Re: Star Trek: TMP questions and observations
Robert Comsol wrote:
Maybe Nick Meyer noticed that and thus put it back to its "original" location in TWOK?
IIRC, Meyer wanted to be able to shoot Kirk and Spock together while on the bridge and thought having the science station to the right of the captain's chair was the easiest way to go about it. The in-universe explanation was actually provided by Christopher in Ex Machina
as he included text where Kirk wonders about putting the science station in a position similar to what it occupied during the five-year mission.
"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