You make some valid points and I think that overall I am in agreement with your assessment of the dynamics of the characters in the Nutrek verse. The basis of my comment was in response to posts about Uhura replacing Bones as the "new" member of the trio. Your reasoning is basically the same as mine and I myself, am comfortable with the importance of Bones to the character development of Kirk in Nutrek. P.S. thanks to all who responded to my request for assistance in using "quotes".