All I know is that by killing a classic Vette, the character (I don't care about director, writer etc) of Kirk gets a thumbs down on the conventional wisdom scale.
I mean rebel yell and all that, but killing a Vette? Argh!
The kid factor is the only mitigation there for me.
"I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm gonna find out. "-Captain Christopher Pike