Originally Posted by TAReber
Spock served under Pike's command for 7 years, 4 months and 5 days as i learned. Its true Pikes accident was during kirks 5 year mission. Does anyone know what captain James Kirk served under first when he left the academy?
Kirk met Pike when he was promoted to fleet captain so its possible that Christopher Pikes 5 year mission started after kirk graduated from the academy making it possible for kirk to meet Spock after graduation also.
I guess its safe to conclude that Talos IV was the middle of Pikes 5 year mission 13 years ago. Possible making kirk around age 20, and that would mean that kirk met him at an earlier age. We can conclude that kirk was at least in the academy to be able to meet pike when he did.
I gotta figure this time line out, I gotta know if it is still possible for kirk to have a relationship with spock early on in his star fleet career. I would like to know if the movie is going to be possible to line up with the TOS episodes.
Ok, I'm gonna go out on a limb here, so non-Canonites get your slings and rocks ready, but here goes...
From TOS episodes, you can piece together some of the history.
In the episode "The Conscience of the King," Kirk was a young teenager living on Tarsus IV when Governor Kodos ordered the execution of 8,000 colonists. So he was already out in the galaxy as a teenager, but later returned to Earth (I guess in time to learn how to drive on an antique Corvette, but then forget how to drive a Studebaker when he grows up...)
In "The Apple" a red shirt security officer named Mallory gets killed by Vaal. Kirk says that Mallory's father helped get him into Starfleet Academy, so he returned the favor by getting Mallory aboard his Enterprise. At the Academy, he meets Gary Mitchell in a philosophy class, according to "Where No Man Has Gone Before."
Accroding to "Court Martial," the computer mentions Kirk's record and says that he particpated in a peace mission to Axanar and was awarded the Palm Leaf of Axanar on his uniform while he was still attending the Academy. You also hear the story about Finnegan that has been mentioned - he was the upperclassman who bullied Kirk at the Academy, according to "Shore Leave." You also know that he was taught at the Academy by John Gill ("Patterns of Force").
Kirk also became friends with Lieutenant Benjamin Finney, according to the episode "Court Martial," and that they served together on the USS Republic
, Kirk as a young ensign. So that had to take place before his assignment to the USS Enterprise
The next assignment you can establish for Kirk is from TOS episode "Obsession." Kirk served on the USS Farragut
under Captain Garrovick as a lieutenant and tactical officer. That's the epsidoe with the "vampire cloud" that kills by devouring red blood cells. In that episode, we learn that Captain Garrovick's son is now serving on the USS Enterprise
as an Ensign. In "Obsession," Kirk makes the following quote, that Captain Garrovick was, "my commanding officer from the day I left the Academy..."
There was also "A Private Little War," where it was mentioned that Kirk commanded his first planetary survey mission on the planet Neural as a young lieutenant and met Tyree, thirteen years before the episode took place. I don't know if they actually say the name of the ship on which he was serving, however.
I don't know if you can establish the exact math for dates and years between all of these event to create a "real" timeline. But the events themselves are all based on actual episodes and are mentioned in the dialog from those episodes, so I take them as fact. And clearly, according to what was mentioned, Kirk had a career and served on at least two vessels - the USS Farragut
and the USS Republic
before he ever arrived on the USS Enterprise
to assume command.
As for Captain Pike, it looks like you got the history correct. And if you watch "The Cage," you will see that Spock is not the First Officer at that time. During the events of "The Cage," Number One is the First Officer, Dr. Boyce is Chief Medical Office and Scotty was Chief Engineer.
The first time you see Kirk commanding the USS Enterprise
is in TOS episode "Where No Man has Gone Before." Kirk doesn't "officially" acknowledge Spock as First Office, but I guess you can assume his status, based on how Kirk works so closely with him. At that time Dr. Mark Piper was Chief Medical Officer, and Lieutenant Sulu was in astrosciences and not a helmsman. Uhura was not the Communications Officer either.
In TOS epsiode "The Corbomite Manneuver," most of the crew fall into place. Uhura is Communications Officer, Sulu is at the Helm and McCoy is now Chief Medical Officer.
Chekov is harder to place. Khan recognized him in TWOK even though you don't see Chekov in "Space Seed." But if you want to get technical, Chekov did not know Harry Mudd in TOS "I, Mudd." So he must have arrived on the USS Enterprise
somewhere between "Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd."
Hope that helps you a little bit. Also hope that it doesn't annoy the non-Canonites too terribly much.
Let the rock-slinging begin!