take a demotion.
I don't know that Kirk would have been able to make that call. It's always been my impression that Kirk had give up a great deal to get the Enterprise
back. We don't know that he would have been allowed to keep the vessel had Decker remained aboard following TMP. Nothing's explicitly stated in the script, but I think he was on an extremely tight leash. Any decision regarding rank changes would have been Nogura's rather than Kirk's.
"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