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Old September 29 2013, 07:39 PM   #226
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You said yourself. In the same post.
The real-life examples I was talking about were not promotions of cadets. I honestly don't understand what you're finding hard to grasp about that.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:40 PM   #227
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Kirk was a Lt.

He was also made First Officer by Pike. I guess that's a battlefield commission.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:40 PM   #228
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So what exactly is the problem here?
That battlefield promotions tend to happen with commissioned officers and not cadets? I thought you knew what kind of "believability" we were talking about here.

Okay, really going.
Kirk was a commissioned officer since he carries the rank of Lieutenant.

Look, I had a problem with Cadet-to-Captain as well. I'd have rather had him been a disgraced Lt. Commander (I believe it was a poster named Kelso who first came up with that angle) but to say it somehow was a problem because Trek was always believable (or even tried to be) when it came to how it portrayed Starfleet is just plain non-sense.

I don't believe in holding one form of Trek to a standard that I don't hold other forms of Trek to.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:42 PM   #229
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Look, I had a problem with Cadet-to-Captain as well. . .
Thank you.

but to say it somehow was a problem because Trek was always believable (or even tried to be) when it came to how it portrayed Starfleet is just plain non-sense.
Good thing that isn't what I said.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:43 PM   #230
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I don't believe in holding one form of Trek to a standard that I don't hold other forms of Trek to.
Nor has Trek ever held to itself.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:48 PM   #231
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Kirk was a Lt.
A cadet officer, not a commissioned officer. Cadets have officer ranks, they are not commissions.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:49 PM   #232
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Look, I had a problem with Cadet-to-Captain as well. . .
Thank you.

but to say it somehow was a problem because Trek was always believable (or even tried to be) when it came to how it portrayed Starfleet is just plain non-sense.
Good thing that isn't what I said.
My mistake...

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Actually, one of the best innovations of the original Trek was the commitment to making the human institutions involved believable to a contemporary audience. It was permissible to extrapolate, but the ideal was not to have people behave in completely unbelievable ways for an audience today and then say "Well, it's science fiction." It was one of many smart Trek ideas that helped differentiate the show from the pure camp that went before it and that the NuTrek version of the franchise has forgotten.
...I thought this was from one of your posts.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:51 PM   #233
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Kirk was a Lt.
A cadet officer, not a commissioned officer. Cadets have officer ranks, they are not commissions.
Do you have any actual proof of this or is it another interpretation?

Someone else wanna shot a hole in this? I'm getting tired of typing!
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Old September 29 2013, 07:52 PM   #234
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I thought this was from one of your posts.
It is. Notice how it says "the ideal was"? I have never said the ideal was perfectly adhered to, just that it was stronger in the best of Trek and weaker in the worst of Trek. I get that it's more satisfying to pretend that you're arguing against some extremist position, but one might say with all due respect that it is rather bad form.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:55 PM   #235
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Do you have any actual proof of this or is it another interpretation?
Far as I remember, he's clearly stated to be a cadet from the outset, is not promoted beyond cadet before the battle with Nero, and is promoted from cadet to captain at the end of the film. So, it's a recollection of what the film says. If I'm mistaken or missed a point in the film, then by all means correct me, but I don't think I have and I think you're still dancing. Especially given that you yourself have already admitted the cadet-to-captain things was a problem. (Poor performance, Commander Burns, I think we shall have to demote you.)
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Old September 29 2013, 07:57 PM   #236
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I thought this was from one of your posts.
It is. Notice how it says "the ideal was"? I have never said the ideal was perfectly adhered to, just that it was stronger in the best of Trek and weaker in the worst of Trek. I get that it's more satisfying to pretend that you're arguing against some extremist position, but one might say with all due respect that it is rather bad form.
It doesn't matter what the "ideal" was. What matters was what we actually got on the screen. And on screen we got a Starfleet that acted however the story needed it to act, not one that acted like a real military.

You're holding Abrams and Company to a different standard than the TOS gang and those who came afterward. It's okay, but at least admit that's what you are doing.
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Old September 29 2013, 07:59 PM   #237
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Do you have any actual proof of this or is it another interpretation?
Far as I remember, he's clearly stated to be a cadet from the outset, is not promoted beyond cadet before the battle with Nero...
So, no?
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Old September 29 2013, 08:00 PM   #238
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It doesn't matter what the "ideal" was.
I respectfully disagree. The existence of the ideal made a real difference to what got on the screen, whatever its imperfections, and genuinely did set Trek off from prior televised SF. You are of course free to disagree with this, but again, it's hard to see how doing so particularly bolsters your credibility as a rational judge of TOS' flaws, of what's believable and what isn't.
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So, no?
So, claiming that I have no proof about the content of the film except the content of the film is your angle?

Admiral Burns, you magnificent bastard. Captain Zinger is starting to look like his career is standing still.
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...genuinely did set Trek off from prior televised SF...
What set Trek apart from other shows at the time was the fact that it was really the first "adult" sci-fi drama with a regular set of characters and the chemistry between Shatner, Nimoy and Kelly.

I'm not sure I know of any one that watches a military show or a cop show or a medical show because of how closely it resembles the organizations or practices that make up the background.
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