Originally Posted by MissionTrek08
Not to mention that TOS absolutely contradicts that Pike dies. The transfer of Enterprise command is a standard move after Pike's final five-year mission.
Right...but the point is that it's possible for the MOVIE (which shows Kirk and Pike on the same bridge) to be canon.
Kirk clearly states that he didn't meet Pike until he was promoted to Fleet Captain.
MENDEZ: You ever met Chris Pike?
KIRK: When he was promoted to Fleet Captain.
MENDEZ: About your age. Big, handsome man, vital, active.
Note that according to Mendez, Kirk and Pike are about the same age..so, the fast track for Kirk has a lot of traction.