Originally Posted by Elizadolots
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.
Works for me! Though Greenwood and Pine hardly seem the same age as actors. That aside, I agree there are various ways to interweave Pike's and Kirk's careers and commands in the 'untold' missions between them and Kirk getting command of the E.
Hey, maybe that's why O&K decided to tell their story in this span of TREK history, right?!